Monday, July 14, 2008

Re-Release Party: Tate Hallaway

"Tate Hallaway, party of one!"

First of all, before I get started, I have to take a moment to complain about my Monday so far. It's been the kind of Monday that Garfield would love. I spent an hour at the post office trying to track down a package that the computer tracking numbers SWORE had arrived already, only to discover I'd read it wrong and the package is still on its way. Then, as my son's birthday is coming up next week, I went off to the bookstore to pick up a book I'd put on hold for him several months ago... the key words being "SEVERAL." Of course, they'd cleared out their hold shelf in the meantime, so I spent twenty minutes hunting though the store for "Space Monster Mazes"... though that one, I did eventually find. And, to my extreme pleasure, I discovered that Cynthia Rylant (and illustrator, Arthur Howard,) has a new Mr. Putter & Tabby book out called "Mr. Putter & Tabby Run the Race." If you've had no reason to read children's books, but love them, I absolutely have to recommend this series (which starts with "Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea"). Also, if you have writer friends in your life, Cynthia Rylant has an awesome send-up of the writer's life with "Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book."



Okay, now back to your regularly scheduled party. So, how about this? I'll give away ten signed copies of my newest release: Romancing the Dead to the first ten people to tell me what their favorite children's book is/was? Extra points if it's science fiction/fantasy!

25 comments:

sidhevicious said...

I absolutely loved Charlie and The Chocolate Factory! And the Scooby Doo cartoons and books were great as well as the "classics" like Cinderella, Snow White & The Seven Dwarves and Alice In Wonderland.

Angie Fox said...

Okay, I can't win because I already have my copy of Romancing the Dead - fantastic book, btw.

But I have to jump in and say my daughter's favorite book right now is Five Little Monkeys. It's a very simple story, but she lights up everytime and I love to watch that.

retstak.org said...

Hmmm, that's fun. One of the best presents I got in college was when my mother gave me a new copy of Green Eggs & Ham, and it became a regular fixture in my dorm room. I loved Beverly Cleary's books, and was honored to meet her when they renamed my dorm for her.

But I think I've got to go with John Christopher's Tripods trilogy. (Okay, and the prequel.) The first book The White Mountains was required reading in sixth grade, but it just grabbed hold and didn't let go, and I had to go get the next couple books to find out what happened.

For years I dreamed of writing a movie script of that first book because it was so vivid in my head. I may try just for the writing practice at some point.

-kat

Ericka said...

My favorite was The Easter Bunny and the Little Golden Shoes. It is about this little brown cottontail that wants to be a easter bunny, grows up, has children and finally gets her chance :).

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nascarandbeans said...

My favorite kids story.. boy my kids are teenagers down to ten, so the books in the house are mostly Harry Potter type books.and those have all been really good.... if it could be a favorite movie? im still at the age of 40 addicted to Wizard of Oz...

CrystalGB said...

I loved Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

LadyVampire2u said...

My favorite book as a child was "The Ugly Duckling". I remember my mother reading me a golden book copy so many times that the thing fell apart and she had to buy a new one.

batikpuma said...

Hard to narrow it down to a favorite. I was one of the kids who read everything that I could get my hands on.

Besides the books already mentioned, I really enjoyed My Great Brain and the whole series. (Fitzgerald) Combines Western pioneer life with a younger brother's POV regarding the clever, scheming older brother who always gets away with things. I also really like the Little House on the Prairie series. The last few years I've started reading the Christmas chapters from some of the books to my niece and nephew to counteract the whole huge Christmas thing.

Encyclopedia Brown. Sure, they're quick, but I enjoyed the whodunnit.

The Monster at the End of this Book with Grover of Sesame Street. Grover desperately tries to stop the reader from turning pages in the book because there's a monster at the end of the book. I loved how turning the page destroyed his brick wall, ropes, boards and nails and other devices.

I haven't read Tate's work yet, but I love the works of her friend Lyda.

Janicu said...

I really loved the BFG by Roald Dahl. I was so upset when I heard he died, I even kept his obituary from the newspaper. I think I was about 11 or 12.

azteclady said...

Any and all by Jules Verne, and the I, Robot anthology by Issac Asimov.

And all the Arsene Lupin books by Maurice Leblanc. Everything by Agatha Christie.

azteclady said...

Oh shoot, you meant like little kids books?

Then it's probably my collection of Christian Andersen's stories (I still have it)

Natalie Hatch said...

damn I'm number 13...
I loved Bunnicula the tale of a vampire bunny rabbit by John Howe..

danetteb said...

I'm too late :( It's ok,I love Romancing the Dead,I agree with Angie,Its Fudgin Awesome!

My favorite book was Snow White and Rose(I think that was the title)

Happy Re-Release Week!
Hugs, Danette

Carmen R said...

my favorite book growing up was Grimm's Fairy Tales

nascarandbeans said...

freading all these titles, i guess looking back to my own childhood i remember at my grandmothers my favorite was always Curious George..

Natalie Hatch said...

Oh Angie, you should try some books by Phillis Root - One Duck Stuck was fantastic. I also love Pamela Allen, she has a way of rhyming that gets infectious, and Mem Fox's 'Wombat Divine' is just visually beautiful. Actually there are some pretty great childrens authors out at the moment.

paigemaddison said...

Wow, I'm running behind today...

Mine was Christina's Ghost by Betty Wright... Found it in 5th grade, turned me into a paranormal FREAK!

sidhevicious said...

I think I was reading V.C. Andrews books in grades 5 or 6 and they're what got me started on "creepy", "paranormal" type genres. Yup.

And we can't forget Peter Rabit.:) I just had to add those in there.

Karen B. said...

For picture books, I loved The Story About Ping and also Make Way for Ducklings. Funny how I grew up to be more of a cat person than a duck person. Other favorites for-the-art included the Little Engine That Could and a version of Cinderella that must have been done using an airbrush.

@Kat, the Tripods trilogy was the first SF that I ever read. Loved it for ages and ages; I still own copies, too. The Little House books were great, too. (Hmm, I can't remember any books I didn't like.) Lots of the Dell Yearling paperbacks, too -- Harriet the Spy, EL Koenigsburg, Beverly Cleary, Joan Aitken, et al.

Lori T said...

I know I am way late...darn day job...but all time favorite children's book was The Poky Little Puppy. There literally was not one member of my family that did not know all the words because they had to read it to me so many times. Which just goes to show that my family was pretty great that everyone knew the words even my aunts and uncles.

Then their is a tie between The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

I'm bummed that I am so late, but I had to share my favorites. Congrats to the winners!!

DKoren said...

My favorite growing up was "A Cricket in Times Square." I had a little metal cricket that my mom had given me, and my family's love of opera made this book special. I don't know how many times I read that book when I was little!

Natalie Hatch said...

I remember the John Wyndham books 'The Chrysalids' books, they were fantastic, he also wrote 'Chocky' and 'The Day of the Triffids' now that's one scary book, never looked at orchids or other Iris like plants in the same way again... I used to have nightmares about giant daffodils eating their way to my house....

Dawn said...

My favorites as a kid were Dr. Seuss and The Berenstain Bears. Later, it was Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Madeleine L'Engle and C.S. Lewis. I still love children's books and read to my niece all the time. My newest favorite author is Karma Wilson.

kimmyl said...

I had many at different ages! As a small child it would be Charlotte's Web and The Velvetten Rabbit. As I grew older I loved the Little House on the Prarie series and as I hit pre teen it was The Fear Street Series. After that it was all the Young adult novels about falling in love and such and having the prefect life!