Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Blueberry Pie Elf

The latest book to be brought back from the rare and collectible bookshelves by Purple House Press is Jane Thayer's "The Blueberry Pie Elf." Originally published in 1959, the copyright was renewed in 1987, but the book has been difficult to find until being republished this year.

Jane Thayer was the pen name of Catherine Woolley. She wrote more than 80 books for children. Her first book, "I Like Trains," was published in 1944, and her last children's book was released in 1989. Seymour Fleishman's charming illustrations are perfect for this wonderful story about how an elf who loves pie -- but, take note -- only BLUEBERRY PIE -- does all he can think of when the cherry and apple pies start coming. Fleishman, who turned 90 last year, illustrated more than 50 books for children between 1953 and 1989. Fleishman and Woolley also collaborated on the "Gus the Friendly Ghost" series.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Caspar Babypants Rocks the Soup!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Caspar Babypants and his accompaniest on percussion, Fred Babyshirt! Caspar played songs from his debut, "Here I am" and some new tunes that'll be appearing on his next release, already in the planning stages. All the songs were crowd pleasers, but two favorites were "Fuzzy Wuzzy" with new verses about various animal friends, and a very nice version of PUSA's "Kitty," which had the grown-ups and kids rocking. Also worth note was "Little Broken Truck" for which Caspar (who is really Chris Ballew) was joined by his daughter Josie & everyone in the audience joined in. A rockin', rollin' time was had by all. Thanks, Caspar!
If you missed out, it's not too late to check out the
music & schedule for future shows. "Here I Am" is also available for $10 at Alphabet Soup Children's Books.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Caspar Babypants LIVE at Alphabet Soup Saturday May 16th at 1:00 p.m.!

Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America) will be performing LIVE at Alphabet Soup on May 16th at 1:00 p.m. Caspar will be singing catchy tunes from his debut release, Here I Am! Fun for everyone. See you there!