Friday, March 12, 2010

Funny fake book news could win you a signed copy of The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade!

I’ve done the occasional book giveaway on this blog, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a contest. By golly, I’m long overdue. So today I’m announcing my first contest, one that will give you an opportunity to win a free signed copy of my new book, The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade. The book is illustrated by the talented Tracy Dockray and published by Tricycle Press.

My idea for the contest comes about due to a Twitter feed I recently ran across, Janice Harayda’s Fake Book News ( As the name implies, the tweets there are completely made-up news items, but they're quite funny. I thought it might be fun to have a contest for Fake Book News specifically in the realm of children’s literature.

To enter the contest, please leave, in the comments section of this blog post, up to five funny Fake Book News tidbits relevant to the children’s book biz.  Deadline:  March 19

Some examples of children’s lit fake book news tweets:
  • HC announces forthcoming Laura Numeroff anti-bullying pb, If You Give A Mouse A Noogie
  • USPS confirms longstanding rumor: Forever stamp was created to eliminate postage-due rejection letters
  • Texas Bd of Ed about-face: Brown Bear, Brown Bear now required reading for ALL grade levels (btw, if this one makes you say, “huh?”, you might not have seen this article)
  • Coca-Cola announces new soda pop ad campaign slogan:  "Fresca:  Rhymes with Scieszka!"
  • New tool for writers: Google adds “Editor” to languages available at Google Translate page.
Yours will be funnier, but hopefully my examples give you an idea of what I’m looking for. Also, you can head over to the Fake Book News twitter feed to see general examples there.

Entries must meet the Twitter standard of being no more than 140 characters long (that’s approximately 20 words).

As mentioned above, you may enter up to 5 fake news items. I’d prefer that you keep multiple news items in one comment (rather than five separate comments), so you might want to cogitate a few days before you post your entries.

Also, five is not a requirement. You can enter just one, or two, or three, or four. Five is just the max.

And you don’t have to leave your name and contact info in the comments. After announcing the winning entry, I’ll have the winner email me with his or her contact info.

The only other rule is that in going for “funny,” be careful not to go into “offensive” or “inappropriate.” I know that you will use your best judgment. But do remember that this blog is open to all age levels, so don’t post anything in poor taste or that contains bad language.

The contest will run for the next seven days. The comments section of this post will be closed at the end of March 19. Then my celebrity judges will take the next few days to review the entries. Each judge will select three favorite fake book news items.

The top vote-getter will be announced on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 (which just so happens to be the release date for The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade). The winner will receive a free copy of The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade, signed by me.
And just who are these celebrity judges? Judging your fake news will be this fabulous line-up!
In the event of a tie, we have an additional celebrity judge waiting in the wings. Author Boni Ashburn (whose book Over At the Castle was just released) is standing by to select the final winner.

 So… Let the fake book news tweets begin!
Click the “Comments” link to add your entry below.


kelly dipucchio said...

1.) The Very Hungry Caterpillar named the new spokesperson for Jenny Craig.

2.) US Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of 10 million Green Eggs & Ham frozen dinners that could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

3.) Crest Whitestrips and Gillette Fusion Razors become proud sponsors of the new Twilight Eclipse movie.

4.) Lindsay Lohan has filed a $100 million dollar lawsuit against Bloomsbury Publishers claiming that the character Freckleface Strawberry was modeled after her.

kelly dipucchio said... would help if authors could read rules, right?! I'm editing entries 2 and 4 because my word count was over the limit.

2.) FDA announces a recall of 10 million Green Eggs & Ham frozen dinners that could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

4.) Lindsay Lohan has filed a lawsuit against Bloomsbury Publishers claiming that the character Freckleface Strawberry was modeled after her.

Jacqui said...

I love If You Give a Mouse a Noogie. Must go think...

kelly dipucchio said...

Okay - one more! Can you tell I'm procrastinating? It's Pay Bills and Postoffice day.

The credit for this one goes to my funny husband.

5.) US Department of Transportation recalls Mo Willems runaway bestseller DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE PRIUS.

Buffy said...

1. Goodnight Moon disappears during eclipse. Found Under the Blood-Red Sun.

I'm inspired by (er...plagiarizing) Kelly's clever hubby:

2. Accident Report:
Hurd of Bunnies smooshed by Runaway Prius.

3. Tricycle press purchases 10,000 trikes to appease brigade of bad-tempered babies. Babies trash trikes, demand Harleys.

Kris Remenar said...

Jon J. Muth expands his undergarment collection to include Zen Boxers and Zen Briefs along with his popular shorts.

Jane Shapiro said...

Author Deborah Diesen releases swarm of B's.

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JosephDMMiller said...

Scholastic recalls The 39 Clues series due to faulty clues. Congress threatens crackdown on plotholes. Riordan: "I forgot to carry the one."

Janice Harayda said...

Love these entries, Debbie. Your Texas Board of Ed. one is particularly inspired, and I might do variation on FakeBookNews. Thanks for letting me know about the contest.

Dan Hanna said...

Mine are all bad news :)

1) Madeline was recently eaten by the very same tiger she once taunted. "She should never have Pooh-Pooh'd that tiger," said a close friend.

2) The Giving Tree was placed in custody after GIVING her abusive companion a fatal blow to the head. "He took everything from me!" she cried.

3) Rainbow Fish scales found to be contaminated by mercury. Once highly valued, the widely distributed scales are now completely worthless.

4) The last of the Wild Things were captured today and placed in a zoo. "Well, that's Where the Wild Things Are – now," said Max.

Ann Finkelstein said...

Ebook popularity causes overpopulation of trees. Valence electrons on endangered list.

One from my husband:

Ebook virus named The Book Worm.

carrie pearson said...

Oscar winning director, Kathryn Bigelow, releases new feature film, Liars, Tiger, and Prayers, Oh My, starring rapper Chris Brown.

Census Bureau picks 101 Dalmations to lead house-to-house survey team amid growing concerns over territory marking claims.

coriefeiner said...

ok, not feeling very funny today...but i thought i would try...

1) Golden Kite Award Gets Tangled in The Giving Tree

2) The Full Moon Sues Popular Authors For Licensing Rights

3) Children's Book Author Manuscript Stolen and Published Doesn't Press Charges, Just Wants To Know How Perpetrator Got Published

corie feiner said...

1) Grouchy Ladybug is Grouchy Again - Now Trying Prozac

2) The Grouchy Ladybug is Pressing Charges Against The Whale's Tale for Assault and Battery

Lori Van Hoesen said...

1. Worm revealed to have fabricated sections of “diary,” to be re-marketed as semi-fictionalized wor-moir.

2. Click Clack Cows go digital, still need blankets. Farmer Brown says, “There’s an app for that.”

3. Dr. Suess sued by blue fish for breach of contract. Fish claims, “My agent negotiated for top billing.”

4. Purple crayon drops Harold after TMZ leaks pictures of alleged “blue use.”

Lisa Yee said...

The Wall Street Journal reports, "Children's Book Authors More Revered Than Athletes"

Anonymous said...

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Dan Hanna said...

Here's my final 5th entry:

Having left Willy Wonka Corp, CEO Charlie Bucket has joined James Trotter to open a factory producing Chocolate Covered Giant Peaches.

Danielle said...

Mouse hospitalized with gluten allergy symptoms after given a cookie

Danielle said...

Entrepreneur pig markets pancake blankets for fellow swine.