Monday, January 16, 2017

PENGUIN IN THE PANTRY - Jamie Bryant - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve already featured a couple of Jamie Bryant’s children’s picture books on the blog. They are so colorful with fun stories that really grab preschooler’s attention. My great grandsons, aged 3 and almost 2, love the pictures and the repetition with the animals. At the same time, they’re learning concepts. I know a lot of people have electronic tablet devices for their children. Since these books come both in print and Kindle editions, they are just right for those devices.

Welcome back, Jamie. What compelled you to write a children’s book series?
When my children were young, I read to them every day. Now that I have grandchildren finding a great book that I love to read to them has proven to be challenging at times. When I did find a story or character that the children enjoyed, I would usually look for that character or author again. When I sat down to write the first book in this series, Monkey in the Mailbox, my imagination ran wild. That very night I wrote down 9 more potential titles for this series.

How does a story for children come to you?
I managed my own home childcare business for eighteen years. The children often would often say to me, “Tell us a Story, Miss Jamie.” Needless to say I had to be always ready and keep my imagination soaring to keep coming up with stories. Also when something happens and it’s funny or interesting I take note of it. One day my husband was eating a sandwich at the table with me and one of the children I was caring for. She was four years old and got extremely excited when she saw a ladybug on his sandwich. She squealed just before the ladybug became his lunch. It’s not yet, but will be a story someday. :)

What do you find most challenging in being a writer?
The necessary needed alone time to actually do the writing. Currently I am my own marketing department, so time must be allotted for this daily. Also I’m a People Person. I love being with people and talking to them and miss that. Something I’ve started doing in the last several months is scheduling Interactive Story-times with props at pre-schools and libraries, which gives me my people time.

That was a problem for me when I started writing, too. As you know, I’m also a people person. I almost drove James crazy talking so much when he got home from work. I missed adult conversation. He used to be rather quiet. Now he likes to talk, too. What makes you smile?
I smile when I sing worship music. I smile when I see children and especially when they laugh. I smile when I think of my family and all that God has blessed me with.

What’s your favorite dessert?
I really love Buttermilk Pie. Someone gave me one as a gift a few years ago and I smiled and said, “Thank you,” thinking the whole time … this is gross. Of course I had to at least try it and give a response. I’ve loved it ever since and make it often with homemade pie crust.

Wow! I never learned to make a good pie crust, so I just buy a quality frozen one. I don’t buy the ones with lard in them. And my mother-in-law introduced me to Buttermilk Pie, and I love it. What would you like to tell us about the featured book?
Penguin in the Pantry finds young Denny just trying to go to the kitchen pantry and get his morning cereal. This becomes a challenge for him because each time he opens the pantry door he is met by a new animal, that only he can see. Surprisingly enough, all of the animals start with the letter P. This provides a teaching opportunity for parents. In the end….Wait! I can’t tell you that. You’ll have to read the book. :)

How can readers find you on the internet?
Here are buy links for the book:

Thank you, Jamie, for sharing this book with us. It’s a wonderful gift for children and grandchildren. Teachers in preschools and libraries should have it, too.

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Unknown said...

Must get this for my grandson. He will have to love penguins as both of his aunts do. I'm from Morris, Illinois.

EJ said...

Sounds like a perfect series to be reading to my new Grandson. Elaine from WI

Jamie Bryant said...

Yes, I bet he would love it! Denny finds some very interesting animals in the pantry!

Connie said...

I am sure that my "almost 3" year old granddaughter would love this! Thanks for sharing.
Connie from KY

Winnie Thomas said...

This book looks and sounds so cute! I'm sure my grandkids would love it! Thanks for the chance to win.
Winnie T from Utah

Kim hansen said...
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Kim hansen said...

Sounds like a book my grandkids would enjoy. north platte nebraska.

Jamie Bryant said...

So excited about all your comments. I've actually read this book to my grandchildren in Kenya using SKYPE! They get so excited each time Denny opens the Pantry Door! Can't wait to see who the winner of the Free Copy will Be!

apple blossom said...

oh, I'd love to win this book to add to my classroom library. thanks for the chance. live in ND

Jamie Bryant said...

How exciting 'apple blossom'. What age to you teach?

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.

Pam Graber said...

This looks like one my grandbabies would enjoy. Would love to win!
Pam in OH