Posted By trish on July 8, 2011
• Reading level: Ages 3-7
• Hardcover: 32 pages
• Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books(July 26, 2011)
From monsters to ghosties to goblins, everyone’s favorite beasties haunt and howl and rattle their way through their forest home in this silly, spooky twist on the beloved nursery rhyme “Over in the Meadow.” New York Times best-selling illustrator, Jane Manning, adds vibrant color and humor with her imaginative illustrations.
A note from the author:
Even before I learned to read, I remember my mother and father reading to me and my older brother, and one of my favorite rhymes was “Over in the Meadow” which begins:
Over in the meadow,
In the sand, in the sun,
Lived an old mother-road
And her little toadie one.
“Wink,” said the mother;
“I wink,” said the one;
So she winked and she blinked
In the sand, in the sun.
The rhythm and rhyme of those early stories and verses my parents read became a part of me. So it was only natural that many years later I would write a spooky twist on those classic verses. I was very lucky to have Jane Manning illustrate; her fine work is both whimsical and endearing. Here’s an excerpt from Little Goblins Ten:
Over in the forest
By the graveyard gate
Lived a bony father skeleton
And his little skellies eight
“Rattle!” said the father;
“We rattle,” said the eight.
So they rattled and they ran
By the graveyard gate.
I had so much fun writing this book! I hope you have fun reading it many times over.
Pamela Jane has published twenty-six children’s books with Houghton Mifflin, Atheneum, Simon & Schuster, Avon, Penguin-Putnam, Harper, Mondo, and others. Her books include Noelle of the Nutcracker, illustrated by Jan Brett which has been optioned for a film, and the “Winky Blue” and “Milo” series published by Mondo. Books in these series have recently gone into Spanish, big book, and CD editions. Many of Pamela’s books have appeared in Scholastic Book Clubs, on ALA “Pick of the Lists,” Weekly Reader, and foreign language editions. Pamela also writes a web-based children’s animation series and conducts writing workshops and presentations nationally and internationally for schools and universities and has been interviewed for print media, radio and TV. For more information on Pamela Jane, visit http://www.pamelajane.
In addition to her children’s books, Pamela has recently completed a memoir about her journey to becoming a children’s book author. She is a regular contributor to the popular blog, womensmemoirs.com, and the creator of http://www.austencats.com, a website for Janeites and cat-lovers.
Pamela lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, and their cat, Mittens. In her spare time she reads, walks, and plays the piano very badly.
Pamela’s Tour Stops
Monday, October 3rd: There’s a Book
Tuesday, October 4th: The Road to Here
Wednesday, October 5th: Colloquium
Thursday, October 6th: Amusing Reviews
Friday, October 7th: Café of Dreams
Monday, October 10th: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Tuesday, October 11th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, October 12th: Presenting Lenore
Thursday, October 13th: Jenn’s Bookshelves
Friday, October 14th: Wordsmithonia