Celebrate this Beloved Childrens Author’s Birthday – Autographed Book Giveaway

December is filled with the celebration of winter holidays, but did you know there is another reason to celebrate? Someone special will be celebrating a birthday very soon! Can you guess who? Here are a few clues:

  • He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 30, 1943. 
  • He’s written and illustrated over 300 children’s books. 
  • His most famous character appeared in his 1975 book, Just For You. 
  • Two of the main character’s favorite pets are a grasshopper and a spider. 
  • He’s going to be 69 this year so that means next year is the BIG 70, so we need to start planning a BIG celebration. 

Did you guess? …….It’s award-winning American children’s book author and illustrator Mercer Mayer—and Silver Dolphin Books would like to celebrate the occasion with you!

Over the course of his amazing career, Mercer Mayer has published over 300 books using a wide range of illustrative styles, although he is probably best known for his Little Critter® and Little Monster series of books. When drawing from his own childhood experiences in creating stories, he struck a chord with children and parents alike.

“Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid,” says Mercer. “Now that I’m a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children and grandchildren. They always remind me of what it is like to be little.”

At Silver Dolphin Books, there other reasons to celebrate too! In January 2013, Silver Dolphin Books will be unveiling their very first app about Little Critter—Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter: The Trip.

Available in late January 2013, this app invites young children to learn along with Little Critter and the other familiar characters to reinforce their ability to resolve the practical, down-to-earth, family-based situations typically presented in Mayer’s book series. Offering a balance of fun games and learning activities, the Little Critter app emphasizes basic pre-school and early elementary curriculum (numbers, shapes, colors, patterns, letters, simple words, map reading).

In Little Critter: The Trip, you will be able to take an action-packed car trip with Little Critter, Little Sister, Mom and Dad in which everything imaginable happens—literally—from A to Z, in this fun-filled interactive app! “B is for bad” when the “T is for tire” goes flat! And “L is for lost” when where did the “R is for road” go? Little Critters’ trip is full of humorous ups and downs like the actual road they’re following! It’s up to you and Little Critter to help find the way, fix the car when it breaks down, and play lots of fun “G is for games” with Little Sister to pass the time! Kids learn along with Little Critter as, true to his nature, he cheers you on to scale new heights!

For more fun, you can send a FREE Little Critter Holiday e-Card.  There are 5 adorable designs to chose from!   Not only that there are fun and FREE printable Little Critter® Activity Sheets. Just the thing to fill the extra hours during winter break.

Reader Giveaway:  To add some extra fun to the celebration, we are holding a reader giveaway.  One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive a Mercer Mayer autographed copy of LITTLE CRITTER’S SNOWBALL SOUP, a “My First I Can Read” book for readers ages 4 and up (paperback). It’s a fun winter-themed book that ties so well into this festive time of year—join Little Critter, Little Sister, and Dog as they make their new friend the snowman a tasty treat—Snowball soup!

To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm on  1/11/13.  Good luck!

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  1. I like Just Go to Bed (Little Critter) (Pictureback(R)) by Mercer Mayer.

  2. We love All By Myself.

  3. I love Just Me and My Mom

  4. Just Go To Bed

  5. Just Me and My Mom! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  6. i would love to read snow ball soup to my grandson

  7. Just Me in the Tub book

  8. I love All by Myself. I loved ALL these books when I was a kid, and now my kids read them.

  9. Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer.

  10. We like “Just me and my Mom”

  11. when i get bigger

  12. I like the book Just Me and My Mom

  13. the book – Just For You

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

  14. merry christmas mom and dad, is a great one!

  15. My favorite is Just Me and My Dad.

  16. Just Me and My Mom

  17. Just Me and My Puppy

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