Who is Misses Merrie?

Moment Six: Festival

Missus Merrie chimed in, “I could search the Hopkins County Public Library. May I?” Miss Merry searched the county library system. “There is one book on cursive, The Cursive Handwriting Workbook. It’s located at our sister branch, Warren County Public Library. I can have the book delivered in a few weeks. Can you wait?”

“We’ll wait!” said Gulia.

“Which of you has a library card? I can place the hold now if you like,” said Missus Merrie.

Gulia whipped out hers. “Here, use mine!”

“You won’t get far in this town without a library card, mister. I can issue you a number now, and come by the public library Tuesday for your card. There, the handwriting book is reserved on Gulia’s card. I will also add some picture books my son illustrated. You can read them while you wait, Gulia!” said Missus Merrie. If there was anything you could fault her for, it was pushing her son’s literature.

OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters by M. W. Adams

Consistency Counts: Picture Books

Consistency counts in performing well in life and work. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a professional illustrator, practice enhances performance. Studying anatomy, objects, and perspective make even the simplest cartoons believable. Cartoons created without an understanding of these skills appear flat and unprofessional.

Don’t be intimidated by the unknown. Practice skills until they’re no longer a weakness. If your abs are the weakest point, lay off the foods that cover them up. If your draw a hand that looks like a pancake with five sausages, time to study.

Use these five books to correct errors in your illustrations:

  1. The Book of a Hundred Hands (Dover Anatomy for Artists), George B. Bridgeman
  2. Dynamic Figure Drawing, Bume Hogarth
  3. The Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature (Dover Art Instruction), Ken Hultgren
  4. Cartoon Animation (Collector’s Series), Preston Blair
  5. Anatomy for the Artist, Jeno Barcsay

When illustrating a picture book be consistent—will appreciate your hard work.

Summer Reading List: “Adventures on Amelia Island”

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure continues the escapades of the Johnson family. Five-year-old Katy meets a pirate—is he real or imagined? Bobby and Joey visit a cemetery and a 19th century fort, as Bobby searches for buried treasure that is rumored to still be hidden on the island. Local legends and tales of ghosts add to a story filled with colorful characters, humorous situations, and a youthful spirit of adventure.

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Voices in St. AugustineTrouble on the St. John’s RiverGhosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.

Meet Eddie Price: “Widder’s Landing” and “Little Miss Grubby Toes Series”

Eddie Price is a lifelong native of Kentucky. A graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College (BA) and Western Kentucky University (MA and Rank I). Eddie has taught history for 36 years (31 at Hancock County High School). He has also taught part-time classes for Owensboro Community & Technical College.

The winner of numerous teaching awards, Eddie has coached many award-winning academic teams and history contest winners. He is active in the Hancock County Historical Society and helped organize the Young Historians Club. Eddie is world traveler who enjoys bicycling, horseback riding and swimming. He now lives in Hancock County, Kentucky.

Eddie is also an award-winning author of Widder’s Landing, Life and Love on the Kentucky Frontier. The first book in his children’s book series is Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee. Eddie’s charismatic personality shines through in Little Miss Grubby Toes naughty but lovable character.

Let Eddie bring his award-winning teaching style to your classroom! Author Eddie Price is renowned for his energetic, educational school visits. He combines his talents with safety personnel in your community to present an entertaining lesson that could save lives.

Visit www.eddiepricekentuckyauthor.com to learn about Eddie’s books and presentations.

Eddie Price
175 Windsong Drive
Hawesville, KY 42348
Author Facebook Page www.facebook.com/eddieprice.1954

King for a Day Book Giveaway!

To celebrate March coming in like a lion and going out like a Unicorn? MWA, Inc. is giving away one copy each of King for a Day, the Story of Stories, Best Sketchbook, and 1011 Uma Unicorn Pattern (Size Medium).
Is it possible to change an ordinary day into an extraordinary story? Russell,  a Jack Russell terrier, believes so. Learn how, with the help of his friends: a boy named Carter, his stuffed toy lion Litto, and stuffed toy unicorn Uma. Carter is supposed to write a story for Momma Gi Gi’s Jamboree. The best storyteller of the Jamboree is to be crowned “King for a Day.” Carter really wants to win the crown, but can’t do it alone. Discover how journaling saves the day.
King for a Day, the Story of StoriesBest Sketchbook, and 1011 Uma Unicorn Pattern (Size Medium) are popular books and pattern created by MWA, Inc. To celebrate, MWA,Inc will give away one copy of each book and one pattern. (Total retail value: $39.85) To qualify for our giveaway; like, share, or post this blog on your social media before March 31, 2015. Persons posting must live within the continental United States. Giveaway will not be shipped outside the continental United States. Winner will be randomly selected and notified April 1, 2015.
Items Given Away:
ISBN:  9781596160088
Retail Price:  $16.95
ISBN:  9781596160057
Retail Price:  $12.95
ISBN:  9781596160217
Retail Price:  $9.95

Meet Karen Spruill: “Teddy Tales” & “Scribble Dee Sophie”

Karen Spruill, M.A., L.M.H.C., is looking forward to art projects with her new grandson. She is a counselor, blogger and award-winning book author. She believes art is awesome therapy for children and adults. Karen lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, and rescue-dog, Teddy. Their two married children, and grandson live nearby. Karen’s Books:

Teddy Tales

  1. Florida Publishers Association President’s Award Silver Medalist – 2012

    Scribble Dee Sophie

“Thanks for helping me bring Teddy Tales to life! I look forward to marketing together and more projects. Keep creating dreams!” – Karen Spruill

MWA, Inc. Must Read List: The 4-Hour Workweek

I read a new business book each month. Good books are read multiple times. This month’s selection is a repeat favorite. So much that I also have the audio book for traveling. Be prepared to take notes. The 4-Hour Workweek is an inspiring read.

Time management is important not only to entrepreneurs, but also the average person. Streamlining processes is my focus for 2015. The MWA, Inc Must Read List kickstarts 2015 with The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich written by Timothy Ferriss.

Book:  The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Audio Book:  The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

Website: www.FourHourWorkweek.com