I don't do many book reviews, but when Connie Arnold asked me if I would review her picture book ANIMAL SOUND MIX-UP I jumped at the chance. ANIMAL SOUND MIX-UP is one cute book! Imagine if one day you woke up and all the animals in the world made different sounds...Wouldn't that be funny!!! ANIMAL SOUND MIX-UP is a fun rhyming book that lets the imagination go wild.......
My favorite line from the book is:
"What if when you went to the zoo, all the monkeys were to moo? " (Now how cute is that!)
ANIMAL SOUND MIX-UP was published by Guardian Angel Publishing and is available in print, on an ebook cd and an ebook pdf. You can buy it directly from GAP (Guardian Angel Publishing) , from Amazon or from Barnes and Noble.
Guardian Angel Publishing is based in Saint Louis, Missouri (many of you know I lived in STL for 9 years, which is longer than I lived anywhere else in my entire life). I took this opportunity to learn a little about Guardian Angel Publishing from Connie. (I have to be honest here...I wanted to learn about them for my benefit too. I'm always looking for a good reason to go to Saint Louis and having a publisher there would be a great reason to make the five and half hour drive.) GAP will start accepting submissions again on April 1 via email. So I asked Connie a few questions...
Me: Aspiring writers are always curious about what makes a writer submit to a particular publishing house. What made you submit with GAP?Connie: A friend who had books published by Guardian Angel Publishing recommended that I submit my manuscript. I visited the website - http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/ - and really liked what I saw. Now it's my turn to recommend GAP to others!
Me: I noticed several GAP authors did a book signing in Saint Louis in September, what was the best part of the event?
Connie: We did two events in St. Louis, one at the Children's Illustrated Art Museum, and a book signing at Borders. The event at the museum was such fun with many home school families attending and participating in the many activities we had for them. My favorite part was reading Animal Sound Mix-up to them and the fun they had with it and getting to share their own animal sounds afterward.It was great getting to meet GAP publisher, Lynda Burch, and some of the other authors and illustrators.
Me: Do you have any other events planned?
Connie: Since we went from St. Louis on to visit children, grandchildren and other family for two weeks and recently returned home, I'm just now able to get some events lined up. I plan to do events at the library and some preschool classes and will be contacting others soon, as well as looking into doing book signings. I've talked with some others about doing a signing together sometime, which I know from the St. Louis experience is fun!
Me: Animal Sound Mix-up is such a cute book! What "sparked" the idea for it?
Connie: Having young grandchildren! They are learning so much, including the sounds animal makes, and I started thinking about the variety of sounds animals make and how different they all are. Then, I guess craziness set in (I might have caught that from my grandsons)!
Me: Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?
Connie: Keep writing, find what you do best and share it with others, get feedback so you can improve your writing, and if you want to be published, be persistent and not discouraged in the face of rejections but have faith in yourself and the talent God has given you!
*****If you have a little one or a grandbaby they'll love ANIMAL SOUND MIX-UP over and over and over again...
If you haven't met Connie, please hop over to her blog and meet her.
Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful week...Do you have any special writing plans for the week???