Adventures with Annabelle and Maisie by Julie Wenzlick Book Tour and Giveaway :)
Julie Wenzlick is a retired English teacher who loves to rhyme. She began writing poems and stories in second grade, and she loves to share her books with elementary students in hopes of inspiring them to write their own stories. Three of her books were inspired by her granddaughters Annabelle and Maisie. She often gets the question from her young audiences, "Did this REALLY happen?" Her book "The Day Annabelle was Bitten by a Doodlebug" was chosen as Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Children's Book category for 2017. Julie, who also writes songs to go with her books, produced her original full-length musical comedy "Singles File," in the early 90s at three venues. You can find out more about her at juliewenzlick.com
RHYME AND REASON Guest Post by Julie Wenzlick
I have been inspired to rhyme since I was very young—and I still enjoy it! I always loved the rhythm of Dr. Seuss books and other rhyming tales, so I began writing poetry very early on. My mom encouraged me to write stories and poems, and she sent them around to various children’s magazines. I won some little contests with my poetry—one of the prizes was a baseball bat! Whenever any friends or family member needed a verse for a special occasion, I was their go-to poet, armed with a precious rhyming dictionary given to me by my dad in 1962! I still find that particular dictionary to be the best rhyming dictionary I have come across. Armed with my blue dictionary, I wrote many poems throughout elementary school. One of those poems later became one of my published books: One Hungry Dragon. Though the plot changed a bit and the meter is now more perfect, I still credit my fourth-grade self for the idea. Later, in a 7th grade creative writing class (1967 to be exact), I penned a rhymed story about Santa being put on a diet on Christmas Eve after Mrs. Claus noted he was bursting out of his red velvet suit. I drew my own illustrations, but unfortunately I never developed into a talented artist! I enjoy showing my young audiences the original version of Santa’s Dilemma: To Eat or
Not to Eat. I encourage kids to keep a list of ideas and to save ALL of their writing
assignments. You never know what ideas might come in handy over 50 years later!
It’s never too EARLY to start writing and certainly NEVER TOO LATE!