Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Greetings From Nowhere Challenge

For those of you who stop by regularly, you know I'm a huge fan of Barbara O'Connor! Her book, How to Steal a Dog was wonderful, and then this year, her Greetings from Nowhere was published. It is an amazing book!

In case you missed my history with this book, check out my initial post about Greetings From Nowhere, and the post I wrote most recently, sharing my kids' reactions to the book in its entirety.

I'm not alone in loving this book. Mary Lee (A Year of Reading), Megan (Read, Read, Read), and Franki (A Year of Reading) have all written great things about this book, also.

All this got me to thinking (which can be dangerous, sometimes). What if, we, bloggers in the kidlitosphere, start collecting all that we can about Greetings From Nowhere, and put it all in one place where we could tap into it as a resource?? I'm talking reviews, posts about how children you know, or work with, interacted with this book, posts about reading this aloud to children, posts about children's book clubs who read Greetings From Nowhere, and much, much more.

So, here's my challenge to all of you:
If you have had interaction with, or a response to, Greetings from Nowhere (with or without kids), respond in our comments, and tell what your experience with this book was like. If you have actually blogged about it, please put a link in the comments section as well.
And since How to Steal a Dog is another fan favorite, feel free to share any experiences with that book as well.

Challenge to me:
I will collect all your contributions, and in about 3 week's time (read that as time for our summer vacation!), I will take all your comments and ideas, and create a box on the right side of our blog to store all of the wonderful insights, interactions, and information you can give about Greetings from Nowhere. Then, people could refer to it as a resource for their own thinking about how to share this fabulous book with children.

I'm thinking of calling it "Greetings from Nowhere -- all that and a little bit more!" However, no one ever said I was blessed with the real creative genes, so if you have a better title, please pass it along!

Just think of me as a member of the Barbara O'Connor fan club. Would you care to join?? :)


  1. I'm in! I have charts and notes from our final discussion, I just need the time to write them up! Thanks for the three week deadline!!!! (The end is in sight!!!)

  2. Here's my review of Greetings From Nowhere. It's a great little book :)

  3. Well, I'm in, but I think you've got my post there. I also have the post where there is book trailer for the book :

  4. You sparked my interest in this title and I have to say after completing it - it grabbed my reader soul. The characters just stay with you.