Compelling Reasons Why This Book Should Be in Your School Library


Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore Book Cover

Put Me In, Coach!

Children’s rhyming picture book, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, tells the adventurous story of Sam, a tenacious land and sea fiddler crab who finds himself on the sandy shores of an idyllic island named Corte Magore. He wants to stay there and live there forever, but he’ll have to overcome obstacles to accomplish his dream. This book teaches children about courage and tenacity – to stand up to bullying and to fight for what they believe in, while also teaching them the importance of dreaming. Sam’s story is told in one big epic poem. This book is geared towards children ages 4-7, although all young children seem to enjoy it. Here’s why: 

The book is written in rhyme. Rhyming verse aids in early-development learning and recall. The British Council writes about teaching children English:

“…playing with the short texts of rhymes, children explore the mechanics of the English language. They find out how language works and become familiar with the relationship between the 44 sounds of English and the 26 alphabet letters – information which helps them when they begin reading to decode the sounds that make up words. The value of this type of language-play with rhymes in early learning is both underestimated and undervalued.”

The book utilizes many different poetic devices – typically difficult to teach children –such as alliteration, point-of-view, stanza, meter, repetition, assonance, personification, and my personal favorite, onomatopoeia. Poetic devices are used to take the reader to a different time or place and helps with imagery. Education Portal says:

“Poetry can follow a strict structure, or none at all, but many different types of poems use poetic devices. Poetic devices are tools that a poet can use to create rhythm, enhance a poem’s meaning, or intensify a mood or feeling. These devices help piece the poem together, much like a hammer and nails join planks of wood together.” 

Books Written in Prose May Be a Dying Art. Authors like Seuss and Silverstein paved the way for poetry in children’s literature, yet it’s hard to find new children’s books today written in prose. Carol Hurst intimates why it’s best to not let this great art die in the following excerpt taken from Hurst’s article on the website:

“…along came Shel Silverstein. He wrote poems about picking your nose and selling your baby sister and adults (some of them) winced and kids guffawed and kids’ poetry was changed forever. Now we’ve got the gamut of emotions and subjects in kid’s poetry. Poetry, of course, be it for child or adult (and the distinction is not always clear) is very much a matter of perception. Poems speak to the individual, even more than stories do, and some are not speaking to you — at least not right now. The rules of poetry selection are the same as for the selection of any kind of literary material that you’re going to use with your kids. It must speak to you as the living breathing adult you are before you can help it speak to kids. If it’s supposed to be funny, it should make you laugh or at least smile. If it’s supposed to be sad, it should choke you up a bit. If it’s a description of a thing or a feeling, it should help you see it or feel it in a new way. So, which of all the books of poetry will you choose for your classroom? Every one you can afford.”

Erin Koehler writes, “The more picture books I read, I start to notice the ones that catch my interest the most, and the ones I end up re-reading several times in a row, are the ones that feel the most poetic. By that I mean that even though the language may appear to be “simple” the language is actually rich in complex diction, syntax, and imagery–not to mention attention to rhythm, sounds, and pacing. Sound familiar? Like a poem maybe?”

Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore is published in more formats than the average book. In addition to hardcover, softcover, an audio version, and a soon published Spanish translation (being published for the Finding Corte Magore project) did you know this literary gem is also available in a picture book app available exclusively for the iPad? The iPad version, for all you tech-based schools, boasts interactivity, professional narration, full animation and an original musical score produced by Nashville singer and songwriter, Robby Armstrong. (Hint: Sam is a “fiddler” crab.)

Finally, have you ever heard of SpongeBob SquarePants? Of course you have! Kids love sea creatures! What we all admire most about the television series are the unique characters, setting and bold use of color. When one of my good friends told me her brother, a Storyboard Director for SpongeBob SquarePants would be interested in working on the book, I knew I had found the right art director. “Mr. Lawrence” -who incidentally is also the voice of Plankton, then brought in his colleague, another SpongeBob storyboard director, Marc Ceccarelli, to produce the original character art and many of the final illustrations.

So, as promised, these are succinct, definitive reasons why this book should be in a school or public library, despite my newbie authorness and utter lack of literary famelessness (I’m a writer, I get to make-up words.)

As always, thanks for the ear!

Tonia Allen Gould, Author

Click here to Order Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore on Amazon.

Baby Steps on Marketing a Children’s Book


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Hi everyone! There’s great news developing on my book and I wanted to share much of it with you. Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore just got a 5-Star Video Review at Give Me Apps where also the reviewer mentions the great functionality and the collaborative efforts that went into the book. At one point in the review, he describes the animation as “something that almost looks like a Hollywood movie!” Here’s their Blog Review as well. Right after the review, Best Preschool Books, put Sam on their list! That’s some really great news and hopefully will continue to help me reach my target demographic, children ages 4-8.

In week two of the book’s release, the book made it to the 2nd Best App in the App of the Week Contest at iHeartThisApp. This is a parent/teacher/peer voting opportunity and you can help by voting anytime for the book by clicking the link above. Sam also reached the Top 100 Books in the App Store list for iPad, which in my elated and humble opinion is a major feat, given the legions of books out there! Today we are #100! Oh what it would be like to reach #1!

Aristo Media, the publicity agency who represents Robby Armstrong, the Nashville star who wrote and produced the book’s original Americana-style musical score, pressed news about Robby’s involvement with Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore. That press release went out to all country radio news outlets, and the release has cropped up all over the web. It was pretty neat to see Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore mentioned on a CMT site! Country Pulse also wrote up a nice story called, “Catch a Rising Star,” about Robby and mentioned his collaboration on my book.

Further, I was interviewed in this great article at iMedia about technology use for children, and have also enjoyed being on various talk radio programs throughout the country. I really enjoyed this particular radio interview on Tots and Technology on IMI Tech Talk with Tom D’Auria. (Move ahead to about the twelve-minute mark to bypass all the tech news at the start of the show.) I am in the process of putting all my radio interviews up on SoundCloud, so stay tuned for links to all of those. This interview with Derrell Connor on 620 WTMJ Wisconsin Talks was another one of my favorites, if you haven’t heard it yet. I’ve guest-appeared on stations in Indiana, Wisconsin, California, Kansas, New York and even Canada, working to get the word out about the book.

I’m just now getting exposure in the blogging community, and will be introducing myself to “Mommy Bloggers” next. If you know any mommy bloggers who would be interested in writing a review about the book, I’d love to hear from you. One blogger, GONGLESHANKS, who is part of a huge artist community and company called Grimnian Promotions, recently made me their featured artist!

This week, I will be writing a bi-line article for Today’s Parent, on any parenting topic of my choosing. Today’s Parent boasts a readership of over 100,000 site visitors a month, and the article will include a blurb about me and the book.

Finally, this month, I will head to Philadelphia for a live presentation at the Central Library where I’ll also be interviewed live by Al Butler at WURD. I’m honored to have a library event in the fourth biggest media market in the country, with a reputable urban broadcaster interviewing me on site. I’m also in the throes of getting scheduled to speak at an elementary school that has recently moved to an iPad only curriculum, and really do hope to start working with children on writing and going after their dreams!

As you can see, we have lots of great things in the works. Writing a book is one thing. Getting it published is another. Marketing a book is still another. I can honestly say– it’s all hard work! Thanks for continuing to help me get the word out about Sam. It means a lot to me, and we all know it takes a community to raise a children’s book author and I still have a lot of work ahead of me! In all seriousness though, we’re not doing too shabbily for just two months of marketing and publicity!

P.S. If you don’t have an iPad, and want to hear the book, you can download the full narrated book with music here. Thanks again for all of your love, kindness and support!

P.S.S. Thank you for indulging me in some of these bragging rights. It’s these big and small accomplishments that get the media’s attention, which will help me market the book, but more importantly, it’s the word-of-mouth contributions that you are all making that is helping me immensely. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Tonia Allen Gould

Giving Proper Credit Where Credit is Due with Some SpongeBob Crew and Who Knows Who?


Scene 1 Final Illustration by Marc Ceccarelli.
Scene 1 Final Illustration by Marc Ceccarelli.

I failed to give proper credit where credit is due! “Mr. Lawrence” (incidentally, also the voice of Plankton), and Storyboard Director for SpongeBob SquarePants, creatively directed many of the Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore Illustrations in cooperation with Marc Ceccarelli, also a SpongeBob SquarePants StoryBoard Director, who mastered most of the final illustrations. Michelle Fandrey, from Skies America Publishing, also contributed to the illustrations. I had failed to mention Ceccarelli leading up to this point, but without him, this story couldn’t have come to life. Dmitriy Toloknov performed all the illustrations seamlessly working with Mr. Lawrence’s, Marc Ceccarelli’s, and Fandrey’s illustrations.

And, while I’m at it; let’s not forget the book was narrated by two-time Marconi Award nominee, and a top radio personality, broadcaster, and voice-over in the country, Mr. Steve McCoy, who lent his charming voice to the project. In addition to narrating Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, McCoy has voiced the narration for a children’s book app for Dream Works “Rise of the Guardians,” and legions of other high-profile works.

Country artist Robby Armstrong wrote and produced the Americana-style musical score for the children’s eBook/app, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore (Skies America Publishing, 2013), which is now available on iTunes. One of my favorite people of all time, Emily Kilimnik (violinist/fiddler), put the finishing touches on the story with her exceptional fiddle playing for the app–because no self-respecting fiddler crab on Corte Magore can be seen and heard without his fiddle and his bow! Kilimnik was working in conjunction with Armstrong on the project, and Armstrong can also can be heard on the guitar. The release of the professional narrated and musical eBook/App coincides with Armstrong’s single release, “Rodeo,” which is currently at Country radio. Written by Armstrong and Darrell Brown, the toe-tapping track is Robby’s first single from his forthcoming 2013 full-length album, which is additionally produced by Brown (LeAnn Rimes, Ty Herndon, Radney Foster). Robby has three songs, including “Rodeo” in the major motion picture, Gambit (featuring Cameron Diaz, Colin Firth), wherein he and his band make a cameo appearance. The songs are also on the official soundtrack. Additionally, “Rodeo” is featured in The Sims video game and has been heard at Angels’ stadium as the Los Angeles Angels’ rally song. The dance remix for the song is circulating through line dance clubs across the country. Robby’s “Rodeo” video was also selected for pre-race entertainment for the upcoming Indy 500. For more information, visit http://www.RobbyArmstrong.net and on Facebook and Twitter.

Many, many special thanks to Jacqueline Merrill, Creative Director at Skies America publishing, for all of her important contributions to the story once it entered the animation stage.

A children’s book written by Tonia Allen Gould (moi), the story is of a tenacious land and sea fiddler crab that will stop at nothing to build and save his home from his rival. Complete with a fiddle and his bow, Samuel T. Moore marches forward with his mission, even though he is met with adversary while onlookers and naysayers mock him in disbelief. The book teaches children about courage and tenacity, to stand up and fight for what they believe in.

Yes, little old me produced, authored and hand-picked the celebrity talent to make this eBook/app an engaging experience for children ages four to eight years old, and only for the mere price of $4.99! Please buy Samuel T. Moore here!

Kids With the App and The Crab Dance, Too!


If you’ve downloaded the app and your kids are so inspired, send me a video clip of them doing their crab dance with the pincer hands for a future Sam’s Crab Dance compilation.

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Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore

By Tonia Allen Gould

 

CHILDREN’S eBOOK PROMOTES DREAMING & DEDICATION

–Determined Cartoon Crab Sets Out to Build Himself a Home

             Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore (Skies America Publishing, 2013) by children’s author Tonia Allen Gould tells the story of Sam, a small cartoon land and sea fiddler crab (complete with a fiddle and a bow) that finds himself on the sandy shores of an idyllic island named Corte Magore. When he arrives at Corte Magore, Sam decides he wants to make this place his permanent home, but he realizes he will have to build himself a shelter from the rising tides that could take him and his fiddle and bow back out to sea. He must work diligently – and ignore mocking from hermit crabs and seagulls and beat the clock on his arch nemesis, The Great Tidal Wave – if he wants to stay.

            Gould’s daughter, now a sophomore in college, was just two years old when she inspired Sam’s story. “We were taking a drive to Santa Barbara and talking about our beach day ahead, when I heard her babbling what sounded like, ‘Corte Magore, Corte Magore, Corte Magore,’ over and over again,” Gould says. “My family knows that publishing this story has been a dream since that day. I want kids to believe, mine especially, that it’s important to dream and that almost anything is possible if you’re willing to do the work.”

            As a mother, Gould knew Sam’s story would have to be unique and interactive to capture the attention of today’s children, so she decided to publish the book as an iPad app with original animation, an engaging voiceover, and upbeat Americana music. As a marketing expert, Gould was determined to assemble a powerhouse team to create a book that both children and parents would enjoy. Sam’s story is partially illustrated by “Mr. Lawrence,” an original illustrator of SpongeBob SquarePants; the musical score was written and produced by up-and-coming Nashville musician Robby Armstrong; and the book is narrated by radio personality Steve McCoy, a two-time Marconi Award Nominee.

            “I wanted Sam’s story to be an engaging and interactive process,” Gould explains. “Unfortunately, you can’t include animations, voice, and music in a conventional book. But producing the book as an iPad App allowed us to create a whole new world for little ones to enjoy.”

            The short, colorful eBook (available through the iTunes store for $4.99) explores several important themes for young readers, including:

  • ·   The concept of “building a home”
  • ·   Hard work and self-reliance
  • ·   Daring to dream of a better life
  • ·   Overcoming adversity
  • ·   Dealing with bullies and naysayers

          “I want this story to help parents start a conversation about hard work, dedication, and independence,” Gould adds. “Sam does everything himself in this book, and he doesn’t ask for help. I want children to understand that life isn’t always peaches and cream, but if you’re willing to put your nose to the grindstone and ignore bullies and naysayers, in the end, everything usually works out okay.”

Tonia Allen Gould is a wife, mother, author, marketing expert, and sought after speaker. She is the founder and CEO of Tagsource, formerly Tag! The Creative Source, an award-winning eighteen-year-old consumer promotions and marketing agency, and BRANDHUDDLE, a new marketing startup that caters to clients, suppliers, and distributors of promotional branding products.

In Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore  (Skies America Publishing, July 2013), Gould explores the concepts of perseverance, hard work, bullying, and finding a place to call home for young readers. Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore is available through the iTunes store for $4.99 and can be purchased here.

 

For more information, visit:

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Because Every Fictional Fiddler Crab Needs a Fiddle and a Bow


I had the distinct pleasure of going down to Huntington Beach to catch Robby Armstrong’s act live. You wouldn’t believe the energy Robby exudes when he’s singing and playing on the guitar. Meet Emily Kilimnik, the awesome fiddler behind the music in Robby Armstrong’s original musical score he wrote, produced and directed for Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, my children’s picture book slated to release on 7/1/13. Robby Armstrong is one very talented individual and I can’t wait for you to hear the amazing music he created for a crab trying to find a home. Click Here to Watch Talented, Emily Kilimnik, on the Fiddle