Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Review and Give-Away: OK, Go!

I'm excited to be hosting another give away! First, the review:

OK Go (Hardcover), by Carin Berger. As the inside flap says, "Carin Berger's playful new picture book is a jubilant celebration of going green." The first part of the book contains little text (many of the pages just say "go!" multiple times). The pages are anything but boring, though. They are jam-packed with whimsical illustrations featuring birds and other creatures piloting vehicles. The illustrations are made from recycled materials, such as magazine clippings, tickets stubs, old letters, and newspapers. A four-page (fold out) spread contains rhyming phrases, such as "take a hike, Spike" and "think green, Irene"," as the characters engage in all sorts of environment-loving activities. On the last couple of pages, the unusual cast of characters takes to the streets in a parade, carrying motivational and informational signs about recycling, conserving energy, and other green activities. Additional kid-friendly books and websites about the environment are also referenced for readers wanting additional information.

Excerpt:

"Use a trash can, Stan  
Smell the posies, Rosy 
Conserve, Merve 
Keep it clean, Gene"

Bookworm's interest at 19 months: When I saw the red cars on the cover of the book, I thought we had a shot at our little guy enjoying this one, and in fact, he was strangely mesmerized by it. Strange in that he refused to let me even turn the page. We stayed on pages 5-6 for ages. He kept signing "more," insisting I quiz him about the pages. Thankfully the illustrations are detailed. We found all different colors, then "the car with the three drivers in it," then "drivers with hats on," "a big car," "a little car," "the drivers with wings," etc. I'm sure we're a little young to read it as intended, particularly the information at the back of the book, but he had fun with it.



About the Author

Carin Berger is an award-winning designer and illustrator. She is the author and illustrator of The Little Yellow LeafNot So True Stories & Unreasonable Rhymes, and All Mixed Up, and the illustrator of Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, by Jack Prelutsky. She won the Society of Illustrators Founder's Award in 2006, and Publishers Weekly called her "one to watch." Carin Berger lives with her family in New York City.


Win it!

I have one copy of "Ok, Go!" for a lucky reader.   Edit: the author has also generously offered to include a signed bookplate to the winner!

To enter:

1) Comment on this post.  Say anything you want; I'm not picky.

2) Subscribe to this blog.  Leave a separate comment letting me know.

3) Follow this blog.  Leave a separate comment letting me know.

4) Tweet about the contest with a link to the give away.  Leave a separate comment letting me know.

5) Blog about the contest and leave a comment letting me know.

That's 5 possible entries per person.

Deadline: Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

52 comments:

Crystal said...

I would love to win this to share with my boys.

Crystal said...

I subscribe to the blog with bloglines

Crystal said...

I follow your blog.

shelburns said...

I would love this for my nephew!

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

teachingyoungchildren said...

Sounds like an interesting book. It's nice that your son wants to point the answers to your questions. We did tons of activities like this between 1 and 2 years. Now my daughter has a very advanced vocabulary for her age.

TravelingKailey said...

I would to read this with my Infant Bibliophile in training. He's not quite 6 months and already loves to be read to!

Kjersten said...

Great Blog! I look forward to following.

jefra said...

i'll play! i just found your blog from carin berger, but looks like a cool blog

jefra said...

tweeted too

Mandie said...

I have a 19 month old, too. We should get them together! :)

Tara said...

I tweeted about the contest! I'm @Tara_Librarian and I love this book!

rachel said...

I haven't seen this book in person, but I checked out some of the illustrations online and think they're GORGEOUS! I'm really picky about children's book illustrations (often the colors are boring primary, or the illustrations are too cartoonish, etc.). Oh, and I think my son would like this book, too. ;) He's really into cars. And books!

racheljkgrace@gmail.com

rachel said...

I subscribed last week...

racheljkgrace@gmail.com

rachel said...

And I follow...

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Teryn said...

This looks like a great book for my collection. I'm subscribed and I'm trying to figure out how to follow (I thought they were the same thing- guess not!)

Teryn said...

I figured it out and Now I'm following!

Librarian Mommy said...

Thanks for the opportunity - looks like a great picture book!

Librarian Mommy said...

I subscribe to your blog

Marie said...

I'd like to win this book!
Marie

LifeLongLearner said...

This would be an excellent addition to our library for giving environmental education to our elementary students.

mjantzi@rockingham.k12.va.us

Kim said...

Thanks for the freebies! Love them, and your blog. :-)

rebecca said...

Lovely! My son is also a bit young for this (15 months) but he LOVES books and I would love to add this to our library!


gitrecca at gmail dot com

Effie said...

Never heard of this book but I love the front cover! My girls would love it! effieloren(at)yahoo(dot)com

RavenousReader said...

I think my little guy would like this (and I'm curious to know what's on pages 5-6).

Laura Renegar said...

Pick me! Pick me! :D

Laura Renegar said...

Okay. I retweeted your comment!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Berger's are very unique. We'd love to own this one. Thanks.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Following you using blogger. Hooray.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Blogged: (thanks for the hint)
http://www.brimfulcuriosities.com/2009/06/full-to-brim-kids-book-giveaway-list_26.html

Brimful Curiosities said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/iambrimful/status/2348740839

celi.a said...

This book looks so interesting and cute! And who doesn't love the idea of recycling? Great giveaway!

celialarsen(at)gmail(dot)com

Rebecca said...

Love books! this would be great for my son :)

Rebecca said...

I follow your blog :)

Rebecca said...

I tweeted! (@bitofmomsense)

@I_bibliophile is giving away a fun kids book on her site! Check it out: http://bit.ly/ylwn6

Staci said...

I would love to share this with my guys!!

Staci said...

I subscribe

Staci said...

I follow

RAnn said...

I'd love to win.
ruthjoec at aoldot.com

RAnn said...

I'm following you now. ruthjoec at aoldotcom

RAnn said...

I'm a subscriber. ruthjoec at aol dot com

RAnn said...

I blogged about this contest

Nad said...

Ooh, I'd love to win this!

treflea4 at gmail dot com

Jake Lsewhere said...

Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

I'm also a new follower of your blog.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

Jake Lsewhere said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

Thanks,
jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

MJ said...

I'd love this.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

Yvette said...

I'd love to win my kids love to read.
kishavet@gmail.com

Candace said...

My daughter loves to read. We read a couple of stories at bedtime and she always wants to sleep with her books.
candyhoch(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amy said...

This looks like a really fun book. Thanks for sharing!

Amy Starr said...

I love your blog - I am constantly inspired to continue finding great kids' books - looks like another one! Thanks

Amy Starr said...

I already subscribe to this great blog!

Michele Vogel said...

Great giveaway!

Michele Vogel said...

I subscribed to blog!