Friday, December 14, 2012

Beloved American Author’s Birthday on December 30 - Enter to Win an Autographed Book GIVEAWAY -- Plus, ENJOY FREE Holiday E-Cards, FREE Activity Sheets and a new App! (Giveaway)

"December is a month of holiday celebration, but did you know there is another reason to celebrate? Someone special will be celebrating a birthday very soon! Can you guess who?

Here are a few clues:

  • He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 30, 1943. 
  • He’s written and illustrated over 300 children’s books. 
  • His most famous character appeared in his 1975 book, Just For You.
  • Two of the main character's favorite pets are a grasshopper and a spider.
  • He’s going to be 69 this year so that means next year is the BIG 70, so we need to start planning a BIG celebration.
Did you guess?

Award-winning American children’s book author and illustrator Mercer Mayer—and Silver Dolphin Books would like to celebrate the occasion with you!

Throughout his formidable career, Mercer Mayer has published over 300 books using a wide range of illustrative styles, although he is probably best known for his Little Critter® and Little Monster series of books. When Mayer drew from his own childhood experiences in creating stories, he struck a chord with children and parents alike.

“Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid,” says Mercer. “Now that I’m a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children and grandchildren. They always remind me of what it is like to be little."

At Silver Dolphin Books, we have other reasons to celebrate too! In January 2013, Silver Dolphin Books will be unveiling their very first app about Little Critter—Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter: The Trip.

Little Critter: The Trip (app icon)

The app is being developed right now by Silver Dolphin Books together with the award-winning app developer John R. Sansevere. Here’s a sneak peak at one of the scenes from the app:

Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter appeals to young readers who identify with his first-person narration of his thoughts, feelings, ideas and inspirations as he navigates the challenges of childhood. Life in Critterville mirrors the everyday experiences of children everywhere. Little Critter and his best friends Tiger and Gator love to play sports, read comics, ride skateboards and go on school field trips, out for pizza, and to the movies! And just like real-life kids, they deal with challenges, help their friends, love their pets and get annoyed by their younger siblings while striving for independence and a better understanding of their world.

Kids empathize with Little Critter and the situations he finds himself in that are so familiar to them, and laugh along at his heart-warming and ever hopeful efforts to negotiate the world. Little Critter shows that it’s all right to fail and try again, and to keep trying until you get it right. And just as importantly, have fun and laugh at themselves in the process, which is perhaps the biggest secret of all!

If you love Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter books—you are going to love this new app! Here’s another scene from the upcoming Little Critter: The Trip app.

Available in late January 2013, Silver Dolphin Book’s Little Critter: The Trip app invites young children to learn along with Little Critter and the other familiar characters who will reinforce their ability to resolve the practical, down-to-earth, family-based situations typically presented in Mayer’s book series. Offering a balance of fun games and learning activities, the Little Critter app emphasizes basic pre-school and early elementary curriculum (numbers, shapes, colors, patterns, letters, simple words, map reading).

In Little Critter: The Trip, you will be able to take an action-packed car trip with Little Critter, Little Sister, Mom and Dad in which everything imaginable happens—literally—from A to Z, in this fun-filled interactive app! “B is for bad” when the “T is for tire” goes flat! And “L is for lost” when where did the “R is for road” go? Little Critters’ trip is full of humorous ups and downs like the actual road they’re following! It’s up to you and Little Critter to help find the way, fix the car when it breaks down, and play lots of fun “G is for games” with Little Sister to pass the time! Kids learn along with Little Critter as, true to his nature, he cheers you on to scale new heights!

To further celebrate Mercer Mayer’s birthday, visit our Silver Dolphin website for FREE holidaye-cards, available starting today, December 14! Check back as we will be posting some Little Critter activity sheets soon too for some holiday fun!"


One lucky reader will win a Mercer Mayer autographed copy of LITTLE CRITTER’S SNOWBALL SOUP, a “My First I Can Read” book for readers ages 4 and up (paperback). "A fun winter-themed book that ties so well into this festive time of year—join Little Critter, Little Sister, and Dog as they make their new friend the snowman a tasty treat—Snowball soup!"

Please note that the books are currently being signed by Mr. Mayer and will be sent out to the winner in early in January!

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About Silver Dolphin Books

Silver Dolphin Books, an imprint of Baker & Taylor Publishing Group, focuses on publishing activity, novelty, and educational non-fiction books for children, from preschoolers to 12-year-olds. Providing youngsters with the tools to learn while having fun, Silver Dolphin Books are bold and colorful, engage, enlighten and entertain, and appeal to both children and parents alike.

Silver Dolphin continues to earn numerous awards for its books, including most recently the Parent's Choice Recommended Award for the classic pop-up Peter Pan, Learning Magazine Teachers' Choice for the Family Award for Interactive Explorer: Weather & Space and Viewfinder: Fossils; and NAPPA Honors Award for Animal Parade and Viewfinder: Reptiles.

Disclosure: I was sent an autographed copy of this book from the vendor as a thank you for sharing news about Mercer Mayer's b-day, as well as new app coming out in Jan. 2013.  However, the views above are mine and mine alone.

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