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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hooray for JUSTIN! And Spring! Spring? Hello?

Hooray for JUSTIN!

Just saw that JUSTIN CASE: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom is on the 2013 edition of "Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults" from the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education!

Also: in honor holy moley despite the snow that's about to fall it actually is spring and almost time for the Easter Bunny, I am going to give away a signed copy of PIGGY BUNNY! 

All you have to do to enter is link here on facebook or twitter with #piggybunny (and tag me so I know to enter you).

BUT (as they used to say on those commercials for ginzo knives and accordian plastic bowls) BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE: 

brilliant illustrator Jeremy Tankard drew this original art for the winner:

and there is a chance that if you are the lucky winner, I will part with this bit of perfection and send it to you along with the book.

But there is a chance I won't because, yeah. I love that picture. 

I will try.

If you don't enter, maybe I could just keep it with a clear conscience... hmmm...

Well, do your thing.

I had surgery on my leg 10 days ago and I'm better each day but starting to get a little punchy under near house arrest so, yk, no promises.

But much love,
Rachel Vail

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Weird rules

I've been thinking about the weird rules my family has made.


Don't be weird in somebody else's face.

Plums are not one-bite food.

Don't ask for poster board after 7 PM.

No screaming unless you are actually on fire.

Don't comment on other people's food choices.


No dessert before dinner except sometimes.

What are your family's weirdest (or most important) rules?

My cousin Meredith uses, Yogurt is not finger food. Other good ones I've gotten from friends on facebook include: teeth are not tools; no farting on Mommy's lap; No Barney; no more licking your shoes.

All excellent suggestions I am planning to implement before it's too late.

There is an excellent piece of art, part of a collection you might want to look into if you're into such things, at Meredith's blog. Also a hilarious video series.

Oh, I should add around here we also have: no mixed metaphors. And one space after a period, and YES, the Oxford comma. Obviously. Also, You are not allowed to begin a sentence with Mommy how do you spell... (because I CAN'T SPELL. There, the truth is out.)

And: wouldn't this make a fun picture book? What would be the title?

Prizes for good suggestions on both counts...

Rachel Vail