Archive for July 18, 2012


Kickstarter for Publishing

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In the last week, I’ve gotten several requests to promote Kickstarter publishing campaigns here.  You can take a look at current children’s publishing Kickstarter campaigns on their site.  At this time, I’m not willing to promote specific campaigns, since I don’t feel that they fit into the scope of this blog.

I think a lot of the new appeal of funding books this way has to do with stories like this one about Seth Godin raising $130,000 for his next book.  Perhaps they didn’t hear the ending of that story, where he returned to working with a publisher rather than self-publishing as he had in the past.

So, I’ve added a new clause to my review policy, so that it now addresses Kickstarter campaigns.  It states that I will not be participating in promotion of such funding campaigns on Kickstarter or any other site of that sort.

So other bloggers, what are you doing with this sort of request?

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Olympig by Victoria Jamieson

Boomer has decided to be the first pig ever to compete in the Animal Olympics and gained attention of the news.  He practiced hard and at night dreamt of Olympic victory.  The next day, he lined up for the race against cheetahs, rabbits, and greyhounds.  He lost, of course, much to the delight of the news.  Boomer was heart broken until he realized he had other events to compete in.  He lost at weightlifting, hurdles, high jump, wrestling and more.  Then came the diving event, and Boomer knew that he had the best dive in the animal world: the cannonball!  But even then, he lost!  Boomer quit before the final event, storming off the field.  But then he saw his mother on the news saying how special he was and how much she loved him.  So he put on his costume for the final event, and off he went!

Jamieson portrays Boomer as an eternal optimist, someone who has been told that all it takes to succeed is to practice and do your best.  Unfortunately, it sometimes takes some natural talent too.  But Boomer remains that optimist.  He may get bruised and battered, but bounces back.  Jamieson has created an underdog that everyone will be rooting for, but who is also doomed to fail. 

The illustrations are done in a silly, cartoon style.  Jamieson creates engaging pairings for each event: Boomer weightlifts against an elephant, jumps against a flying squirrel and dives against a seal.  Adding to the jolly feel of the book are the endpages that have a silhouette of a round pig doing a range of Olympic events.  They have just the right feel, mocking the Olympic signage.

Silly and yet heart warming, this picture book is nicely timed with the Summer Olympics and will be enjoyed by all of us who yearn to be Olympic victors but just aren’t built for it.  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from copy received from Dial Books for Young Readers.

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