Monday, April 9, 2012

Goodnight Moon and An Extra Ordinary Day

     A few nights ago I happened to capture this beautiful image from my backyard. The lights you see below it are actually cars on the interstate in the distance. What is it about a full moon that takes your breath away? I think it is right up there with rainbows and falling stars!

     My favorite children's book has always been Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I loved reading it to my children when they were small. Did you realize it was published in 1947? At the moment, I have a new favorite children's book that I can't wait to read to my little grandsons the next time they visit. I wanted to share not only the book with you, but also the fun, fabulous book signing event that I went to on Thursday night.

     One of my dear friends has written and published her first book and I'm so excited for her. Debbie is one of those people that does everything "over the top". She seems to never need sleep, has 3 busy kids and always seems to find the time to do anything for anyone. She throws the parties that everyone wants to go to because you know that you are going to have a good time and that everything will be perfect at the party. Regular readers of my blog may remember the annual Halloween "Witch Party" that I attend...that is Debbie's party.

     There was no doubt in my mind that I would love the book and that the book signing would be a fun event. I got my copy of the book from Barnes and Noble (it is also available on Amazon) and read it with a smile on my face. As a friend of Debbies, I could almost hear her voice reading it to me. As an objective reviewer, I love the way she found an artist (Jan VonBokel) who was able to capture the story in such whimsical images. I also love the fact that the book opens up a dialog with the child by asking questions and even having a few pages at the end of the book where the child can draw his own pictures in response to the questions.

     There is a definate moral to the story, which is expressed in a way that even the youngest child will grasp it. As for the book signing...see that ice cream cone in the picture above?

     In fact, all the sweet treats mentioned in the book...were at the party. I felt like I was 5...what should I try?

     Of course the plates and napkins matched the book cover. The bowl in the back, filled with bags of cotton candy and ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookies...

...there were cupcakes and huge
ice cream cone cookies (my choice, yum)!

     The signing was in a local coffee shop, which just happens to be featured in the book. Check out those cream cones!

     This odd photo is actually Debbie's outfit. Jan had her artwork made into fabric and then made into clothing. I told you Debbie never does anything "small". The fabric looks exactly like the book cover!

     I really have high hopes that my friend finds great success with her first book and hopefully more to come. I'm so proud of her for having a dream and following it through! Wouldn't it be wonderful if decades from now people are still reading An Extra Ordinary Day to their grandchildren?


NanaDiana said...

She sounds like an extra ordinary lady. I love that she is published.
Your moon picture is wonderful and I have always loved that book, too! Happy Monday- xo Diana

dee dee said...

Oh I'm so excited for her too!
I'll have to check out her new book! And all that yummy food at the signing..... wish I was there!
Great photo of the moon!
dee dee

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great shot of the moon! I wish your friend much success with her book.
Have a great week.

Patrice said...

How exciting for your friend...hope it does well!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

We are in Arizona right now, and I saw that full moon the other night! It was huge and so pretty!

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Linda said...

Great picture of the moon...and congrats to your friend...she sounds like one talented lady!!

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

It sure does sound like a fabulous party, and the book is so cute.

Jenny said...

Wow. What a fun book signing! I felt like I was there...and after all those sweets I think I need a glass of milk!

Thanks for sharing this fun.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi sue,
What a fun way to have a party.
Everything looked adorable including the author's outfit. So neat.....
Isn't it so fun to support someone who had done something so cool.
Good for her and I hope she sells oddles of books, might have to check it out myself, already have one from a friend of mine that wrote her own
children's book, have it in the hope chest waiting for the grandbabies when they arrrive!! lol

Gypsy Heart said...

How exciting for her! I wish many times that I were that type of person...but I love to sleep and I require it. Her talents are being appreciated and that is the best!


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