Saturday, November 21, 2009

Guest Post: Shelly Nicolson author of Jake The Snake And The Stupid Time-Out Chair

Shelly Nicholson, author of the book Jake The Snake And The Stupid Time-Out Chair , stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.

First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Beth for hosting me on her blog. Thank you, Beth! I am so happy to be here!

Besides being a writer, I am the mother of four (3 sons and a daughter: ages 13, 11, 8 and 5). Ah, my four very sweet, yet sometimes very unruly children!

I remember when each of my boys was going through the “terrible twos.” My oldest son liked to write on walls, my middle son liked to chew on electrical cords, and my youngest son, who was inspiration for my early chapter books Jake the Snake and the Stupid Time-Out Chair and A Stinky Surprise for Jake the Snake (to be released early in 2010) didn’t just go through the terrible twos. He also went through the “terrorizing threes,” the “frightful fours” and the “fearsome fives!” I used to think those were the worst stages of childhood. From swinging off chandeliers, painting furniture with hand lotion, building sandcastles with laundry detergent, climbing on every piece of furniture known to man, eating cat poop, washing matchbox cars in toilet water, whitewashing the garage and himself, and snacking on doggie biscuits…how could being a mommy to a terrible toddler get any worse? And then the teenage years began. I'm learning that the “terrib
le twos” were nothing more than lots of inspiring memories for hilarious stories. As a matter of fact, I'd trade almost anything to get those years of “terrible two-hood” back! It’s the “terrible teens” moms across the nation should truly fear.

But I can’t complain, because I glean all my inspiration and creativity from memories of my terrib---I mean---TERRIFIC children! In my books and stories, it is my intention to get young readers interested in reading through realistic situations and humor. However, I also want to instill a valuable lesson within the plot of my stories. And I think Jake the Snake and the Stupid Time-Out Chair teaches kids about sibling rivalry, sibling camaraderie, and also thinking of others first. My four kids are the biggest fans of my stories, and I can even get my teenaged son to laugh at the antics of Jake the Snake when I proofread my manuscripts over and over. I truly think humor is the key to getting kids interested in listening, reading and comprehending. Especially young boys who would rather be playing a video game instead of reading! Whether young or old, who doesn’t deserve a good laugh? I hope other children will think Jake the Snake is a hilarious kid, who might be a little misunderstood, but who is very endearing and always learns a valuable lesson.

To learn more about the many adventures of Jake the Snake, you can visit my website and even sign my guest book at Happy Reading! –Shelly Faith Nicholson

About the book:

Jake the Snake is a rambunctious kindergartner who is always getting into mischief! And when that happens, he is sent to the "stupid time-out chair." Jake the Snake is scared Santa Claus is watching and will bring a stupid lump of coal for Christmas 'cause Christmas isn't far away! When Jake the Snake drowns his brother's pet lizard in chocolate sauce, he is really afraid. But things only get worse when Jake the Snake goes to the mall to visit Santa and barfs in the mall elf's hat! Will Jake the Snake get a stupid lump of coal for Christmas? Or will Santa forgive him for all the naughty things he's done all year?

About Shelly:

Shelly Nicholson lives at Hidden Valley, PA, with her husband John and four children. Besides writing, Shelly enjoys skiing, running, cooking and spending time with her family. Shelly is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and is a freelance writer for children's magazines. She is currently working on a middle grade novel.


Mardel said...

Believe me, my kids have done some variation of the things you mentioned. Kids are an adventure. Parenthood is an adventure. Sometimes we survive....some don't. That sounds awful doesn't it? It's true though :).

Your book sounds very interesting, as well as funny. Kids love funny books, so this one should do well.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Yep, humor solves everything. Or at least helps.

Mardel said...

Yes yes, I try to remember to laugh. I've survived my four kids (so far!) and am now working on grandchildren. Whole different ballgame and a lot more laughter!

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