Monday, November 9, 2015


Quote for the week:  We are what we believe we are. C. S. Lewis

This is the second Monday of November which means it's Ripples in the Inkwell time. This is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. You can join too. Just compose your post using the monthly theme, grab one of the images, and link back to Kai, Mary, and Katie.

November's theme is Remembrance/Thankfulness
December is Celebration/Gifts

I remember the Thanksgivings with my family, before everyone was scattered from coast to coast. My mother was big on holidays. She loved them all. Going to my parents' house I always knew we'd have good food. Her pecan pies were yummy. Then I had my family, and Thanksgiving was a day of togetherness with turkey and all the trimmings. As it happens, kids grow up and have their own families. Now with some in South Carolina, some in California, and others in different towns, our get together is small. Not sure who I'll see this year. Wherever they are I'm thankful for each member of my family.

I have so much to be thankful for. My health, my family and friends. My home. My cats. Most of all I'm thankful for my God and his Son Jesus Christ. Without them I would be lost.

What are you thankful for?

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the newly released picture book, "The Knights Before Christmas" by Joan Holub (November 6 to 8, 2015).

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About the Book

Title: The Knights Before Christmas | Author: Joan Holub | Illustrator: Scott Magoon | Publication Date: September 8, 2015 | Publisher: Macmillan / Henry Holt | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 4 to 8

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Book Description:

'Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons . . .
But nothing would stop
their white-whiskered foe.
No matter their efforts,
he just would not go!

This parody of Clement Clarke Moore's well-known poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas is kid-friendly, clever, and just plain silly. Sure to become a holiday classic of a different kind!

Sneak Peek

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The Buzz About the Book

“There's an excellent interplay between the amusing illustrations and the polished text, with lots of clever jokes for readers to discover in the art. These knights know how to keep the castle safe and the readers entertained”~ Kirkus Reviews
“A royal romp of holiday pratfalls and punnery. Yule love it!” ~ Tom Lichtenheld, bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
“A royal delight of a book! Sure to become a favorite holiday read-aloud in every household throughout the land!” ~ Judy Schachner, creator of the bestselling Skippyjon Jones
"A great premise...Magoon's illustrations are vibrant and fun...!" ~ Publishers Weekly
"This rousing, ridiculous medieval “Night Before Christmas” parody jingles with castle- and holiday wordplay. Cheeky digital illustrations brim with good cheer." ~ Horn Book

About the Author: Joan Holub

The Knights Before Christmas Joan Holub SIBA 2015 imageJoan Holub is the author of 140+ books for children including the acclaimed picture books Little Red Writing, The Knights Before Christmas, and Mighty Dads, a New York Times bestseller. Joan co-authors (with Suzanne Williams) three series: Goddess Girls (ages 8-12, Greek mythology with a middle school twist), Grimmtastic Girls (for ages 8-12, fairy tale adventure with a middle school twist), and Heroes in Training (ages 6-11, Greek mythology adventure chapter books). Watch for her upcoming chapter book, What Was Woodstock?, and her board book, This Little President, both available in early 2016!

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  1. An excelent post Beverly, great to read and how true the quotation.
    Writing about Christmas brought it homr to me .....yet another Christmas with only my own company, but perhaps It may give me the oppourturnity to get on with my new book I have slowly started.
    Have a great week.

    1. Thanks, Yvonne. You always say the right words. I know about Christmas. We don't get together the way we once did. Everyone is so scattered. Good luck with your new book. I find that writing keeps me busy so I don't have time to think about other things.

  2. I've been believing I'm rich for years, doesn't work lol

    Always good to get family together for a fun time, then run away haha

    1. Haha. You are so much fun, Pat. Keep believing. One never knows.
      Yes, after everyone goes home, there's peace. Patches is not overly fond of visitors. Tiger loves everyone.

  3. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday meal. I actually prefer it be just my husband, kids and I so that I can make the meal my way and keep all the leftovers! Ha ha. Thanks for adding your ripple to the inkwell, Beverly. Always great of you to join us.

    1. Good point, Kai. I never looked at it that way. It is nice to have just family together, to talk and share and enjoy each other. And not having to cook for days later is a huge plus.
      Thanks for letting me participate in Ripples. It's a lot of fun.

  4. Knights Before Christmas looks cute. Great twist on words and nice illustrations.
    It's rare our whole family gets together for Thanksgiving anymore. Just too spread out.

    1. Yeah, my family's scattered too, Alex. We usually talk over the phone.

  5. Fun Christmas picture book!

    Right now as I work through a big revision, I'm thankful for (and also cursing!) my wonderful critique partners and beta readers. They gave me such great feedback that's making me work so hard. I'm also thankful for being able to pursue my passion of writing books for kids and teens. It's my sanity!

    Of course I'm thankful for my family, their health, happiness, and togetherness...and all that mushy, feel-good stuff.

    1. Ha, ha! I understand about the revisions, Katie. Just think how great the story will be once you finish. I like the mushy, feel-good stuff too.

  6. This book looks adorable. I love the colors and the rhymes. :)

    I love Thanksgiving. It is nice to get together with family and friends who are nearby. I am not sure who I will be getting together with this year- but I know we will have a nice time. I hope you do too! I am thankful for my healthy, my job, and the people in my life. :)

    1. It is nice to see family and friends, Jess, especially those you seldom see. Have a great Thanksgiving with those you love. Thank you.

  7. Since I was a kid I've made spinoffs to Twas the Night before Christmas, so I really like this clever take on it.

    I love Thanksgiving! I can't wait for when I have children because I want everyone to comes to grandma's (my place) for Thanksgiving. I never had big Thanksgiving gatherings and I want them. :)

    1. Your spinoffs sound like fun, Chrys. I hope someday you'll have grandchildren surrounding you at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It can't get any better then that.

  8. It does get harder as everyone gets older, just trying to get the entire family together for the holidays. We always try to make a point of it, but that means my sister's kids never get to spend Christmas at home, which sucks!

    1. It is hard for everyone to get together these days, Stephanie. Families are so scattered. I just talked to one granddaughter. Looks like there will be four of us this year, so we're going out to eat. No dishes to wash. :)

  9. I have a lot to be thankful for. I remind myself of this any time I grumble about things or get upset. Knight Before Christmas looks absolutely charming. I added it to my wish list.

    1. Me, too, Medeia. I have little to complain about. My copy of the book arrived today. It is even lovelier than the pictures.

  10. I'm loving the book, and I think gratitude always goes a long way. I'm grateful for good kids, a beautiful home, and a good night's sleep.

  11. There are few things I love more than rhyming kids' poems a la Dr Seuss. With all the agents warning not to write in rhyme or that they won't even look at a poem, I'm glad to see them proved wrong again and again with delightful rhyming books that are so successful. Wishing Joan the best of luck! :)

    1. Me, too, Lexa. My review copy of the book arrived a couple days ago. Am so excited to read it. It looks like kids should love it.

  12. I'm thankful for my family, friends, fellow writers, readers... Definitely lots to be thankful for.

  13. Thankful for my sweet husband and the rest of my family, but those dearest to me live too far away. My grandsons would love the Knights...story. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1. Family certainly are wonderful to be thankful for, Sharon. I sympathize. Mine live far away too. Not fun. The story is just right for young boys. They'll enjoy the antics of the Three Knights.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you, as well.