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Posted by Ima Bratt on November 5, 2014 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi there, Ima here. Check out the awesome new giveaway from Emblazoners:

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My Interview with Tween blogger Erik from the "This Kid Reviews Books" Blog:

Posted by Ima Bratt on October 27, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (1)

TTWE Post: 10/23/13

 

In the past few months I have had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of (and having my book reviewed by) two bright and talented young men who, in addition to being voracious "tween" readers, write their own creative blogs. Both have graciously agreed to be interviewed especially for my "Tween The Weekend's" posts. I am listing these interviews in the order in which I met my new friends; Olly's will appear in September and Erik's in October. Again, many thanks to both of them for providing valuable insights for all writers in this genre. Happy reading boys! :)

 


My Interview with Tween blogger Erik from the “This Kid Reviews Books” Blog:

How old are you?

 

I am 11 and ¾ years old.

 

What inspired you to start your blog?

 

I got the idea writing reviews when my grandmom told me she was shopping for a book for me and

didn’t know what to buy and a kid in the store told her to get me “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda”.

He said it was a good book and that I would like it, so she bought it. Well, it is a good book and I did like

it. I thought that if my grandmom would take the advice of a kid maybe I could help other kids

and grown-ups looking for books for kids, find books they like. At first, I wanted to write for a

newspaper, but my Dad said that I should do a blog because a blog can be seen by anyone around the

world and that maybe a newspaper wouldn’t hire a kid. So, I started a blog. The funny thing is, is that I

do write for a newspaper now too. I have a monthly book column in the Upper Bucks Free Press! I met

the content editor at a book event I was at and she liked how I interviewed the author and asked me to

write for the paper.

 

What do you look for in the books you choose to read?

 

I look for an interesting plot. It really doesn’t matter what the subject matter is. I like to read all kinds of

stories, but something has to hook me. I really like to read about characters that aren’t perfect but get

better or overcome something as the book goes on. I like it when the characters are believable. I like to

read books that are good for my age (not too much violence or bad language).

 

What is your favorite book and/or author?

 

My favorite book is Redwall by Brian Jacques. It is written so well. I love the characters in it. The setting

is great too. Redwall is my favorite series. I have a ton of authors that I can’t wait to read books from

them when they come out. Rick Riordan, Jude Watson, Roland Smith, Brandon Mull, Matt Myklusch,

Tom Angleberger, Michael Buckley, Nick Bruel, Gordan Korman, Patrick Carman, Cornelia Funke (I could

go on and on). There are also some indie authors that I wait for books to come out, Michelle Isenhoff

(awesome historical fiction and adventure stories), Elise Stokes (Cassidy Jones’ adventures ROCK),

Timothy Davis (great adventure books), DM Andrews (I could go keep on going here too).

 

Do you prefer to read digital or paper books?

 

I prefer real books much more than digital, but I do read about 25% of the books I read on my Kindle. I

like my Kindle for when we go on vacation or long car rides. It’s cool I can take 300 books with me in one

little package. I like holding a real book more though. If I had to choose, I would pick a real book.

 

How many books have you read so far?

 

I have no idea. I know this past summer I read 106 books in 3 months. During the school year I average

about 25-30 middle grade books a month (that doesn’t count comic books or picture books that I read).

I have started to keep a list of all the books I read. I have it as a page on my blog. I read a lot more books

than I review. I am told I read pretty fast. Last year I demolished my school’s Accelerated Reader (AR)

record. AR is a program where you read a book, take a test on it and get points for it. The goal for a fifth

grader is 50 points for the year. The old school record was 945 points. I got 1503.9 points last year. I plan

to beat that this year.

 

Do you plan on making a career of your writing one day?

 

I would like to keep writing. Someday I hope to write books that a lot of people want to read or maybe

write reports for a newspaper. I really want to be an inventor too. I like thinking up new things and

trying to solve problems.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for authors who write for Tween's/Middle Grader's?

 

Kids like to read! We like to read a lot of different things too. What I would like to see is some middle

grade books written for more advanced readers, but appropriate for my age range. Most of all, keep

writing! I’ll keep reading!


My Interview with Tween Blogger Olly from "The Olly Book Blog":

Posted by Ima Bratt on October 27, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

TTWE Post: 9/25/13

 

In the past few months I have had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of (and having my book reviewed by) two bright and talented young men who, in addition to being voracious "tween" readers, write their own creative blogs. Both have graciously agreed to be interviewed especially for my "Tween The Weekend's" posts. I am listing these interviews in the order in which I met my new friends; Olly's will appear in September and Erik's in October. Again, many thanks to both of them for providing valuable insights for all writers in this genre. Happy reading boys! :)



My Interview with Tween Blogger Olly from "The Olly Book Blog":

 

How old are you?

 

I turned 13 earlier this month on the 17th so I'm now technically a teenager but I still feel like a pre-teen!

 

What inspired you to start your blog?

 

My Mum (who has a book addiction) inspired me to write my blog, I love reading and computers so blogging about books is a perfect combination between the two!

 

What do you look for in the books you choose to read?

 

I look for books that are alike ones I have already read and enjoyed, but a different type of book is never a bad thing. I just scan all of the shelves in a bookshop that interest me and pick up anything that looks interesting. I then read the blurb and sometimes the first chapter to decide if that book is one I'd like to read. If I get sent a book from an author or publisher then I will read it whatever it is because the person sending the book thinks I can review the book for my blog, and I will make it mine duty to do thy deed!

 

What is your favorite book and/or author?

 

What’s my favorite book? Wow that is a hard question! I've read the Harry Potter Series 14 times, So I've certainly read that series the most. however I also really enjoy books like the Hunger games and The Cherub series. I don't have a favorite book as such, but I do have a favorite group.

Do you prefer to read digital or paper books?

 

You can't beat a paper book but on holiday my kindle was invaluable as I quickly consumed 6 books in one week! I'd say that when available, get a real book, but if its cheap enough, and you are desperate to read it, Get the e-book version.

 

How many books have you read so far?

 

I never started counting, but Last year I read about 100. So maybe if I read 100 a year fro the age of 7 I'd have read around 700. But It's probably more...

 

Do you plan on making a career of your writing one day?

 

I really don't know what I'd like to do for a career yet, but yes writing is definitely a possibility.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for authors who write for Tween's/Middle Grader's?

 

Always make the story interesting, all the way through. a funny story is always good but don't make it to comical. Create heroes that no-one has seen before. The unheroic 'nerdy' shy and bullied young boy or girl character is now in more books than an average hero with a cape. So make a new kind of hero, that's actually a new kind of hero.

 

Be sure to visit Olly's blog at http://www.theollybookblog.com/p/about.html

My Latest Interview with Brian Feinblum

Posted by Ima Bratt on August 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Interview With Author Ima Bratt

 

What type of books do you write? My books are best suited for mature children and/or childish adults.

 

What is your newest book about? Although the title is a bit misleading, my book "Rather Unpleasant CAUTIONARY TALES for Ill-Mannered & Immoderate Children" is a collection of rather unpleasant cautionary tales for ill-mannered & immoderate children.

 

What inspired you to write it? I like to think that the stories I relate help to prevent potentially good children from becoming potentially wicked children that left to their own devices become potentially wicked adults. Heaven knows we don't need any more of those. You see, it’s not about making a name for myself, it's about creating a better world. But please, there's no need to thank me, really... I do it for the children.”

 

What is the writing process like for you? Well, in order for me to write my shocking exposés, first I have to stalk...I mean “observe”, potentially wicked children in their own habitat. This requires that I wear disguises, and in some cases camouflage, to avoid discovery. This is often a very grueling undertaking and, if I'm crouching in the bushes, can cause cramps. Other than that, I'd say my process is much like that of other writers- I sit down with my notes in front of the computer, down a box of Ho-Ho's in less than 60 seconds, and then riding the sugar high I type furiously until I crash and pass out. That, I believe, is how classics are born. Dr. Suess must have had an enormous Ho-Ho bill.

 

What did you do before you became an author? I lerned how to spel.

 

How does it feel to be a published author? Quite thrilling actually. But I won't let it go to my head; I've vowed never to forget the little people.

 

Any advice for struggling writers? I've heard that the more you struggle the faster you sink...move sloooowly.

 

Where do you see book publishing heading? Albuquerque.


http://bookmarketingbuzzblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/why-do-authors-demand-more-than-they.html (scroll down)

 

Annual Illustration Exhibition

Posted by Ima Bratt on August 6, 2013 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

SILA – The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles presents their 52nd annual Illustration West, the largest juried illustration competition west of New York. SILA is proud to represent established and emerging artists and demonstrate that this continues to be an exciting era for illustration.

http://illustrationwest.org/

Check Out The Latest Review Of My Book- Cool!

Posted by Ima Bratt on July 26, 2013 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks a million to Erik for his great review of my book!  http://thiskidreviewsbooks.com/


Rather Unpleasant Cautionary Tales For Ill-Mannered And Immoderate Children

By Ima Bratt

60 pages – ages 8+

Published by Bratty Kid Books on April 14, 2013

 

This is a book full of short rhyming verse/stories about children and the end… of the children, that is. In this book, a girl explodes MID-TANTRUM! Isn’t THAT something? And a boy who does the opposite of what he’s told and gets eaten by bears at a zoo – Amazing right? And yet another boy gets eaten – by a giant fish who thought his tongue (which was always out) was a worm. I would hate to be him! Such ill-mannered children! ;)

 

This has a CLEAR message about being good and listening to what you are told. If you aren’t good, bad things will happen (okay maybe you won’t explode or get eaten by a giant fish, but you could get grounded…;). I love that the book is all in rhyme verse, it really adds to the creepy feel of the book and it also is done well. I’m not a fan of horror stories at all and this book is not that. It’s kind of creepy but in a funny way. I think that maybe not all kids will get it, but I sure did and enjoyed it. The humor in the book felt a lot like what happens to the kids in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (like when Augustus Gloop falls into the chocolate river because he wants to eat it and gets sucked up the big tube). Ms. Bratt really puts out some snarkiness, in a quirky-good way (Hey – wouldn’t Quirky and Snarky be great names for twins in a story?), At 60 pages it was a quick read for me and would have liked a couple more stories in it for my age and reading level. The book is a clean read and is appropriate for all ages as long as they like this type of humor. I will be looking for the next Bratt book to come out!

 

I give this book 4 out of 5 book worms!fourbooks

 

Follow Ms. Bratt on Facebook HERE.

 

Check out the official Bratt Stuff website HERE.

 

AND REMEMBER TO BE GOOD! Or rather unpleasant things will happen….

 


The Baby Currently Known As Prince

Posted by Ima Bratt on July 25, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (2)

Since everyone seems to be going ga-ga (goo-goo) over the new little blue bundle at The Palace, and theme related stuff is popping up around the world from funny children’s books to television parodies, I’ve decided that it would be a grand time to debut this silly little ditty. By all means my fellow peasants, do enjoy (or not*).


Disclaimer: The following poem does not refer to anyone living or dead. Any likeness to an actual person is purely coincidental. After all, the following verse was written long before sweet little His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was even born; by at least two whole weeks.


* To those who have no sense of humor I want to apologize in advance- I am truly sorry that you have no sense of humor.

 

 


Royal Pain


A royal baby does not cry;


He’s too well bred to whimper.


It’s understood he’s not to fuss,


Or fret, or burp, or simper.


Royal infants don’t spit-up


( It’s been decreed illegal );


And soil their nappies? Heavens no!


Why, that would NOT be regal!


His royal linens bear no stain,


His clothes nary a wrinkle.


Should he require aid he simply gives


His silver-bell a tinkle.


Royal offspring NEVER crawl-


It simply is not done.


Royal children may play games,


Providing they’re not fun.


I feel sorry for the little chap


Who’s born to wear a crown-


It’s no wonder that in photos


Royal babies always frown!


 

© Copyright Ima Bratt 2013

 


Check out the "Favorite Authors Page" at Robby's Quest Blog

Posted by Ima Bratt on July 24, 2013 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Author D.C. Rush is generously offering the opportunity for fellow children's book authors to post information about their books on his blog "Robby's Quest". Thanks Don! :D

Check it out at:

http://www.dcrushbooks.com

http://www.dcrushbooks.com/Favorite_Authors.html

My Review of Grace Jolliffe's "Free As A Ladybird"

Posted by Ima Bratt on July 22, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

4.0 out of 5 stars Go Granny, Go! July 4, 2013

By Ima Bratt

"My Granny used to be normal." As soon as I read those opening words of "Free As A Ladybird" I knew that this was my kind of book! This charming story, told from the standpoint of a young girl named Natasha, centers on a cantankerous Granny who refuses to behave the way that she is expected to, despite the protests of her daughter, Natasha's mom. Though they love each other the two women have certainly had their differences, fueled mostly by Granny's need for independence and her misguided but well-meaning daughter's need to protect her. But when old Granny starts sporting purple clothing and hanging out at the pub with her dart playing friends the "Flaming Arrows", the fur really starts to fly! Fed up and determined to get on with her life instead of reliving the past, Granny runs away and sets out on a grand adventure that leads her to her true home. "Free As A Ladybird" is a sweet, funny story penned by a talented writer. Just read it; I'm sure you will agree.

My Review of Carole P. Roman's "Captain No Beard" Book Series

Posted by Ima Bratt on July 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

4.0 out of 5 stars Ahoy Maties! July 17, 2013

By Ima Bratt

Ahoy Maties! Little pirates will love this series by Carole P. Roman. Filled with fun characters and colorful illustrations, these books are sure to bring out the playful side in kids and adults alike! My favorite thing about Carole’s whimsical stories is that they encourage kids to use their imagination- Remember when there were no special toys or props needed to experience the magic of being a child? When a plain every-day bed could become a pirate-ship on the high-seas? Carole does. So be brushin’ up on your pirate lingo land-lubbers and dive on in!


#1- Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale Of A Pirate’s Life- Winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award


Meet Captain No Beard and his crew; First-Mate (and cousin) Hallie, Mongo the mast climbing monkey, Linus the loud-mouthed lion and Fribbet the floppy frog as they set sail on their pirate-ship the “Flying Dragon”. My personal favorite, filled with imagination, adventure, pirate-speak and cookies! No moral here, just pure fun!


#2- Pepper Parrot’s Problem With Patience


Sometimes it’s hard to be the “new hand on deck”, especially if you feel like you are different from everyone else. But before long the crew of the “Flying Dragon” help their new friend Pepper to see that, with some work and a little patience, we can all learn how to live up to our true potential.


#3- Stuck In The Doldrums- A Lesson In Sharing


Even the best of friends (and crew-mates) have trouble getting along sometimes, but in the end they always find a way to come back together- especially if they’re fighting a common enemy like a giant squid!

 

 

 


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