Monday, October 21, 2013

Bud the Spud by Adam Byrn Tritt...Review & Giveaway!

I have a children's book to tell you about today that is going to sound a little kooky.  It is, in fact, a little kooky but I can guaranty to you that is exactly why the children in your life are going to  love it.  Trust me!  Let me introduce you to Bud the Spud by Adam Byrn Tritt....

Bud was a kid, like any other kid. He liked pizza and ice cream. He liked to watch TV. But what happens when a kid (like any other kid) eats way too much junk food and watches way too much TV, and never, ever leaves the couch? You guessed it--he turns into a couch potato. Literally! You won't believe what happens to him next. . . .

In a unique feature, the book has three separate endings--three different outcomes for poor Bud--which range from the positive and uplifting to the decidedly macabre. Kids will scream and laugh and wince (it scores a 10 on the gross-out scale), while some parents may initially think the comic mayhem is too over-the-top--until they see their kids giggling and reading the book over and over.


When I first began to read this book to my kids I was taken aback...it is kind of off the wall!  However, as I read, the kids were giggling harder and harder.  By the time we had read through all three endings they were howling with laughter.  We have read this book countless times and every time they just roll with laughter and I even have trouble getting through some parts without laughing myself.  I want to point out though, that even though we are laughing, the book has opened up lots of conversation about being a couch potato.  We talk about going outside and being active and the things that can happen to your body if you have too much screen time, not to mention all the great "real life" things you miss.  I appreciate the way the author has allowed what can be a tough topic to handle with children to be light and fun without losing the important message.  As a parent I have found that often speaking to a child's silly side can allow more serious messages to sink in and it is obvious that the author  has figured this out as well!

I want to be sure to make note of the illustrations in the book by "Java John" Goldacker which are the perfect accompaniment to the story.  With a mix of bright and engaging illustrations and photographs the result is fun, quirky and exciting to see.  I have never seen anything quite like the illustrations in this book and I was extremely impressed.

I want to sign off with this review of this book which I am clearly a fan of with two things.  A picture of my gang showing which ending they prefer (3's all around from my silly crew while I am partial to number 2!).....


And lastly, a plea for you to keep the children in your life for becoming glued to the tube.  It is easy for children to get sucked into screens and they miss so many important and wonderful things.  Bud the Spud is a lighthearted book to take on a tough subject and one that I would recommend to remind children that it is far more exciting to live life than to watch somebody else live theirs on television.  Sadly, both the author and the illustrator lost their wives to cancer during production of this book.  Ten  percent of the sales price of each and every Bud the Spud will be donated to fight cancer in memory of Lee Garnick Tritt and Jennifer "Java Jenn" Goldacker.  Pick up your copy today...
 I am so pleased to tell you that one lucky reader will win a copy of Bud the Spud. Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter... a Rafflecopter giveaway

23 comments:

Daners said...

Adam was my 8th grade English teacher. The man is such a joy.

kat said...

By having a pizza/reading party

Tamar said...

I tell them not to watch TV. But I will let them use the LeapPad because it's educational. However, we try to do more pretend play or outdoor activities.

Lisa Hollinger said...

We keep the tv off most the time here tv and video games are a privilege.

Kellie Conklin said...

I encourage the kids I babysit to do crafts by bringing over different types of materials and having unplugged time for reading at the library! Thanks!

GeorgiaBeckman said...

I am pretty lucky, in that my grandchildren don't really watch too much tv. They'd much rather play a board game or play outside.

janetfaye said...

I read and play board games with my grand kids or we go to the park to play.


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sweepmom said...

We like to take our kids hiking or bike riding.

Heather D. said...

I try to keep kids involved in activities that they are interested in. Variety helps. I like to incorporate everything from art to storytelling to independent reading to soccer.

Jeanette LeMarr said...

we bake together, read together, do devotionals together, play twister and scrabble together.

OmahaCouponClipper said...

My 12 year old is in swim and my 2 year old loves to do anything so we dont need to watch tv to be entertained.

Holly said...

Crafts and Geocaching!

It's Me De said...

setting a better, healthy example by staying active and fit!

Jayme said...

We set a limit on tv/videogame times, play outside, read books, bake, etc.

Danalee said...

outdoor play and activities.

Danielle Lima said...

On the weekends, we like to do day trips.

Sindy Murray said...

they have extra activities after school, chores and play outside at least for 30min.

missy schutz said...

We get outside!! On the boat,in the yard.

daddywaddyweeviews said...

go for walks, play sports, go to amusement parks, other parks, etc.

helpful heather said...

ugplug it!

amanda randolph said...

We take my lil guy on lots of walks.

blew415 said...

We always play outside with nieces

tina reynolds said...

we love exploring geocaching, hiking, games anything we can do together and laugh