Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MACARONI AND CHEESE FOR THANKSGIVING

Today, I'm excited to share MACARONI AND CHEESE FOR THANKSGIVING, the latest picture book by Author Cheryl C. Malandrinos, with you. Sit back, relax, and enjoy meeting the family.


Isn't this an adorable cover? Innocent little doggie.
 


Blurb:

 

Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

 

Excerpt:

 

Moments later, the front door swung open. In walked Macy’s dad and grandparents. The family raced to the door to hug them.

 

Crash!

 

“Oh no!” cried Mom. “What was that?”
 
 
 
Links to Purchase:
 
Author Bio:                                                       
Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd and A Christmas Kindness. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married. Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com/ and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/
Social Media Links:
Website Address: http://ccmalandrinos.com/
 
 
Twitter Address: @ccmalandrinos
 
 

What Cheryl Has to Say:



A Picture Book Writer’s Alternative to NaNoWriMo by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

 
Starting in October—and sometimes before that—writers begin talking and brainstorming about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This annual event challenges writers to crank out 50,000 words over the 30 days of November.

I’ve done it. I’ve known people who have won it. Some NaNoWriMo novels have become bestsellers. NaNoWriMo, however, was never for me. I write slowly. I’m sometimes distracted by historical research. Though some write better under pressure, I’m not one of them. So I began searching out alternatives and stumbled upon:

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo): An annual event (moving to January in 2017) where the challenge is to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days.

National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee): An annual event taking place the first week in May that challenges you to write 7 picture books in 7 days.

My new release, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving, is a product of both of these events. In 2010, I participated in PiBoIdMo for the first time. Creating 30 picture book concepts in 30 days sounds easier than it is. By Thanksgiving week I was certain failure was in my future because the ideas were taking longer and longer.

As I reviewed my ideas up to that point, I noticed several of them were set during holidays—Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas. My mind settled on Thanksgiving, but I didn’t want the typical be thankful story. Could a holiday disaster story be the answer? It would have to be something kids would find funny. What if right before dinnertime, the dog swiped the turkey off the table? That “what if” became the premise behind Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving.

Months would pass before I wrote Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving during my first attempt at NaPiBoWriWee in 2011. Encouraged by a local children’s librarian, I wrote six new picture books that week.

I’m grateful the internet has brought about a way to connect with writers across the globe whose creativity has led to alternatives for those of us who were searching for new ways to challenge ourselves. I’m looking forward to 2017 and another chance to participate in these events.

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd and A Christmas Kindness. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married. Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com/ and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/
 
My Thoughts
 
 
MACARONI AND CHEESE FOR THANKSGIVING Review
By Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Illustrations by Marina Movshina
 
 
Thanksgiving. Turkey. Stuffing. Cranberry Sauce. Mashed Potatoes. Family together. What a wonderful holiday. But what if something happens to the turkey and trimmings? Is the Thanksgiving meal ruined?
 
In MACARONI AND CHEESE FOR THANKSGIVING, the latest picture book by Author Cheryl C. Malandrinos, ten-year-old Macy and her family have everything ready for the big day. They’re waiting for Grandma and Grandpa to arrive, when the unthinkable happens. An accident destroys the turkey. Their dinner is ruined. Or is it? How can you have Thanksgiving without turkey? Impossible, right? Well, maybe not. Macy has a solution to their dilemma and gives her parents, along with the reader, a bit of history about the First Thanksgiving. Will her plan work? Will the family agree?
 
The author has written a story about a family, much like yours or mine, perhaps, that works together when life doesn’t turn out the way they want it to. They take a situation and make the best of it, quite creatively, I think. And in working together, they also discover that being with family is more important than what they eat.
 
MACARONI AND CHEESE FOR THANKSGIVING is a fun read that would make a good addition to elementary school classrooms and libraries, public libraries, as well as your own library. Happy reading. Recommended.
Happy Reading!

25 comments:

  1. This looks a wonderful book and such a lovely review by you Beverly. Hope the book is a great success.
    Yvonne.

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    1. It is a cute story about a girl that's not about to let her Thanksgiving be ruined, Yvonne. I hope the book is a big success too.

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    2. Thanks, nashvillecats2. I appreciate your kind words.

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  2. Sounds like a great one indeed with a good message. Never knew they did a type of nano for picture books either.

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    1. I remember when Cheryl was writing her picture book ideas, Pat. She had some really good ones, the Thanksgiving story one of them.

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    2. Thanks, Pat. Maybe you'll join us for PiBoIdMo in January. Wouldn't that be fun?

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  3. Congrats to Cheryl!

    I think coming up with all those PB ideas is harder than writing a novel in 30 days.

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    1. I agree, Kelly. Writing picture books is not easy just because they're short. In fact, to me, their length makes them more difficult to write.

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  4. I'd eat Mac & Cheese for Thanksgiving. ;)

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  5. Thanks for hosting me today, Bev. Loved your review. So glad you enjoyed my book.

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    1. My pleasure, Cheryl. It is a great story that should appeal to young readers, especially those that like macaroni and cheese. :)

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  6. Congratulations to Cheryl C. Malandrinos! Interesting plot and premise of her book!

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    1. It is an adorable story, Nasreen, and could really happen. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. What an adorable book! I had no idea there were all these challenges for picture book writers. I can see how NaNo wouldn't work for them. It doesn't really work for chapter book writers, either, since our books are usually less than 10,000 words.

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    1. It's a good idea that they have the program for picture book writers, Stephanie. I'm too slow for NaNo. :)

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  8. Wonderful! Congratulations, Cheryl!

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  9. This sounds wonderful! Congrats to Cheryl.

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    1. It is s cute story, Kai, with a subtle lesson.

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  10. Sounds like a fun book and I am guessing there have been quite a few Thanksgiving dinners that have changed course due to pets and other disasters. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. It is fun, Jess, and I imagine you're right about the dinners that ended up different than planned.

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  11. Sounds like a great one! And a Thanksgiving without mac&cheese would be tragic!

    Have a Merry Christmas :)

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    1. It is a cute story, Optimistic. And why not Macaroni and cheese? :)
      Merry Christmas to you.

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