We don't do stars...
We don't do thumbs...
We read children's books and grade them in 10 categories:
literary quality
plot
voice
originality
descriptive ability
humor (if attempted)
illustrations (if present)
believability of characters
believability of situations
overall reading enjoyment

There is no grading curve. There are no points for classroom participation. There is no extra credit.
If you disagree, come speak to us after class.

The Grading System

A+.....this means (guess what) we think it's great. So great it surprised even us.
A.....this means it's pretty darn good. A book we'd recommend to just about everyone we know.
B.....better than most. Not exactly Shakespeare for kids, though, if you get our drift.
C.....mediocre. Like the color beige, it didn't stand out.
D.....we didn't like it. There were more bad aspects than good ones.
F.....it reeked of badness. We read it over and over when we are in dire need of hysterical laughter.
F-.....We're pretty sure Dante had a circle of hell for the people who wrote these...and a lower circle for those who published them.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Another contest to win free stuff--really cool free stuff, like a SIGNED copy of FOREST BORN and hot cocoa with those cute little marshmallows

I recently added the "followers" thingummy (that's the technical term, you know! ;) on my sidebar, and have decided to have a contest to actually get people to notice it... It hides in there so cozily at the moment.
First of all, the prizes:
The winner has a choice of two prizes. The first shall henceforth be known as "THE READER'S JOY" and shall contain: one copy of our most recent A+ graded book, Shannon Hale's Forest Born, signed by the author; a bookmark; gummy bears; a box of hot chocolate--with those cute little marshmallows. The second shall be called "THE WRITER'S SURVIVAL KIT" and shall contain: a leatherbound notebook; pens in fun colors; a mug; coffee or tea; chocolate candy bar.
How to Enter:
-Become a follower, and post a comment here letting us know. (1 entry)
-Post an entry on your blog linking to this contest, and post a comment here letting us know. (for a second entry)
-Place a link to this blog on your blog or website, and post a comment here etc. (for a third entry)
Per the usual procedure, one winner will be chosen at random; make sure we have your email address so we can contact you. The contest will be open for entries through October 31, 2009.
Good luck!

7 comments:

Rose said...
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Rose said...

oops, I accidentally deleted my first comment...

I think its a great idea to have a contest, and I hope you will get a lot of comments as you have an awesome blog!
btw, I actually follow the blog through updates on my igoogle page... its a really convenient way to see your most recent posts!

Catherine said...

Hello. My name is Catherine and I am an aspiring writer and grammarnazi. :o) I literally squealed out loud scaring my roommate and friend when I read the description of the Writer's Survival Kit; I absolutely love notebooks and fun colored pens! I have lurked your blog for a while, and I love your witty commentary on the books, as well as your practical advice. Thanks! :o)

Mark Hough said...

I'm following now. Glad to see the "thingummy" there as I've been following on my own for months.

Mark Hough said...

And I've posted a link to the contest on my blog as well:
http://storysmiths.blogspot.com/2009/10/visit-book-report-to-win-cool-free.html

Lindsay's Photographys said...

I would LOVE to win the first prizes pack!!!
Thankyou!! :D:D:D

I am a new follower!!

-Lindsay

lindsay15photo@gmail.com

Natalie said...

Great website - wish I would have known about the contest earlier! :)