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Last week, these lollipops mysteriously appeared in the mail.


Cornelius had been dying to taste a caper-flavored lollipop ever since he read Dan Krall’s The Great Lollipop Caper. 


Despite the warning, he was sure he’d never be appalling.



He removed the wrapper. The lollipop was strangely smooth and unsticky. No smell.




Lick lick.

Nope, not him. He was a good bear, a likeable bear — no lollipop in the whole wide world could ever change that.


Without asking permission, he raided the cookie jar.


When he got thirsty, he took to the bottle.



Then, I’m sorry to report, he began writing nasty words.


*covers eyes*

Lick lick lick lick lick lick lick lick.

He decided he would do every naughty thing the children did in the book!



And that wasn’t all.

My stars, you WILL NOT believe what he did next.


Desecrated the title of an otherwise tasty book. GASP!

Beyond appalling!

Antidote lollipop to the rescue!





Lick lick.


Guess Dan’s story is true.

Read The Great Lollipop Caper with great caution.

DO NOT eat any caper-flavored lollipoopspops unless you have Antidote lollipops on hand.

Cornelius has learned his lesson. He’s back to being his well-behaved self.


Well, almost.

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lollipop caper cover

♥ For a chance to win a SIGNED COPY of The Great Lollipop Caper + lollipops, enter the giveaway at this post  (if you dare).

Deadline for entries: Midnight (EDT) Friday, May 24, 2013.


Copyright © 2013 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

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If you’re in the mood for a tempestuous tale of jealousy, greed and world domination, you’ve come to the right place.

The frenetically talented and unusually hungry author, illustrator, animator and art director Dan Krall (yes, he’s tall) has just today released a brand new shiny briny picture book called The Great Lollipop Caper (Simon & Schuster, 2013)! Yay, Lollipops!

Some would say respectable grown men shouldn’t write about sweet lollipops, but here’s the lick: at first glance, this may seem like a simple, albeit saccharine story. But all you diehard sourpusses will be happy to hear this tome has a testy tart edge — it taps into the inner torment (for crying out loud) of one little green wrinkly caper. Oy, a caper’s cautionary caper — bite me!

Before I tempt you any further, a couple of party accoutrements.


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1. Kidlit Cares, an online auction spearheaded by author Kate Messner to benefit Red Cross relief efforts for victims of Superstorm Sandy, is in full swing. Bid on manuscript critiques, in-person and Skype author visits, phone consults with agents and editors, writing workshops and more. Click here for the full list of items available for bidding this week. Round 2 will begin next Monday, November 12, hosted by author Joanne Levy. You can also follow the auction at the newly created Kidlit Cares Facebook Page.

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Goth Greetings to all ye goodly ghosts and goblins!

Where did October go? How time flies when you’re having fun! We thoroughly enjoyed hosting all our special guests and thank everyone for reading and commenting on the interviews.

Today, we’re pleased to announce the winners of the giveaways for these three books:

  • Apple by Nikki McClure
  • The Goodbye Cancer Garden by Janna Matthies and Kristi Valiant
  • The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha Lowe.

Naturally, we wouldn’t dream of asking anyone other than the ever reliable, extremely flirtatious intelligent numerical genius Monsieur Random Integer Generator to help us pick the winners.

As you can well imagine, Monsieur Generator’s services are in constant demand. Such a busy, busy boy. We had to utilize state-of-the-art vampire bat echolocation to determine his exact whereabouts. We tracked him from the balmy Promenade des Anglais in Nice to the hills of San Miniato in Tuscany, where he was sniffing out white truffles before proceeding to London’s West End, where he will star in a new production of “The Count of Monte Crisco,” part of a new campaign to imprison those who promote trans fats in the human diet.


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Originally self-published in 1997, this recipe gift book was released by Sasquatch Books in 2010.

For award-winning cut-paper artist Nikki McClure, the perfect day would likely start off with one of her husband Jay T’s homemade waffles. It would be topped with fresh fruit — foraged or farm market blackberries or neat slices of late summer nectarines. Or he might make his giant blueberry pancakes — pancakes that fill the whole pan, flipped with a giant spatula. Mmmm!

These nourishing, homemade mornings are an important part of Nikki’s inspiring, free-spirited lifestyle that’s marked by weekly visits to the farmers market, cooking, eating and playing outdoors with her son Finn, foraging for fruit, afternoon swims, astute observations of her rural environment, and hours of meditative work in her studio, where she captures the essence of bird, leaf, branch, sky, the turning of the seasons, and a myriad of other everyday wonders in her amazingly beautiful, intricate papercuts.

Nikki’s studio: working on her next book, HOW TO BE A CAT


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