Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sofia's Dream and Two Giggly Girls

This month I’m featuring some cool Christmas ideas! This one is for my followers who are parents (God Bless you!) – a charming new children’s book called Sofia’s Dream by Land Wilson. Why is this an excellent choice for Christmas? I’ll let the author’s daughters explain…

Anyone who reads sci-fi knows there are plenty of books in which the hero has left Planet Earth because humans have destroyed her. That explains why we’re writing about a kid lit book called Sofia’s Dream, in which a little girl visits the Moon and after seeing the planet from the Moon’s point of view, is inspired to do what she can to protect the world. We asked author, Land Wilson’s daughter (whose best little friend IS the Sofia in the title) to tell us why we should all buy the book. Between giggles, here’s what the girls have to say:

Ten Reasons You Should Buy Sofia's Dream:

10.Because my Dad wrote it!
9. Because it has an important message for everybody!
8. Because we like the pictures!
7. Because it will make you smarter! (giggle)
6. Because the Moon will be glad you read about him!
5. Because Sofia is my best friend! (more giggles)
4. Because dreaming can be fun!
3. Because it will help the Earth!
2. Because astronauts think it is important to us!
1. Because it would make my Dad very happy if you buy the book!

Here’s a picture of the two giggly girls. How can you resist that?



There’s something else to make all you readers smile. We have a drawing for the book so leave your name and email in a comment here.

There is also a special drawing for an iPod shuffle so you can listen to the original songs Little Pickle Press has for their books at iTunes. Click over to the Little Pickle Press blog and sign up for that contest there.

The Little Pickle Press website is at Little Pickle Press and you can follow them at Twitter, too, [@LPP_Media] for all the latest news about their environmentally conscious children’s literature and other media.

And just for the record, I was not involved in the giggling. Captain Ninja Alex does NOT giggle!

68 comments:

Ted Cross said...

Those cute girls must be very proud of their father!

Gail said...

...but I bet the captain can chuckle!

I want to win! Gail dpw@centurytel.net

Renae said...

What adorable little girls!! I am so getting this book for my daughter. My second graders will love it as well!

Thanks Alex!

DEZMOND said...

what a charming post!

Kelly said...

That is the sweetest review ever!

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm giggling just reading the post and looking at the pic. Please don't tell anyone.

RosieC said...

Thanks for sharing the info on this book. What a great idea! I would love to be entered in the drawing. rlconnolly01@gmail.com

PS--Congrats on finishing NaNo. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gail, the captain chuckles, but no giggles!

Stephen, I think you just did!

Thanks, Rosie!

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

aww! That book sounds awesome! I love books that have earth friendly morals. Throw me in for the drawing!

Arlee Bird said...

My girls are all grown up and read much different things these days. I used to look for stuff like this all the time when they were little.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Anne Gallagher said...

Come now Captain Alex, I'm sure if we asked your wife, she would tell us true, that you have indeed giggled, at least once.

What a great book. I'm in. Monster Baby would love it.
piedmontwriter at gmail dot com.

And the movie I couldn't find yesterday was The Incredibles. Don't know why it wasn't around unless they had it on sale.

Nebular said...

The cover is so cute, and the girls even cuter :)

Summer Ross said...

You not involved in the giggling- hmmm, somehow I think you were, :)

Looks like a good book for girls...I have a six year old who might enjoy it.

Jules said...

Okay, I'll giggle but I'd rather laugh :) Loved the reasons for buying this book :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Heather said...

Looks like a gorgeous book!

sweetpeasandsassafras at yahoo dot com

Simon Kewin said...

Heh, that sounds great. I think my two girls might enjoy this one!

Helen Ginger said...

Fabulous post, Alex. I love the look and message of this book. Makes me wish I had grandkids or even a niece.

Milo James Fowler said...

From what I hear, breaking into Kids Lit is no easy task, so kudos to Mr. Wilson!
Write1Sub1

The Invisible Seductress said...

Oooh, ooo,h meee, meeee, (raising hand frantically) I want to win it....

Old Kitty said...

I bet you're tickly though!!
LOL!!

Awww this book sounds so sweet and just perfect for Christmas! Take care
x

The Golden Eagle said...

I don't really know anyone in that age group, but it sounds like a sweet book. :)

Budd said...

reposted at scifi media. This looks great.

N. R. Williams said...

Love this post Alex. I certainly intend to buy books from the Little Pickle Press. Just not sure when I can.
Nancy
gillael@aol.com
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Anne, my wife pleads the Fifth! And that's odd you couldn't find The Incredibles, unless it's too old.

Kitty, only my wife knows the tickle spots.

Thanks, Budd - that's great!

Melissa said...

That book sounds like something my niece would love! What a great idea. Thanks Alex

LTM said...

I have a little girl who defies your "no giggle" claim. Thanks for this rec! It's perfect for someone in particular on my list~ :o)

Matthew Rush said...

Is this a picture book or a chapter book? If PB my kids are probably too old. If not my 9 year old might like it ...

Colene Murphy said...

Agreed, that is the cutest review I have ever read!! Sounds like an adorable book!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

This book sounds like something my goddaughter would love. Thanks Alex.

Dani Greer said...

Matthew, it's a PB for ages 4-8. Although I know a few 80-year-olds who should take the message to heart! ;) Tomorrow I'll have a wrap-up post at the Little Pickle press blog about how a series of interviews the author did with astronauts led to the writing of this book. It's the big story behind the little book, and anyone interested in science fiction will be able to relate to what those real guys saw from the moon.

Jai Joshi said...

This book sounds adorable. I'll keep it in mind as a gift for my friends' kids.

Jai

Cheeseboy said...

Not only a parent, but a First Grade teacher. Looks really good. I'll for sure be checking it out.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cheeseboy, it's right up your alley!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Ninja Alex may not be giggling, but I am! Love the post and those little girls are adorable. The book sounds like a wonderful Christmas idea – thanks.

Ann Best said...

I need to giggle more!

I would LOVE to win a copy.
Ann Best, A Long Journey Home
annbest37@yahoo.com

Leovi said...

Fantástica idea, el cuidado del planeta pronto dependerá de las nuevas generaciones.
PD. Si, hay plástico.

Leovi said...

Fantastic idea, care of the planet will soon depend on the new generations.
PD. If there is plastic.

Hart Johnson said...

That was darling to have the little girl present why! And I have some little people I would love to send this to:

hartjohnson23(at)gmail(dot)com

The Game Store Guy said...

Looks like a very cute book and I know a couple people who might enjoy it. :)

Patricia A. Timms said...

This was so cute. Tugging on the heart strings here. My kids would probably really enjoy this story, especially my son who thinks is from somewhere other than Earth.

patriciamcgehee@gmail.com

Melissa Gill said...

Well that's just too darned cute. I'm going to have to get this for my neice, she loves those kind of books.

baygirl32 said...

how cute, kiddo just glanced over my shoulder and asked what the two girls were giggleing about

Abby Minard said...

Oh how cute! I'm going to check that book out- sounds like my kinda book! And those giggly girls are SO cute! Reminds me of my own giggly girl ;p

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The picture of the girls makes me smile. I'll have to look this one up for a special little girl I know.

Hannah Kincade said...

I love a good picture book! Throw my name in there! :)

Cold As Heaven said...

Looks like a great children's book. I think my little boy is past the target age. We're mostly into the Hardy Boys now >:)

Cold As Heaven

Dominic de Mattos said...

What a lovely looking book. OK - you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
It sounds a lovely book - so that's OK!
No grand children yet, but my daughter's godchild, who is also my godson's sister and whose brother is my wife's godson and whose mother is my other daughter's godmother would love it!! (They are good friends of ours!)

Jamie Gibbs (Mithril Wisdom) said...

Who doesn't love giggling? That sounds like a really cute book though, and they're right. Why does Scifi have to be about a destroyed planet? we need more happiness (and more giggles) in our scifi!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jamie I dare you to post a video of you giggling!!!

Little Pickle Press said...

What an AWESOME post, Alex! You're the best! Thank you!

Jemi Fraser said...

What a terrific sounding book!! THanks for the tip :)

The Words Crafter said...

What a great opportunity! I'm a parent to furbabies, but I have 12 part time children, Monday through Friday who would love this book!

VR Barkowski said...

That was such a great post, Alex. I want that book and I'm not even a parent!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

For the record, Ninjas do giggle. What kind of Ninja captain are you if you don't giggle?

And that does sound like an awesome book. And great idea getting the kids to do the review.

Monti said...

Nice, Alex! I love children's books, and this is a wonderful subject for them!

Monti
MaryMontagueSikes

WritingNut said...

Aww... so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

Copyboy said...

Hey, his daughters know best. Sounds like a cool read.

ali said...

I loved the giggling! That alone makes me totally want this book!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

What a precious post, Alex!

Lynda Young said...

I'm not a parent but I love the concept of the book and the art looks gorgeous.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Rayna, I'm the really serious type of Ninja!

Vicki Rocho said...

How cute. Are you SURE you didn't giggle...just a little?

Dani Greer said...

Alex, what a fantastic blog book tour host your are - thank you!

Land Wilson said...

Alex,
Thank you for hosting this post. You have a fantastic site and it means so much to me that you've helped out with the introduction of "Sofia" to the world.
All my best, ~ Land Wilson

Dempsey Sanders said...

ahhh how cute. Hope it does well, and are you sure you don't giggle Captain Alex? ha ha

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dani and Land, you are welcome!

Vicki and Dempsey - no giggling!! Really!

Patricia Stoltey said...

This post is adorable, Alex!

melodygreen said...

Sounds like a great book! :)