Thursday, October 25, 2018

Morning Reads 10/25/2018

Georgia News

New poll hints at possible run-off in governor's race

Abrams got paid by state for attending political/personal events more than 70 times

Federal judge says elections officials have to give absentee ballot senders chance to correct discrepancies 

State loses lawsuit to charge for access to annotated version of GA laws

GA NAACP claims voting machines are recording Abrams votes as Kemp votes 

National/International News 

Trump vows to find person who sent bombs, blames media for 'endless hostility'

Some of the bombs sent to Democrats, media were hand delivered 

Bomb sender likely left multitude of forensic evidence 

Will bombs help Democrats at the polls? 

Carrie Mouse Author Interview



The blog tour for our favorite author and illustrator's first book continues today!  Here is an interview with the author.  Check out the chance to win a book and Carrie Mouse doll below!

How many books about Carrie Mouse are you planning to write?
As many as God wants me to write! Right now, I have topics for about ten more stories…but only one or two of them actually have a storyline. The next one planned is about Carrie learning to play the piano.

Will Carrie Mouse ever have a sister?
Quite possibly. The new baby is a very common topic for children’s books, and Rebekah and I have discussed having Carrie’s mom have twins in a later book. Though if we were accurate, Carrie would have quite a number of siblings, as the average number of mice in a litter is 6-8 and a mouse can have up to 10 litters in a year.

What was it really like to have a mouse in the garage?
It was so long ago, my memories are rather vague. I mostly remember you trying to scare it away every time you had to open the door to the garage so it wouldn’t come in the house. That and my dad scaring it with the blower and scooping it up in an old piece of gutter.

How many times did you consider publishing this book before you decided on sculpted illustrations?
Actually, only once. We wanted my cousin to draw the pictures, but that didn’t happen. By the time I got into the publishing world and started thinking about publishing it again, Rebekah had learned to sculpt and I wanted her to do the illustrations. The problem was, I was thinking about having her create little figures to pose in the original locations and something just didn’t seem right about it. That was what kept coming to mind again and again, but I didn’t figure out why it didn’t feel quite right until I checked in Barbara Reid’s The Night Before Christmas while working at the library and the lightbulb went on.

How has working in a library impacted the publication of this book?
My job at the library has impacted it immensely. First off, I never would have seen Barbara Reid’s illustrations if her book hadn’t come through the circ desk while I was working. Without that, there would have been no lightbulb moment and I would still be wondering just what was wrong with my vision for the book. But also, working at the library has taught me so much about picture books, and books in general. I’ve seen so many different styles and designs and it has given me an opportunity to study book design in a way I never would have otherwise. In fact, when I was struggling with the text on the cover, I went to work, studied the covers of the easy books on display as I shelved, came home, and got it right. But it’s so crazy how much variety there is in book design. It blows my mind.




About the Book

Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?

Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!




About the Author


Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.

To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit:
or

About the Illustrator


Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.

To learn more about Rebekah and her work, visit:
or
follow @klaykottage on Instagram



 
Giveaway


Morgan and Rebekah will be giving away a signed copy of Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage with a handmade Carrie Mouse doll! Second prize is a signed copy of the book only. Be sure to enter the giveaway!



Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.




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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Morning Reads 10/24/2018

Georgia News

Gubernatorial candidates meet in Atlanta Press Club debate

Deal reflects on time in office, gives advice to next governor

Poll shows Kemp with slight lead over Abrams

Officials say agricultural losses from recent hurricane not as bad as first thought 

Governor calls for special session over hurricane losses 

National/International News 

Republicans lead in early voting numbers in key states

Is the 'blue wave' collapsing?

Trump threatens to send the military, not just the National Guard, to defend southern border  

Caravan reportedly swells to over 14,000

GOP congressmen discuss Trump call for more tax relief 

Carrie Mouse Illustrator Interview



Our favorite author and illustrator have released their first picture book!  To celebrate, we are taking part in their promotional blog tour.  Here is an interview with the illustrator.  Check out the chance to win a book and Carrie Mouse doll below!



How did you decide what each each page would look like?
First, we did a storyboard and decided the general outline for each picture and what illustrations would best tell the story.

How long does it take to make the illustrations?
The time varies for each illustration, but they usually take several hours.

Tell us a little about the process of making the illustrations (How Sculpey works).
I start by making the backgrounds and then make the characters and other details.  Sculpey stays soft until it's baked, which allows me to make some changes to the illustrations if I change my mind about something.

What do you remember about the incident that inspired this book?
I do remember when the mouse ran into the garage, but I didn't actually see the mouse. I was 5 years old.

Is it easy to work with your big sister?
It's pretty easy to work with her...most of the time.




About the Book

Martha Squirrel made her journey down the big hill seem like a grand adventure. But what happens when Carrie Mouse disobeys her mama and explores the giant garage?

Inspired by a true story, Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage tells the story of a young mouse who gets trapped in the garage of the human house at the bottom of the hill. Beautifully illustrated with clay sculptures, this is a book you won’t want to miss!




About the Author


Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.

To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit:
or

About the Illustrator


Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.

To learn more about Rebekah and her work, visit:
or
follow @klaykottage on Instagram



 
Giveaway


Morgan and Rebekah will be giving away a signed copy of Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage with a handmade Carrie Mouse doll! Second prize is a signed copy of the book only. Be sure to enter the giveaway!



Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.




a Rafflecopter giveaway