Posted in Book Review

Super Happy Party Bears again

To kick of year 2 of my blog, the Super Happy Party Bears have stopped by for a party. They are good like that. The books are by Marcie Colleen and Steve James.

You can find a review of the first two books in my archives. This is a review of books 3 and 4. The books come out as twins which is fun.

Staying a Hive is the third book. It is about a Queen Bee opening a honey business. The Bears love honey so they start buying. The Grumpy Woods homes get covered in honey. That makes them grumpy or grumpier. The Super Happy Party Bears have to fix that issue.

Going Nuts is the fourth book. In this book, the Bears are getting nuts to add to the honey and make products. It is the worst ideas to take nuts for squirrels and chipmunks. That makes them mad. At first, the Party Bears blame everyone else instead of taking responsibility. Bad Party Bears. It all works out at the end.

I have heard some adults think the books are too silly for kids but that is the best part. Sometimes kids need book candy. We need to read completely silly, pee your pants funny books.

Now that we are on summer vacation these books are perfect for reading but still having fun. Summer Super Happy Bears!

Posted in Friday Fun

Super Happy Party Bear Dance Playlist

Today’s Friday Funny is my own Super Happy Party Bear Dance Playlist. I love dance parties and so do the Party Bears. So let’s have a Friday Dance Party.  Just know before my parents found Kids Place Live, we listened to their playlists. Now we mostly listen to kid’s music but some songs are still favorites.

We start our playlist with Get this Party Started (Shirley Bassey version).

2. Dancing in the kitchen by Tim Kubart

3. I don’t feel like dancin’ by Scissor Sisters

4. Jump Around by House of Pain (Dad says I have always loved this song and would bounce to it as a baby)

5. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake (I can’t wait for this movie to come out. What about you?)

6. Dancing Queen by ABBA

7. Breakfast Club by Tim Kubart (you try not loving his stuff)

8. Really don’t care by Postmodern Jukebox (Annoying Little Brother was Tambourine Guy for Halloween last year. Did you know Tim Kubart is Tambourine Guy?)

9. What does the fox say by Ylvis (Annoying Little Brother made us listen to this a lot before he found Tim Kubart)

10. We are the dinosaurs (dance remix) by Laurie Berkner

PS. Want a hint about my Halloween costume this year? I am reusing pieces of last year’s costume

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Posted in Meet the authors

Meet the author: Marcie Colleen

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Author website/social media: http://www.thisismarciecolleen.com Twitter: @MarcieColleen1

Tell me a little about yourself:
As a kid, I loved anything creative. I danced, sang, acted, and loved decorating my school books with homemade paperbag covers.I guess you can say I dabbled in anything and everything artsy. Then, as an adult I continued to dabble. I have had lots of different jobs in my life. I have been a teacher, an actress, and a nanny. But I have finally found the BEST job ever–writing children’s books. Now I can be creative AND I don’t even have to get out of my pajamas to do so!

When you were my age, did you like to read? Absolutely! I loved going to the library and would often read the books in the car on the way home.

What was your favorite story?
I have always been a big Curious George fan. Years ago, before I started writing for children, my brother gave me The Complete Adventures of Curious George for Christmas. I’ve read those classics over and over again in my adult life. My favorite scene is at the end of Curious George Takes a Job when George and all of his friends can be seen in a theater watching a movie about George. As a kid I would look through the audience and try to find everyone from the story. Often, like at my wedding, when people that I have met throughout my life gather to celebrate with me, I think back to that scene as if I am living my own “Curious George Theater” scene.

How do you get your ideas?
Ideas are everywhere. Sometimes I overhear something and it sparks an idea. Other times I remember something from my own childhood or I read a story on the Internet. I keep notebooks and post-it notes full of ideas.

Is it hard to write/illustrate a book?
Well, if it was easy, everyone would do it, right? Truth is, it is difficult, but if you want something badly enough, you work hard at it and each time you will get better and better. I’m still getting better with each story I write. The key is to make sure what you are doing makes you happy. And writing stories and trying to make them the best they can be makes me very, very happy. Some may even say SUPER happy.

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated?
That’s a really tough question. Honestly, I love them all. Although right now I have caught Super Happy Party Bears fever, seeing as they are dancing onto bookshelves really soon. SQUEE!

What author do you really like right now?
Lately I am loving Bob Shea books. They are funny and full of heart and he makes it look easy. And let me tell you…they are NOT easy. The second Ballet Cat book, DANCE, DANCE, UNDERPANTS is just brilliant! Yes, a book with underpants in the title is brilliant. Oh, and selfish plug…he’s illustrating my debut picture book, LOVE, TRIANGLE (Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollins) which will be out in Fall 2017.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?
Believe that you can be. And if anyone tells you you can’t, ignore them. Guard your dream. Because dreams are precious and they can come true. You can be anything you put your mind to. Trust me!

Posted in Book Review

The Super Happy Party Bears series –

 

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Written by Marcie Colleen

Illustrated by Steve James

This is a triple bonus review. Not only am I reviewing two books but today is their book birthday! Did you know authors call the release date of their books “book birthdays”?

Here I am with the first book the day I got my copy. I read a lot that day. It was so good. I suggested these books when I was on KidsPlace Live last week.

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The Super Happy Party Bears are bears that are super happy party bears. They put on their super happy party pants in the mornings. Unlike Grumpy Woods animals, who put on grumpy pants every day. I wonder if they put their grumpy pants on backwards if that makes them grumpier or happy?

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The first book is Gnawing Around. It is about beavers moving into Grumpy Woods. They are not very nice even for Grumpy Woods. They are grumpy but even grumpier than everyone else. The beavers build a dam and it takes away most of the water in Grumpy River. Everyone else is really grumpier than usual.  One of the Party Bears jumps of the dam and well, I can’t tell you what happens. That would be a spoiler!  I think you should read this book.

The second book is called Knock Knock on Wood.  In this book, the Super Happy Party Bears meet Wallace Woodpecker, a noisy bird. The town’s critters are really annoyed. Did you know the town is annoyed by the Super Happy Party Bears all the time? The beavers even show in this story (I am not going to tell you how but it is funny).

Overall, the books are really funny. I can’t wait for the next books in the series.  I am really impressed about Marcie’s first books. She did a really, really good job!