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Snake Eyes: the Silent issue

by Tim Burdick on 31 May, 2020

G. I joe has always been Snake eyes, Snake eyes, Snakes eyes.

A faceless, bad ass soldier who didn't talk,  and whose face you never get to see. A mysterious warrior usually doing the impossible. I loved it.

My first love of childhood

by Tim Burdick on 24 May, 2020

I once asked a young student what he wanted to read about in my blog and he said, "Tell me what you loved to do as a kid."

Of course, the answer was, and still is, reading comics.

Dying to Read: Locke and Key

by Tim Burdick on 10 May, 2020

The questions are endless about Joe Hill's mysterious, dark story about the Locke family and their house in volume 4 of this graphic novel series.

What I have read: Tick-Tock

by Tim Burdick on 03 May, 2020


John Bellair's The House with a clock in its Walls returns

What I am reading now

by Tim Burdick on 26 April, 2020

True, I read A Tale of Two Cities many many many years ago in high school. But, you still can't deny the power of those opening lines, "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times" especially in the middle of a global pandemia.

New Year Book

by Tim Burdick on 01 February, 2020

A collection of my reading highlights from 2019. Enjoy.

Thanksgiving Books

by Tim Burdick on 28 November, 2019

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for having read the following books:

Halloween Poem by David Shoemaker

by Tim Burdick on 31 October, 2019

Along a winding wooded road

Beneath the full moon’s light

A tinker drives his loaded cart

Hours into the night.

The Ghost of Count Otto and the Pumpkin Wizard

by Tim Burdick on 02 September, 2019

The Ghost of Count Otto and the Pumpkin Wizard is on sale now!

 

Here is the direct link to book on the web:
 
Google playstore link to the app : 
 
Applestore link to the app:

My Summer Book: The Beasts of Clawstone Castle

by Tim Burdick on 05 July, 2019

Why I chose Eva Ibbotson's book

Smile!

by Tim Burdick on 30 June, 2019

This graphic novel has

Eva Who?

by Tim Burdick on 28 May, 2019

“Eva Ibbotson.”

“Who?”

“Yeah, I had the same reaction. When I heard her name for the first time.”

What I’ve learned:

Illustrate this!

by Tim Burdick on 10 February, 2019

The Greatest Fear: Your publisher has sent the new artwork for your book. The first glimpse is the hardest. You don't know what to expect. You are nervous. Did they capture the essence of your characters?

International Reader #5

by Tim Burdick on 27 December, 2018

Italy is Pizza, Pisa, Da Vinci, snowy mountains, gellato, hot beaches, strong coffee, tasty wine, beautiful views of picture postcard valleys, and a celebration on the football pitch waiting to happen.

But, what about their children?

International Reader #4

by Tim Burdick on 01 December, 2018

Serbia is

Halloween Greetings!

by Tim Burdick on 31 October, 2018

Hope your nighttime reading sends chills down your spine.

Passion vs. Polish

by Tim Burdick on 30 September, 2018

I wrote out a draft of a new picture book. I was was quite happy because I don't nail an idea in the initial draft. I waited a day or two and then I re-read it. Instantly, the story's flaws jumped off the page at me. So, I re-wrote a new version which addressed all these issues. In the end, I felt I had written a better story.

Summer Book Review

by Tim Burdick on 28 August, 2018

J.C Hine's Goblin Quest series plays with traditional fantasy character roles.  The story's main character/anti-hero is Ig, a goblin who is bullied by his fellow goblins.  While on patrol, he is captured and dragged along on a quest to retrieve an ancient artefact. It is no surprise that he is even despised by the group: two princes, a dwark and an elf. 

As they journey through the dark tunnels deep beneath the earth, nasty surprises await them around every corner.

 Enjoy this enticing read.

 

My Favourite Book Cover

by Tim Burdick on 14 August, 2018

This subtle blue background and shading give off the feeling of a dark nighttime world.
A scared girl is climbing stairs. Gears and Cogs surround her. Why is she there? What will happen to her? These questions make me want to tear open the book.

My Favourite Children's Book

by Tim Burdick on 07 August, 2018

A classic book which never gets old. No matter how many times I read it. 

My Summer Reading Choices

by Tim Burdick on 31 May, 2018

What should I read next?

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

A Prince without A Kingdom by Timothée de Fombelle

The Boggart by Susan Cooper

The Misifits by James Howe

Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

What's a chapter book?

by Tim Burdick on 24 March, 2018

Recently, an editor suggested one of my stories could make a good chapter book and recommended Kate Dicamillo's books as a good model.

I have never written in this genre so I read Dicamillo’s Mercy Watson.

This is what I learned:

Hi Tim.

by Tim Burdick on 04 February, 2018

Hi Tim.
My favorite book is Rapunzel, because she has long golden hair and also there was a witch and at the end Rapunzel married the prince.

Once Upon a Ukrainian

by Tim Burdick on 31 October, 2017

International Reader #3

Sandwiched between Old Europe and Russia, Ukraine has its own version of Pinocchio to tell.
The Golden Key or The Buratino Stories from O. M. Tolstoy.

International Reader #2

by Tim Burdick on 02 October, 2017

American kids love their books for story time or on their own.
Here is a list of readers and their favourites.

International Reader #1

by Tim Burdick on 09 August, 2017

Parents and children from around the world share their favorite books.

Hope you find a new title, a new author and, of course, amazing stories to read day or night, at the beach or in bed. Enjoy and keep reading.

 

New Summer Poems

by Tim Burdick on 18 June, 2017

Here are new words to stimulate your imagination.

Making MORE mistakes

by Tim Burdick on 07 May, 2017


You can read your story umpteen gajillion times and still you will find mistakes: A missing period. A questionable article. A line of stitled dialogue.

As I have been working with an editor, I realized, there is always something to improve in a story.

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