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Happy Birthday Mercer Mayer! + Little Critter Book Giveaway (US) Ends 1/12/13

I loved books from an early age and am passing that love on to my own children.  There are so many stories from my childhood that I’m trying to share with Rissa.  Some of the books are hard to find nowadays.  One series my husband and I both enjoyed growing up was Little Critter.  Those tales were always from the first person point of view of Little Critter, perfectly capturing the thoughts and feelings of a little kid.  They were definitely relatable yet entertaining.

Did you know….

  • He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 30, 1943.
  • He’s written and illustrated over 300 children’s books.
  • His most famous character appeared in his 1975 book, Just For You.
  • Two of the main character’s favorite pets are a grasshopper and a spider.
  • He’s going to be 69 this year so that means next year is the BIG 70, so we need to start planning a BIG celebration.

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Happy Birthday to you, Mercer Mayer!

Throughout his formidable career, Mercer Mayer has published over 300 books using a wide range of illustrative styles, although he is probably best known for his Little Critter® and Little Monster series of books. When Mayer drew from his own childhood experiences in creating stories, he struck a chord with children and parents alike.

“Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid,” says Mercer. “Now that I’m a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children and grandchildren. They always remind me of what it is like to be little.”

While physical books are still ideal for little ones, having access to digital books is great when on the go to keep kids occupied.  I know my tech savvy toddler can amuse herself for hours on Daddy’s phone or tablet.  Well, Little Critter fans, get ready to add a new one to your mobile device!

Available in late January 2013, Silver Dolphin Book’s Little Critter: The Trip app invites young children to learn along with Little Critter and the other familiar characters who will reinforce their ability to resolve the practical, down-to-earth, family-based situations typically presented in Mayer’s book series. Offering a balance of fun games and learning activities, the Little Critter app emphasizes basic pre-school and early elementary curriculum (numbers, shapes, colors, patterns, letters, simple words, map reading).

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In Little Critter: The Trip, you will be able to take an action-packed car trip with Little Critter, Little Sister, Mom and Dad in which everything imaginable happens—literally—from A to Z, in this fun-filled interactive app! “is for bad” when the “is for tire” goes flat! And “is for lost” when where did the “is for road” go? Little Critters’ trip is full of humorous ups and downs like the actual road they’re following! It’s up to you and Little Critter to help find the way, fix the car when it breaks down, and play lots of fun “is for games” with Little Sister to pass the time! Kids learn along with Little Critter as, true to his nature, he cheers you on to scale new heights!

I’m happy to share that The Trip will be available for iPhones, iPads and on Android.  Too many great children’s books apps are not available for my phone so I’m happy to see that virtually everyone should be able to get this one!

Visit the Silver Dolphin Books blog where they will post new information about the upcoming app, including details of a fun contest coming in January 2013 and sign up for their newsletter!  Also connect with @SilverDolphin on Twitter and on the Silver Dolphin Books Facebook page.


One lucky US reader will win a Mercer Mayer autographed copy of LITTLE CRITTER’S SNOWBALL SOUP, a “My First I Can Read” book for readers ages 4 and up (paperback). A fun winter-themed book that ties so well into this festive time of year—join Little Critter, Little Sister, and Dog as they make their new friend the snowman a tasty treat—Snowball soup!

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Disclosure: I’ll be receiving an autographed copy of a book for helping to share this information.

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  1. Dee December 29, 2012 Reply

    my favorite childhood books that I clearly remember were the Mrs. Pigglewiggle books and Anne of Green Gables series of books…rea72081

  2. Jennifer Rogers December 30, 2012 Reply

    Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham!

  3. Kathy S December 30, 2012 Reply

    If you give a mouse a cookie…

  4. amyc December 30, 2012 Reply

    Charlotte’s Web is my favorite book from my childhood.

  5. Debbie Clauer December 30, 2012 Reply

    Woody Woodpecker & the Popcorn Factory

  6. Yesenia December 30, 2012 Reply

    My favorite childhood book that I clearly remember reading over and over again was Heidi.

  7. Seyma Shabbir December 30, 2012 Reply

    3 little pigs, and my kids love 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed

  8. Linda White December 30, 2012 Reply

    Little Bear

  9. Marissa M December 30, 2012 Reply

    Goodnight Moon!

  10. anne perry December 30, 2012 Reply

    Are yo my mother?? Dr. SUESS

  11. Elaine Lund December 30, 2012 Reply

    My favorite childhood book was Charlotte’s Web

  12. Lizzy December 30, 2012 Reply

    I used to love reading the Babysitters Club

    • Darcy December 30, 2012 Reply

      Me too! I had over 80 books I think :)DarcyZalewski

  13. Janet W. December 30, 2012 Reply

    My favorite of all time was Charlotte’s Web!

  14. Susan Hartman December 30, 2012 Reply

    Green eggs and ham

  15. Stephanie Larison December 30, 2012 Reply

    I used to read those Baby Sitters Little Sister books with Karen…used to love them!

  16. Michelle C December 30, 2012 Reply

    Are You My Mother. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  17. Maryann December 31, 2012 Reply

    Goodnight Moon

  18. Brittany December 31, 2012 Reply

    The First of Octember!

  19. Vivian Sun January 1, 2013 Reply

    Anne of Green Gables

  20. Christine January 2, 2013 Reply

    My favorite childhood book was Charlotte’s Web.
    Thanks for the chance!

  21. When I was really young, I loved the Velveteen Rabbit and ALL the Little Critter books (my Mom collected them for me). When I got older I loved Anne of Green Gables (I’ve visited the house in Canada), Charlotte’s Web, and the Babysitter’s Club books (I had them all!).
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  22. molli vandehey January 2, 2013 Reply

    little women… first chapter book i read.

  23. Adrienne January 4, 2013 Reply

    If you give a mouse a cookie

  24. Richie Cooper January 5, 2013 Reply

    Stone Soup
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  25. Les Johnson January 7, 2013 Reply

    I liked Where the Wild Things Are.

  26. diane Baum January 8, 2013 Reply

    I loved the Anne of Green Gables series

  27. polly January 8, 2013 Reply

    i loved the golden book the pokey little puppy

  28. kathy pease January 10, 2013 Reply

    I always loved charlottes web

  29. Alison Wood January 11, 2013 Reply

    I was a big fan of Curious George and then Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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  30. Sarah January 11, 2013 Reply

    Any Dr. Seuss!

  31. Missy L January 11, 2013 Reply

    That is one I’ve never thought about before! I’ll Love You Forever made a lasting impression on me.

  32. Ed Nemmers January 11, 2013 Reply

    “The Polar Express”!

  33. Paula Tavernie January 11, 2013 Reply

    Stone Soup!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  34. Julie Jones January 11, 2013 Reply

    Berstein bears booksBrebysmommie

  35. Deborah Grant January 11, 2013 Reply

    My favorite childhood bood is Poker Little Puppy.

  36. Samii Meyer January 12, 2013 Reply

    Corduroy was my favoritesamiialexxis

  37. barb hunt January 12, 2013 Reply

    “Charlotte’s Web” Thanks for the contest!

  38. Charlene Shaver January 12, 2013 Reply

    The Cat In The Hat was my fave :)

  39. Jill Myrick January 12, 2013 Reply

    My favorite has always been The Velveteen Rabbit.


  40. Heather January 12, 2013 Reply

    The Rand McNally book of Favorite Bedtime Stories. I still have it & read it to my children.

  41. Lisa L January 12, 2013 Reply

    I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon

  42. Rochel S January 12, 2013 Reply

    I love Corduroy!

  43. Leah Shumack January 12, 2013 Reply

    I used to read the boxcar children and babysitters club all the time!

  44. trixx January 12, 2013 Reply

    Madeline was always my favorite!

  45. Judy Gregory January 12, 2013 Reply

    black beauty

  46. Candie L January 12, 2013 Reply

    I have always loved Where the Wild Things are. Thank you

  47. Gianna January 12, 2013 Reply

    Calvin & Hobbes.

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