Thursday, November 18, 2010


Remember my lil buddy, Critter? I had him hang at my place in January. We had loads of fun and for over a year now, CRITTER, the creation of artist Ian Sands, has been travelling the world, meeting many talented writers and authors and exploring where they live. At each stop he learns more and more about KIDLIT and the importance of literacy and creativity. This journey was the brainchild of Christy Evers, who got her hands on Critter after an interactive art project of Ian’s, where 500 Critters were hidden all over her city for people to find.

Critter has visited PJ Hoover (and the Texas Sweethearts!) in Texas, Beth Revis in North Carolina, Christina Farley in Korea, New England with Nandini Bajpai, Illinois with little ole me, MG Higgins in California, Rena Jones in Montana, Cynthia Leitich Smith in Texas, Bish Denham in the Virgin Islands, Jacqui Robbins in Michigan, Tina Ferraro in California, Cynthia Chapman Willis in New Jersey, Jill S. Alexander in Texas, Ellen Oh in Virginia and finally, Alberta Canada with Angela Ackerman.

Critter has been to college, rock concerts (see him crowdsurfing in the above picture), national landmarks, a palace, attended his first SCBWI conference, walked among giant redwoods, and met the world famous artist, Robert Bateman. Now that his journey is coming to a close, it’s CRITTER’S hope that you will help him celebrate over at The Bookshelf Muse. His new hosts, together with old hosts, have teamed up to create the Kidlit-inspired event, Critterpalooza! and you’re invited! Party at the Muse! Party at the Muse!

There are many AMAZING prizes to be won, all in the spirit of helping Critter celebrate the wonderful creativity & support within out KIDLIT community, and to also raise awareness for his charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Seriously, great prizes! I'm offering a Poetry Pack with Poetrees by Douglas Florian and Stampede by Laura Purdie Salas. There are so many other fabulous prizes including a Skype chat, critiques, signed books, goodies and so much more!!! Don't miss it!

If you would like to donate a few dollars to Critter’s charity, just click on the I Love St. Jude button. Children’s lives are saved every day thanks to the support of people like you!

Isn't that awesome?! And here's another great contest in the wonderful world of blogs:

Carol's Dark and Twisty and Rule Breaky Giveaway! Carolina Valdez Miller is giving away two signed books! Plus lotsa cool arcs! Isn't she sweet? She's so not dark and twisty!
So, click those links and get on over to Angela's and Carol's blog. Do it!


Lola Sharp said...

Awww. What a wonderful ride Critter has had. (this reminds me of Flat Stanley) And what a wonderful cause. We give twice/year to St. Jude. (their commercials make me sob...I instantly pick up my phone and give a second time, even though husband donates a nice chunk to them every December.)

I LOVE that you took Critter to a rock concert!✩♡✩


Christina Lee said...

awwww *pets critter* What a sweet (and impressive) ride!

MG Higgins said...

Yay Critter!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

You do such a service for us all! Thanks for the info!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This Critterpalooza celebration is holy smokes awesome!!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I bet Critter had a blast with you, Kelly! Hurray for Critter, Critterpalooza and this wonderful cause!

Matthew Rush said...

Critter FOR THE WIN!

Angela Ackerman said...

I think you would be so fun to hang with Kelly! Criiter definitely thought so--who else takes him crowd surfing?

You da best!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Christina Farley said...

Yeah for Critter!

Anita said...

Lots to love here!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Aw I love this idea!! Such a great charity. Such a great way to support it. Total fun!

Thank you for the mention, too, love! Totally appreciate it! You're so sweet!


P.S. How is the house sale going? Any luck?

Becca Puglisi said...

Thank you, THANK YOU for introducing Critter to the awesomeness that is the music of Van Halen. He's probably shopping right now for some neon spandex.

Thanks for hosting him!

The Bookshelf Muse

Kim Kasch said...

Love St. Jude and what a wonderful way to share the upcoming season of Thanksgiving by giving.

Samantha Vérant said...

I was just over at Rena's blog and the moment I saw Critter went to a rock concert-- I knew it was you. Too funny.

Laura Pauling said...

It's neat to see all the places critter has been and for such a good cause!

Kelly said...

Thanks,everyone, for all of your support for Critter! I hope you all go to the Bookshelf Muse and enter! So many great prizes!!
Have a great weekend, all!

Lydia Kang said...

Critter! What a great idea for meeting people and reaching out. Thanks for the links to the party!

Susan Fields said...

Thanks for the links! Sounds like Critter's had a fantastic trip!

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