F-Bomb Bestseller is a Parody of My Book!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 06/17/11 under Blog

go-the-f-to-sleep.topThe unfortunately titled Go the **** To Sleep bestseller is a direct parody of my children’s picturebook, It’s Time to Sleep, My Love. You can’t make this stuff up.  The author refuses to admit it, but for my commentary, click here. For the Christianity Today article, click here… For the WORLD article, click here… And have you heard the gorgeous lullabye SONG written and performed by Sally Taylor — daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon??  Click here! Then click the arrow beneath Carly Simon!

Apple Pie Dream

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 08/16/09 under Blog

I’ve written a few poems over the years.   Most can be seen here… This is one of my favorites:

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Apple Pie Dream

I brought an apple pie to bed

And set it down beside my head.

And when I fell asleep that night

The apples in the pie took flight.

They sailed up to the smiling moon

Who ate them with his starry spoon.

He sprinkled them with sugar stars

And gave one to his best friend, Mars.

It’s no use taking pies to bed

Unless the moon has first been fed.

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And now… the song!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 12/17/08 under Blog
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HAVE YOU HEARD IT YET???

I’m talking about the lullabye that Sally Taylor — daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon — wrote to go along with my children’s book, It’s Time to Sleep, My Love? It’s gorgeous.

And now you can listen to it yourselves! HERE IT IS!

. When I wrote the poem/lullabye/book thirteen years ago the voice that I kept hearing in my head singing it was always that of James Taylor. Or Carly Simon. And in a way both of them are now singing the song — and with one voice! Sally Taylor’s voice and phrasing and talents clearly bring her parents to mind, as you can hear for yourself. Of course Sally’s now a mother herself — of one-year-old Bodhi! He turned one the same week as the book came out, in early October! It’s rather obvious that she’s singing the song to him…

If you’d like a copy of the book or the audio cd, you can still order both of them in time for Christmas via the book links on this site. I’m biased, but I do think it makes a great present. Nancy Tillman’s illustrations are amazing and the song is amazing and Sally Taylor’s voice is amazing and I’m just thrilled about it. Blessings to you and Merry Christmas!

SQUANTO, A True Story

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/19/08 under Blog

I’m amazed that I had the privilege to tell the story of Squanto, because so few people seem to know what really happened, and because the facts are much more amazing than any fictionalized version could possibly be. Here I am talking about it on CNN

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BUY THIS BOOK OR DESTROY THE PLANET…

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/15/08 under Blog Uncategorized

HARD CHOICES… WE ALL FACE THEM… For example, many of us are looking for the perfect bedtime book — one the kids ask for over and over, that soothes them and gets them to sleep in a jiff!

BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT GOODNIGHT MOON IS DESTROYING OUR PLANET??!!

It’s true! No one knows just why, but since the publication of Goodnight Moon in 1947, pollution around the globe has increased dramatically! Before the book’s publication, no one had even heard of the word “smog”! This children’s classic might even be responsible for “El Niño” and all of the extreme weather of the last few years. Can we afford to gamble with the planet by buying such a book??? What CAN we do?

In desperation, some have turned to other bedtime bestsellers, like Guess How Much I Love You? As IF! Hard anecdotal evidence now shows that many of that book’s most devoted readers are notorious litterbugs! (Boo!) The plastic bags and garbage one sees along highways can be so depressing! Ironically, even Nutbrown Hare wouldn’t last very long in that kind of toxic environment!

Let’s face it: parents are in a pickle. Because we now know that buying Goodnight Moon (hiss!!!) or those other books is the moral equivalent of shooting wolves and polar bears from a plane! That, my friends, is unacceptable!

BUT WAIT!! There IS a way outl! Because now there’s an Environmentally-Friendly Alternative to Goodnight Moon and all of those other irresponsible Earth-destroying publications!! I’m talking about It’s Time to Sleep, My Love — the new children’s lullabye book that’s as environmentally-friendly and lovable as a gurgling baby possum! It won’t mess with the ozone layer OR those wacky polar ice-caps! And even if somehow it does — you’ll get a full refund!

IT’S TIME TO SLEEP, MY LOVE is the Environmentally Safe lullabye book that’s putting the whole world to sleep — without poisoning the planet! It’s the green alternative that’ll make your friends green with envy! Are you ready to make your purchase and feel good about it? CLICK HERE TO SAVE THE PLANET!! HURRY!!

Don’t delay! Buy this book and send a stern message to all those reckless planet-destroying hooligans! Buy FIVE copies and tell ‘em you’ve had enough of their shabby polluting tomfoolery! This is serious! And as a way of helping to clean up the planet, Amazon.com has taken this gorgeous $17 book and SLASHED the price to $10.17! IT’S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, ISN’T IT?

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS POSSIBLE CLERICAL ERROR TODAY!!!

Yours for a cleaner planet,

Eric Metaxas, Author

Best Children’s Books Ever

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/09/08 under Blog

I’ve written about thirty children’s books and have written for VeggieTales — so you can imagine that every now and again people ask me to recommend children’s books. The little-known “Tim” books, written and illustrated by Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979) have to be among the best children’s picture books in existence, and they are the first books I would recommend to anyone, and now recommend to you. Ardizzone’s illustrations have a Victorian feel to them, as do his stories.

There are eleven “Tim” books, which Ardizzone wrote between 1936 and 1977. All of them are available here, at Amazon.com. There is so much to like about these books. There is an innocence and a wit to them that puts them at the top of my list. Ardizzone was the first winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for children’s book illustration in 1956. A terrific 1966 Maurice Sendak review of Ardizzone’s Tim and Ginger, can be read here.

I’m also a big fan of Robert McCloskey’s first book, the incredibly charming Lentil. McCloskey wrote and illustrated it in 1940,

years before his Caldecott-winner, Make Way for Ducklings or his other more popular books, like Blueberries for Sal, which I also love. McCloskey’s early-19th century American town and the characters that inhabit Lentil are a delight.

My favorite line: “There sat Old Sneep, sucking on a lemon.” SHLURP! Click here to order Lentil.

AHRK! PAFUF!

Saturday Booksigning in New Canaan, Nov. 8th!

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/07/08 under Blog Uncategorized

I’ll be signing copies of my book, It’s Time to Sleep, My Love at the Elm Street Bookshop in New Canaan, Connecticut Saturday from noon to three! Please stop by if you are local! My hometown newspaper, the Danbury News-Times, had this to say.

Good Will Hinton Interview

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 11/01/08 under Blog Media Press Video

I was all stuffed up and found it hard to think straight, and yet the extraordinary Will Hinton at times somehow made me sound almost coherent… Good Will Hinton!

Void where prohibited.

My Book’s being called “A Real Snoozer!!”

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Published by Eric Metaxas on 10/08/08 under Blog

IT’S THE LULLABYE BOOK THAT’S HELPING THE ENTIRE NATION GET THE REST IT NEEDS — WITHOUT MESSY PILLS OR POWDERS! It’s been called “a real snoozer!” by a supposed friend of mine. (I can’t tell you her real name, but her initials are Ginger Oakes — Ha!) But doggone it, the little gal’s on to something! You see, the book IS a real snoozer. I admit it! In fact, it’s been putting people to sleep in droves all across the country! But now that the word is out — thanks, Ginger! — I might as well let you in on a little secret: the powerfully soporific effect of the book is entirely intentional! That’s right. It’s actually supposed to have that loopy “Sandman” effect! And that’s not JUST because it’s a lullabye!

Nope. You see, the sleeping-bug that’s biting young and old alike who encounter this book is mostly due to a revolution in printing technology! Coloured inks that contain the legal limit of two ppm tryptophan (that’s the stuff in turkeys that puts you to sleep after the big meal every Thanksgiving!) are being cannily employed to create a children’s book that’s knocking folks out left and right! In fact, the very paper upon which this dreamy lullabye is printed are themselves first soaked in a trytophan-heavy solution! (Don’t tell the Feds, because that part really IS illegal). It’s kooky!

The result is the aforementioned “super-snoozer” effect that my friend was referring to! So did you sleep at all last night? If you did, chances are you passed by one of these books and didn’t even know it. Yup, it’s that powerful! We’ve already been getting reports that people are falling asleep in the aisles of some Barnes&Noble stores! (Shhh… don’t wake ‘em up… just tell a store manager and tip-toe away…) In fact, we can’t confirm it yet, but we are hearing anecdotal evidence that fully one-hundred percent of the people who read any part of the book — even the title on the cover from a distance! — are falling asleep within twenty-four hours of reading it. Them’s real results, folks! And we had to tell you!

So if you want a book that’s a “real snoozer!” – thanks, Ginger! Don’t worry, I’ll get you back eventually — and that’s guaranteed to put the kiddies — and non-kiddies — to sleep within twenty-four hours or your money back, may we suggest you look no further? May we also suggest you look no farther? May we additionally suggest you buy one for your father?!?

Yes, it’s the dreamy lullabye book that’s guaranteed to transport its readers to the happy land of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod — even if they don’t wanna go!

Get your copy today and like, Snooze, baby, Snooze!

Yours for better sleeping habits,

Eric Metaxas, Author

p.s. HOLY SNOOZEBAR! JUST LOOK AT THESE RESULTS!!! THESE ARE REAL PHOTOS!!!