Here’s what I love about social media: Darshana Khiani from Flowering Minds is my Goodreads friend, and she sent me a message saying she thought I’d like this book. (Side note: check out the recent interview with Darshana on my fellow Brain Burps contributor Julie Hedlund’s site.) So I love that we are all trying to be our real selves online, so much so that someone I’ve never met or even exchanged emails with can tell when there’s a book I’d like.*
Or, more true: a book I’d LOVE. Oh boy is this a great book. Yet another one that had my kids screaming with laughter, and definitely one I was happy to read again and again, because it’s so funny and the illustrations are so darn cute I want to curl up and take a nap with them.
This podcast episode is Part 2 of Facebook-Questions-Answered with Robyn Bradley, so don’t miss it! You can see the info on the episode here, or listen directly by clicking here.
*Do I love that we put our real selves online, or do I find it creepy? A little of both, honestly. And I realize that there are many, many people who are not putting their real selves online, but who are making up whole alternate personae, but whatever, those aren’t who I’m talking about. Or maybe they are, if I could accurately recommend a book to someone’s alternate persona.
And what better way to celebrate a dog-loving girl’s birthday than with a dog-shaped cake? Thanks to Martha Stewart for the recipe (cake here and frosting here) and templates and to Adriane for the extra-large pastry tip.
In retrospect, this cake was a bit much. It took the better part of the day to make and, as you can see, is the size of an actual dog. Still, it was kind of fun. And yummy.
I am hesitant to stop my children from playing nicely together, even when the living room looks like this. They are all playing with Legos and making some kind of alien world, and speaking to each other so sweetly. But. Really, children. This is a silly amount of stuff for you to spread on the floor and then not clean up.
What do you do? Maybe some of you decide to not pick up the house if everyone is happy, but I’m not really happy with this amount of paper.
(And p.s. does anyone have an awesome craft using paint color cards?)
Her favorite things are dogs, avocados, and clothes with pockets. And here’s a secret: she’s the most comically gifted of all my kids, I think, which says a lot. I can’t even imagine what she’s going to slay us with once she can actually construct a sentence.
Her most common topic of conversation is “DOG DOG DOG DOG” but sometimes she does talk about other animals:
Happy happy birthday, Boots! I’m so happy you came along!
Today I’ve got a review on Brain Burps About Books of the super cute picture book Say Hello to Zorro!by Carter Goodrich (you can tell it’s super cute, right? just look at that cover!). I fell in love with Zorro and did the review, and then just this week I found out that there’s a new Zorro book, Zorro Gets an Outfit. Will it be like Say Hello to Zorro! andDog Parade smooshed together? I can’t wait to find out.
Today Katie is interviewing Robyn Bradley, all about Facebook and how to figure out what to do with a Facebook page, and how it’s different from your personal page (among many other important Facebook things they discuss).
You can see more about the episode here, or listen directly by clicking here.
Jonah Lehrer and I are on Brain Burps About Books today! Ok, ok, so we’re not on at the same time: Katie is interviewing Jonah Lehrer (author of Imagine: How Creativity Works), and (separately) I do a review ofNursery Rhyme Comics. I do think it’s perfect that Katie picked this review out of the ones of mine she has (did you know this about me? I love doing picture book reviews so much I send her bunches of them at a time, instead of just my required one-a-month), because Nursery Rhyme Comics is the most creative bit of creative creativeness that I’ve seen in forever. It’s brilliant.
You can see more information about this podcast episode here, or listen directly by clicking here.
I am so completely riveted by my cousin Christina’s blog right now. She’s in China right this minute, meeting her new daughter, Lia. The photos of China are amazing, and I can’t tear myself away from today’s post, where they meet Lia (finally!) and bring her back to the hotel, even though it makes me cry every time.
So it was just about a year ago that I said, “Henry, I really want you to decide on an instrument you like so you can start taking lessons” and he said, “Oh, I already know what I want to play! The harp!” At which point I tried really hard not to burst out laughing, and also tried hard to erase the mental image of Henry trapped under a harp, since he weighs as much as a sparrow.
But luckily he had a second choice: the flute. And even better, we found an awesome teacher, Carl Dimow. Last night was Henry’s first recital. He was very first on the program, and it was so fun to sit back and watch all the other people Carl teaches and get Henry inspired for all the different kinds of flute music he can play.
“Are you nervous, Henry?” I asked a few minutes before it started. “No!” he said with surprise. “I’m so excited!”