Monday, February 27, 2012

Hannah’s North Shore Adventure

Mom said that she had a blast last week on the North Shore of Chicago. She read “A Snow Day For Hannah” to all kinds of kids in a gazillion places including The Kenilworth Club, Willowbrook Elementary, Joseph Sears School (her Alma Mater), Crow Island Elementary, and then at The Book Stall bookstore in Winnetka.

She said reading to the kids was tons and tons of fun and that they really, really liked seeing the
YouTube video of Lucy and I wrestling in the snow to that funny music. I guess they laughed at us a lot. We are kinda funny that way! We play really hard.

I couldn’t come with Mom to Illinois in real life like I usually do, being that she had to go on a plane and all to get there. She had a fakey substitute Hannah toy that makes me a little jealous. It doesn’t smell like a dog and it won’t wrestle with me, but I guess it’s pretty cute if I confess my true feelings. (Actually I’d love to tear it apart, but she won’t let me.)

I’m a little upset that I missed so much fun! She’s still talking about it, using a strange word I haven’t heard, “buzz.” Sounds like a busy bee to me. She hopes the Boys & Girls Clubs will make a little more money from those Chicagoland book sales.

She said I even got into some newspapers, and that’s the kinda stuff I really love. Little dogs like me need to be seen - and petted all the time, too. Big humans like to read newspapers. (I love to shred them up and use them for other naughty things.)

The little humans seem to like reading picture books with cute dogs (AKA ME) in them, and they really love to snuggle with the cutesy phony Hannahs while they read my book.

Mom said it snowed really, really, cool, huge, soft snowflakes one day while she was in Illinois – just in time to read the snow book. One kid was super creative and made a snowman like I did with dog biscuit eyes and nose! Maybe I’ve started a new trend in snowman fashions!!

Speaking of Hannahs, Mom went to visit the real first Hannah that I was named after. She’s a nice lady with a cool husband that Mom’s known since she was a kid. That man named my Mom “Peach” when she was a little tyke and she’s had that nickname ever since. Everybody, almost, calls her that now – at least the people she really likes.

Okay – Mom says I’m going on too long today, but it was a big week. Quality Books wants to help her sell to Libraries and we got a decent Kirkus Review. She even sent “A Beach Day For Hannah” to the printer and it’s supposed to come out May 1st. Just imagine all the things I can do at the beach with all of my unusual talents!! You’ll have to wait and see…

Love coming from the Chi-town area!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hannah's First Review

Mom is doing back flips out there in the snow today! Our book got it's first review by The Midwest Book Review, and they said great things! Here it is:

"A Snow Day For Hannah" is a fantastic photo-journal of a day playing in snow in the life of a Bernese Mountain puppy named Hannah. With a story in verse and vivid color photos of Hannah frolicking in the snow, "A Snow Day For Hannah" appeals to all the senses. Children will feel the cold crisp tang of the snowy woods and slopes where Hannah gambols. They will see her sense with her fine nose that the storm is coming. After the storm, they will have such fun sliding on the sled and trying to talk to the snowman! In addition, children's enjoyment of the book is augmented by its focus. A portion of the profits from "A Snow Day for Hannah" are donated to Boys and Girls clubs. To enjoy learning more about the special breed of mountain dog breed that Hannah is, read "A Snow Day for Hannah" to children age 5 and up. A lovely set of note cards featuring the stunning photo portraits of Hannah in the snow also make a lovely gift for presentation."

The Midwest Book Review
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane Donovan, Editor

Thank you James and Diane! Love Hannah

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hannah's Prototype is Back!

Kids love my stuffed Hannah dog toy - it's just about the size I was when I was a puppy! - and guess what? (What?) Mom just got a whole shipment in just in time for Valentines Day!

With all those little hearts and daisies on my collar, it's a sweet little pup, just like me - Mom says I'm supposed to correct myself here - I really haven't been a good girl lately. I took revenge on my dad a few days ago and shredded his golf book, hid his loafers, messed with his blanket, and then really left a stinky mess for him deep into the carpet. I'm not sure he's going to give me a Valentine this year!

See, look at this cute kid, Connor - His mom says he reads my book two or three times a day and hangs

out with his Hannah, sleeps with it... can't get enough of that little dog!

It's snowing like all getout in Denver, and Lucy and I have a playdate this morning for some good snow romping and rolling. There's a couple of feet of the white stuff out there and that's our very most favorite favorite play toy! Hope you are enjoying some winter time fun too! If you haven't seen us playing in the snow yet, take a look at our video!

Love and white faces rolling in snow to you!

PS - Mom apologizes for all the blatant marketing with meager disguise...