Thursday, October 6, 2011

Little Gobins Ten Review and GIVEAWAY

About Little Goblins Ten

• Reading level: Ages 3-7
• Hardcover: 32 pages
• Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books(July 26, 2011)
From monsters to ghosties to goblins, everyone’s favorite beasties haunt and howl and rattle their way through their forest home in this silly, spooky twist on the beloved nursery rhyme “Over in the Meadow.” New York Times best-selling illustrator, Jane Manning, adds vibrant color and humor with her imaginative illustrations.

My take: I have a six year old son. He LOVED this book. We read it multiple times a day for well over a week. Until I hid it for a few days. No offense. I just needed different literature for a day or two. Easy verse, fun illustrations, counting is encouraged, discussion of each and every object on the page is optional for some children. Not mine.  He's a talker. Also loving the way letters are making words and words are making stories. Great book to add to your home library. In all seriousness, I love hearing my son read this book. I love hearing him count the ghosts, witches, bats and other Halloween creatures. Reading and counting. Perfect for a six year old boy.
A note from the author:
Even before I learned to read, I remember my mother and father reading to me and my older brother, and one of my favorite rhymes was “Over in the Meadow” which begins:
Over in the meadow,
In the sand, in the sun,
Lived an old mother-road
And her little toadie one.
“Wink,” said the mother;
“I wink,” said the one;
So she winked and she blinked
In the sand, in the sun.
The rhythm and rhyme of those early stories and verses my parents read became a part of me. So it was only natural that many years later I would write a spooky twist on those classic verses. I was very lucky to have Jane Manning illustrate; her fine work is both whimsical and endearing. Here’s an excerpt from Little Goblins Ten:
Over in the forest
By the graveyard gate
Lived a bony father skeleton
And his little skellies eight
“Rattle!” said the father;
“We rattle,” said the eight.
So they rattled and they ran
By the graveyard gate.
I had so much fun writing this book! I hope you have fun reading it many times over.

About Pamela Jane

Pamela Jane has published twenty-six children’s books with Houghton Mifflin, Atheneum, Simon & Schuster, Avon, Penguin-Putnam, Harper, Mondo, and others.  Her books include Noelle of the Nutcracker, illustrated by Jan Brett which has been optioned for a film, and the “Winky Blue” and “Milo” series published by Mondo.  Books in these series have recently gone into Spanish, big book, and CD editions.  Many of Pamela’s books have appeared in Scholastic Book Clubs, on ALA “Pick of the Lists,” Weekly Reader, and foreign language editions.  Pamela also writes a web-based children’s animation series and conducts writing workshops and presentations nationally and internationally for schools and universities and has been interviewed for print media, radio and TV.  For more information on Pamela Jane, visit
In addition to her children’s books, Pamela has recently completed a memoir about her journey to becoming a children’s book author.  She is a regular contributor to the popular blog,, and the creator of, a website for Janeites and cat-lovers.
Pamela lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, and their cat, Mittens.  In her spare time she reads, walks, and plays the piano very badly.

Pamela’s Tour Stops

Monday, October 3rd: There’s a Book
Tuesday, October 4th: The Road to Here
Wednesday, October 5th: Colloquium
Thursday, October 6th: Amusing Reviews
Friday, October 7th: Café of Dreams
Monday, October 10th: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Tuesday, October 11th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, October 12th: Presenting Lenore
Thursday, October 13th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Friday, October 14th: Wordsmithonia
And Pamela's next book: A Vampire is Coming To Dinner
Just a warning - He doesn't look like Edward. Or Emmett.
Because it's a Children's book, people. He looks like a vampire. Still, these ten rules might be helpful to know:

Read along as the narrator of this story comes up with some practical rules for dealing with a vampire. But rules are meant to be broken, aren't they? From feeding the vampire garlic to filling the house with mirrors, the narrator is doing just that! With ten full-page gatefolds and a pop at the end of the book, kids will love seeing which rules are being followed and which aren't! If you're expecting a vampire (invited or not) this is your chance to get ready for a night of pranks and surprises. It is best to be prepared. "...a ghoulishly good time."— Publishers Weekly

For a copy of Little Goblins Ten, fill out the form below.


Gwendolyn B. said...

I would be so thrilled to have this book for the littlest goblin at my house! And I'm going to look for the vampire book, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

heathertlc said...

I know what you mean about having to hide a book after a while - kids are so funny when they love a book!

I'm glad this one was a hit with your family. Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today. said...

would love to win this [=