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A winning tale, in verse, about a family that keeps finding cats that need a home, and a tough-talking dad whose heart wins out every time. As the number of cats in the family keeps rising, the repetition and expansion of Dad’s rant gets funnier and funnier, and begs for chanting in unison, louder and louder, by reader and listeners. The illustrations add to the humor while making it clear that everyone, including Dad, has a lot of love to give and room for one more soul.
I’m Really Not Tired has been chosen as a Mom’s Choice Award Gold Recipient: Bedtime Stories, 2010.
It is included on two state reading lists: the Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Award list 2009–2010 and has also been chosen for the South Dakota Prairie Bud Award list 2011–2012.
I Always, ALWAYS Get My Way has been reviewed in the January/February 2010 issue of ForeWord magazine.
Krasnesky is an Army major, veteran of three tours of duty in Iraq, and an instructor at West Point. He’s also a splendidly accomplished children’s book author as evidenced by this rollicking, rhyming, and incisive look into family dynamics when the roost is ruled by a three-year-old. Yes, Emmy gets the best of brother, sister, mother, father, and even the family iguana by playing the just-a-little-girl card, but her fortunes turn in the end. Parkins captures it all in superb cartoon-like illustrations.
Title: THAT CAT CAN’T STAY
Author: Thad Krasnesky
Illustrator: David Parkins
Publisher: Flashlight Press, ©2010
Material: hard cover
Summary: Are you a dog lover or a cat lover? Well, what do you do when someone in your house wants a dog when you want a cat? With sharp wit and lovely rhyming prose, Thad investigates how a wife plucks the compassionate heart of her dear husband by bringing home strays. This is a rhyming picture book about our love affair with animals.
Continue reading “The Reading Tub Reviews That Cat Can’t Stay”
by Karen Springen
Flashlight Press could also be called The Little Publisher That Could. Since the micro-press started five years ago, it has steadily published two to four 32-page picture books a year. Most recently, it printed 5,000 copies of I Need My Monster, about a boy who can’t sleep well when his ugly nighttime friend goes fishing out of town for a week. (Substitute monsters appear, but who wants one with nail polish on his claws?)
Based out of Jerusalem, Shari Dash Greenspan serves as the tiny company’s jack-of-all-trades. She acquires and edits manuscripts, collaborates with the illustrators and maintains Flashlight’s web site. “I don’t think the fact that I juggle so many aspects of the business is unusual in very small publishing houses,” Greenspan says. At her daughter’s suggestion, she even named Flashlight Press—after a child’s favorite way to read under the covers.
Continue reading “Flashlight Press Turns Five”
Announcing the Paws for Poetry Contest!
Do you have a cat, dog, mouse, hamster, gerbil or any other type of pet you feel poetic about?
MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids and Flashlight Press want to celebrate with poems for our four-legged friends. Put your thoughts and feelings into a poem and submit with a photo of your pet. The winning poems and pet’s photos will be highlighted in a MEET ME AT THE CORNER video podcast during 2010. See rules and regulations below for prizes and details.
The poems will be judged by Thad Krasnesky, poet and author of That Cat Can’t Stay (Flashlight Press, 2010).
Rules & Regulations
- The poetry contest is open to children 5–12.
- Each poem must be an original work. (Only one poem per child, please).
- Your poem about your pet may be of any length and in any style.
- Each poem must be titled and submitted with a photo of your pet.
- Poems may be submitted in one of two categories: ages 5–9 or ages 10–12.
- Each poem entered must be submitted on a separate sheet of 8½” x 11″ paper. Typed entries are preferred.
- On the back of the poem, include contestant’s full name, address, phone number, email, age and category.
- Poems will not be returned and become the property of MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids.
THE DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, 2010
All entries must be sent to:
MEET ME AT THE CORNER
20 West Del Norte
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Entries will be judged for theme, originality, creativity, and artistic quality. Winning poems in each category will be highlighted in a video podcast for MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids during 2010.