Goodies for the Gobblers
the River: A Turkey's Tale has been getting some
wonderful press. In a review that appeared in the Pioneer
Press in early November, they wrote "Minneapolis illustrator
Derek Anderson uses the lyrics of a popular Thanksgiving song
new kids' picture book, "Over the River: A Turkey's Tale" (Simon
& Schuster, $14.95). But his version offers a hilarious twist
on the traditional tune: The protagonists are turkeys." She goes
on to say, "Anderson... has an eye for humor." To read the complete
review, please click HERE.
And WCBS in
New York recently named Over the River: A Turkey's
Tale a best
new book. Check it out HERE.
Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh
in Pittsburgh recently ran a terrific review of Over the
River: A Turkey's Tale. Read below:
the River: A Turkey's Tale," illustrations by Derek Anderson,
based on the song by Lydia Maria Child; Simon & Schuster,
$14.95, 40 pages, ages 4 to 8.
You talk about taking a familiar tune and giving it a clever
new twist. In Derek Anderson's rendition of this well-known song,
family that is traveling over the river and through the woods to
grandmother's house is a family of turkeys, each and every one
of them dolled up for a day of pleasantries, though the trek
but easy. An old gray horse knows the way through the snowy woods,
but a young hunter with an amiable hound dog in tow has other plans,
making the adventure of the gobblers anything but routine. All's
well that ends well, as they say, with Derek Anderson's colorful
acrylics garnering high grades for their imagination.
Snowflake up for Auction Soon!
here's the reality- very little of Derek's original artwork has
been released for sale. Though he's been approached by both galleries
and individuals, he's resisted selling his paintings.
here's your chance to own an original work of art by Derek Anderson-
and benefit cancer research at the same time.
When Derek's snowflake goes up for auction on November 27th,
you will have the opportunity to own the snowflake that
exclusively for this cause.
auction (on ebay) begins November 27th and will run one week only
through December 4th. It's a great cause and you could come away
with a piece of original art by Derek.
learn more, visit Robert's
Snow by clicking HERE.
you can have Little Quack with your Cheerios!
Quack has been chosen for Spoonfuls
of Stories! Spoonfuls of Stories is
a literacy initiative program sponsored by Cheerios & First
knows what Cheerios are. First Book is a national non-profit organization
with one giant goal: to give children from low-income families the
opportunity to read and own their first books.
now until January, 2006, A free "child-sized" copy
of Little Quack will be included
in one million specially marked boxes of Cheerios. Four other
wonderful books have also been selected for this very special
Cheerios is distributing a total of five million books in all-
one million each of the five books selected. As an added bonus, Little
been produced exclusively as the only bilingual book in this
year's promotion. So get a box of Cheerios, have your breakfast
and learn to say "Quack" in Spanish!
is proud and honored to have his work included as a part of
this terrific reading program. Many thanks to First Book for all
of their great work, thanks also to the folks at General Mills,
and also Simon & Schuster who helped make it possible.
you're interested, your
family can make a donation to First Book using special donation
forms included on Cheerios boxes. One hundred percent of the funds
will be used to buy books and the donations will be
sorted by zip code, with books going back to the communities where
the donations came from.
you would like to learn more about First Book or about Spoonfuls
for Derek's Snowflake is Set
ready to bid! The auction dates for the Robert's Snow Original
Snowflakes have been set. There are so many snowflakes that they
had to break
into five different auctions. Derek's snowflake will go up for
bid on ebay on Sunday, November 27th. Bids can be made for
one week only- until December 4th. We will provide a link from
when the date
you heard of Robert's Snow? Nationally recognized children's book
illustrators paint original snowflakes and they're auctioned on
ebay with 100% of the proceeds going to cancer research. Last year,
Robert's Snow raised more than $100,000 for cancer research. You
could own an original piece of art by Derek Anderson or one of
the other talented artists participating this year. You can
contribute by simply buying a piece of unique art! The snowflakes
are displayed on the Robert's Snow website now. Please visit Robert's
Snow by clicking HERE.
yet another Review...
can certainly tell it's autumn! All of the new fall books
are showing up in stores and the reviews are coming in one after
We've already posted reviews by Kirkus and School Library
Journal. Booklist has just come out with a review of Derek's latest
the River: A Turkey's Tale.
call Derek's paintings "... eye-popping acrylic pictures, big and
vibrant enough for group sharing..."
read Booklist's full review of Over the River,
Over the River Review...
just received a new review from School Library Journal. In their
review of Derek's new book, Over
the River: A Turkey's Tale, they begin, "Anderson's
amusing acrylic artwork provides a new twist on a favorite holiday
song." They go on to say, "This is a fun, humorous
addition to Thanksgiving collections. Children will enjoy looking
illustrations and comparing the chaos pictured there to the words
of the old song."
read the full review of Over the River,
the River: A Turkey's Tale is on sale now.
Quack's Bedtime wins Award!
Quack's Bedtime has been selected as a 2005 National
Parenting Publication Gold Award Winner! The National Parenting
Awards is one of the country's most authoritative consumer-awards
programs recognizing the best in children's and parenting
resources. Little Quack's Bedtime,
written by Lauren Thompson, and illustrated by Derek Anderson
was published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers last
for Little Quack!
the River is Reviewed!
Reviews has just come out with the first review of Derek's newest
the River: A Turkey's Tale!
a brief summary, Kirkus says about Over the River, "...young
readers will be so captivated by the fracas in Anderson's big,
book centers around the classic Thanksgiving song "Over
by 19th Century author, Lydia Maria Child and was adapted
Derek. The book was published by Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers and is on sale now.
read the full review of Over the River, click HERE.
An All New Gladys Review!
There's more great news
from the critics! A wonderful new review of Derek's book, Gladys
Goes Out to Lunch was just published
by School Library Journal. Following a summary of the story,
the reviewer writes, "This humorous book will tickle children
and could also fit well into a unit on the five senses"...
To read the full review, click HERE.