Since I was a young child, I’ve loved to read. Trips to the library were such a treat and I remember being able to select two books from the book store to take on our summer vacation each year. It was so thrilling to open up a new story and take the journey with the characters.
For me reading was and still is such an escape. And I learn so much from the stories I read and the characters I meet. One of the greatest joys of being a mom has been to pass on my love of reading to my children and I’m so happy that they love a good book as much as I do. That’s way I get excited when a new book comes out that is entertaining AND teaches a lesson at the same time.
A great children’s book that does just that is being released in September 2011 by Bright Sky Press called Wanda and The Oblahlahs. It was actually written 35-years ago by Houston-based author Joe Sutton and illustrated by his sister, Jane Sutton Frawley. When Joe was a young parent he struggled with getting his daughters to throw out their chewing gum at night. He developed this story to help entertain and teach his daughters “a well disguised lesson” – to mind your parents!
Joe’s entertaining story was discovered recently, tucked away safely in his attic, by his daughter Megan. The family decided to share the story with children all over the world and give a significant portion of book sale proceeds to help children who may not have loving families to share stories with them through the non-profit organization, Children At Risk.
I read the book to Annie and Jackson and they loved it. Wanda loves to chew gum but hates to throw it out each night at bedtime. One night when she has a babysitter who doesn’t know the rule, she keeps her gum in her mouth during the night. She learns the consequences of disobeying when the Oblahlahs come to visit her…and WON’T LEAVE!
Annie laughed a lot and I really loved the illustrations and after I read the book, Annie (who is just five and can’t read yet) “read” it back to me…and she almost had it spot-on. Which tells me a couple things.
1. my child is brilliant
2. the story kept her interest, was easy enough for her to understand and was relevant to “her world”
The book can be purchased through Bright Sky Press and Houston-area bookstores in September 2011; however Joe will be visiting several bookstores for book reading and signings this summer:
- July 18: 2:30 p.m. – Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library 16616 Diane Lane, Houston, TX 77062
- July 20: 10:30 a.m. – Discovery Green 1500 McKinney St. Downtown Houston (reading and foam party!)
- July 29: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – The Woodlands Children’s Museum 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. #280
- August 9: 11:00 a.m. – Barbara Bush Branch Library 6817 Cypresswood Dr Spring, TX 77379
- September 22: 10:00 a.m. – Blue Willow Bookshop 14532 Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77079
Guess what? There is also an exciting contest! Visit my good friend Lori at A Day in Motherhood before July 20 because she is giving away an awesome prize pack which includes: A Wanda and the Oblahlah’s Book, a pack of Sugarless gum, aWanda water bottle and a Wanda insulated lunch bag. Pretty awesome, right?
She has a second contest and the winner of this one (Houston area residents only) will be treated to a guest appearance by Wanda author Joe Sutton and his daughter. Joe will come to the winner’s child’s birthday party, Moms Club Meeting, Scouts Troop Meeting, and so on and do a personal reading to the children.
I want to win this so don’t enter.
Just kidding, you can enter – but don’t win.
Ok, you can win…but if you do, can you invite me to the reading?
Thanks! You’re so awesome like that!
I received a copy of the book, Wanda and the Oblahlahs to review but was not compensated in any other way for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.