The Acorn and Button proof arrived a day before Thanksgiving and I have plenty to be thankful for! The book is now available at Booklocker.com, Amazon.com, Ingram, and Barnes and Noble. It’s also available at numerous small bookstores. Just type the title in the search box.
Here is a direct link to Amazon:
I'm anxiously awaiting the 2nd proof copy of Acorn and Button. It should arrive any day now. When it does, I’ll be sending out a red alert!
In the meantime, I thought I’d share a children’s book that you might like to read. I’ll be doing this from time to time. I like a book with a little bit of a dark twist to it. The most interesting characters are often imperfect and can be downright naughty. That’s what we find with The Bad Seed, by Jory John. The Bad Seed is, well... bad. He lies about pointless stuff, cuts in line every time, and never washes his hands or feet. Will the Bad Seed ever change his ways? You’ll have to read the book to find out. This is a funny story that keeps kids giggling.
Reading the Bad Seed got me thinking. What would happen if Acorn met the Bad Seed? We know what would happen if Button met him. The Bad Seed would insult Button and pay dearly for it. Button would demand sure and swift retribution. But what about Acorn? He’s a very unassuming, easy-going nut who tends to believe the best about everybody. Would he overlook the Bad Seed’s bad manners? Would he ignore the Bad Seed’s bad attitude? Would Acorn rub off on the Bad Seed, or would the Bad Seed rub off on Acorn?
These are the questions that keep me up at night.
On a lighter note:
Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!
We’ve made the necessary corrections to the proof copy of Acorn and Button. The printer will send me the revised book in a week or so. I’ll approve it and then it should be available at numerous sites by the end of the month. You’ll be the first to know when that is.
I’m already thinking of new stories and characters for the 2nd book in the Acorn and Button series. Check out the introduction of Mushroom below. Her character is undeveloped and has no real substance yet. She’s only an idea, but we get a glimpse of her through Acorn’s diary. Still, it might be enough to answer these questions:
What’s your first impression of Mushroom? Do you like or dislike her? Does she remind you of someone you know? Would you like to see more of her?
You can share your thoughts just by replying to this email. I hope you do! Thanks!
Dear friends,Did you know...
Oak trees can live a thousand years?
Oak trees can grow to 70 feet in height, 135 feet in length, and 9 feet wide?
An acorn only contains one seed, unlike other seed pods where there are lots of seeds inside?
One oak produces 2,000 acorn’s every year, but only one in 10,000 acorn’s will manage to develop into an oak tree? Most acorns are eaten by wildlife.
Oak trees symbolize wisdom, courage and endurance? The tree’s height, long life span, and deep roots ensure that it sees many events during its life.
The oak tree was voted the U.S. National tree in 2004?
It seems that Acorn comes from good stock. Acorn may seem small and insignificant, but he carries the potential of the mighty oak tree. In case you’re feeling small or insignificant today, remember you also carry great potential. It may be hidden right now, but it’s there!
There’s some good and bad news. The goods news is that I got my proof copy of the Acorn and Button book yesterday! The bad news is that there will have to be minor corrections made. Once that is done, it will take the printer 2 weeks to reprint the book. After approval, Acorn and Button should be available to the public between the middle and end of November. That is the hope! Thank you for being a part of this journey! We’re Getting there!
One day, Button was minding his own business when a question of serious magnitude broke through his consciousness. Where are all the miscellaneous buttons that have fallen off sweaters or popped off shirts? Where do they go? Do they end up lost, discarded, lonely?
Button knew he had to do something. He started a non-profit, Save the Button campaign. It was a means by which buttons could find purpose again through art. Flyers went out to buttons of all colors, shapes and sizes. “ Buttons! You are not alone! Come unite together and become a meaningful part of the art community!”
Buttons started showing up by the hundreds. They applied themselves to murals, mosaics and geometric shapes. Creativity flourished and buttons made names for themselves in the world of culture.
At the end of the campaign, Button was deemed a great philanthropist! (Which, of course, was only his due).