Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Trailer - BOOM BOOM

The summer has passed and I've made another book trailer.  This preschool picture book is called BOOM BOOM. It was written by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine.

The book blurb from the publisher, Beach Lane Books:  "Join a group of toddlers at their preschool as they make new friends and together discover the joys of all the seasons.

"In this nearly wordless picture book illustrated by Caldecott Honor medalist Margaret Chodos-Irvine, a group of nine toddlers at preschool make new friends and enjoy the pleasures and excitements of spring, summer, fall, and winter together—including the adventure of a scary-loud thunderstorm."

And now for the video trailer.... BOOM BOOM

Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven..."

Friday, August 15, 2014

Book Trailer - I HATCHED

After a short summer break and hosting a writer's retreat, I am back to writing/revising, making book trailers and video book reports, and homeschooling my daughter. Well, I'm also helping with canning fruits and vegetables and other farm work as well.

Today, I finished a book trailer for I HATCHED written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Jen Corace.

You can view it at my YouTube channel here: YouTube I HATCHED book trailer

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Psalm 24:1-2 "The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it:; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters."

Thursday, July 10, 2014

County Fair July 2014

This week is my daughter's first year competing at the 4-H county fair.
Here she is in the shooting competition .22 rifle...
 Getting her blue ribbon
Here is her "Shooting Safety Notebook" for the Art Hall.

 Here is the Hello Kitty cake she made for the cake decorating category. I helped her condition the fondant, but she made everything. (All the figurines we've made with clay over the last year was good practice for her.)
She designed this robin on her own :)

 Here she is with her cake in the art hall - blue ribbon.

Here is her Katahdin Hair Sheep poster for the art hall.
It received a blue ribbon, a best in class ribbon, and was selected to go to the state fair.

Goofy smile :)

Washing her ewe lamb before showing her.
She received a blue ribbon and best in class (she was the only Katahdin ewe).

Competing for Reserve Champion Ewe (2nd place) out of all ewes shown. Center girl with dark green shirt.
Competing for Sportsmanship (this was at the end of a loooong day. She was pretty tuckered by now.) I didn't mind at all that she didn't win this part --- but I was very pleased with her conduct throughout all the competitions. She was helpful to others - and others were very helpful to her! She also did her best in whatever she was doing all week.
Reserve Champion Ewe - "Cuddles" with plaque and ribbon.
Last summer, we bought our Katahdin ewes and ram from Steven & Melissa Bull of Red Barn Katahdin Farms in Iowa. Their web page is:  www.redbarnkatahdins.com

Here she is showing her market lamb, "Leroy," for the auction. She was not happy to sell him but she kept her composure. He had a rate of gain of .6774193 which earned him a blue ribbon.

1 COR 10:31 "...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

KLM's Book Review Episode #4

This week, KLM reviews the 2014 picture book I AM COW, HEAR ME MOO! It is written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Gus Gordon. It is published by Dial Books for Young Readers.

Find the video on YouTube here:  KLM's Book Reviews Episode #4.

Behind the scenes:  We videoed our cows and got them to "moo" so we could use the audio in this book review!  It's pretty funny. 

Here is Jill's website:  JillEsbaum
If you don't have a local book store, here's the link to buy I AM COW, HEAR ME MOO!

2 Tim 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

Saturday, June 21, 2014

KLM's Book Reviews - Episode #3

Today, KLM reviewed the chapter book: HUNT FOR THE DEVIL'S DRAGON written by Marianne Hering and Wayne Thomas Batson.  It is part of the Imagination Station series.

Here's the link to the video:  HUNT FOR THE DEVIL'S DRAGON.

I videoed her a little too far back this time and since I also videoed the next episode, it will be too far back too. Live and learn!

Rev. 12:7-8 "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven."

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Well, today I figured out that I was uploading my videos to the wrong YouTube channel.

Don't ask me why I have two channels... I don't remember!  There was probably a valid reason, but I want to use the one with the same name as my website.

Soooo, I've added the videos I've posted recently to the "right" channel.  If you have the time or inclination, I would appreciate you subscribing to my channel!

Here it is:  https://www.youtube.com/user/patriciamillerbooks

I have three videos I'm working on. Hopefully I'll be able to post at least one of them tomorrow.

Psalm 103:1 "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." KJV

Monday, June 9, 2014

KLM's Book Review Episode #2

Today, my daughter and I made another YouTube video of "KLM's Book Review at Pilcrow Place - Episode #2."

This time, it includes the reviews of four picture books. Two are from Jill Esbaum: I HATCHED, illustrated by Jen Corace and TOM'S TWEET, illustrated by Dan Santat.

The next book is NO MONKEYS, NO CHOCOLATE by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young, illustrated by Nicole Wong.

Last, but not least, THOSE REBELS, JOHN & TOM by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham.

Click here to view the video: KLM's Book Review at Pilcrow Place - Episode #2.

And, please subscribe to my YouTube channel if you are interested in being automatically notified when we post the next book review(s)!

1 Cor 13:4-7  "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." ESV

Monday, June 2, 2014

KLM's Book Reviews at Pilcrow Place

Last week, I told my daughter she would have to read every day and do at least one book report per week. She just finished *The Redcoats are Coming* by Marianne Hering and Nancy I. Sanders.

Today, we made a video of her book report. I edited it just a bit (places she repeated herself). We will post book reviews as we do them. I think her next one will be of 3 or 4 picture books in one review.
::::KLM made her own *microphone* using paper and duck tape :)

Here's the link to the video on YouTube:  KLM's Book Review of The Redcoats are Coming

And here's a link to the book on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1kyrQij

Teaching a child to read opens up new worlds.
Proverbs 22:6  "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Another Writer's Game

My other critique partner had a birthday recently. So, I decided to make her the figurines for her own game - Wendyopoly.  My daughter helped with the figurines. I didn't have time to make them all (two to go, plus one I need to remake.... see below for the headless farmer!) And, I still need to make the game board. Any suggestions for rules to a game for a writer?

Here are all of them together.  I think the tallest is about 2". They are made out of polymer clay. A few have some chalks for coloring...

 A bat (my daughter says it looks like a piece of candy.)
 My rendition of a fat English bulldog.

 Cookies, yum!

 Not as obvious... banana bread,

 This one is supposed to be a tiger.

 A dandelion with a ladybug... I made the dandelion by rolling out a thin strip of yellow clay, then cutting almost all the way down in 1/8" (1/16th?) sections. Then, I rolled it up and fanned them out.

A type of mandarin orange tree

This is a border collie. I had a lot of trouble with it. At first, it looked like a calf! Not totally happy with it, but I think you can tell it's a dog now?!

A topiary tree

Ok, here's the headless farmer. What happened? The first time I baked it, the head fell off and the body fell forward, bending the feet. But the head still looked really good. So, I made another body, put the head on (secured with a toothpick this time) and baked it. Unfortunately, the extra baking time cracked his face! Now, I have to make the whole thing over again.

 This one didn't have anything to do with Wendy's books, but my daughter just wanted to make a figurine for Wendy for her birthday :-)

Colossians 3:23 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men..."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Writer's Game

Recently, a friend/critique partner of mine Shelley Jones, received her Master's degree in writing - an MFA.  To celebrate, my daughter and I made clay figures and a game which included characters, places, and objects from ten of her manuscripts which I had critiqued.

Instead of "jail," we made "the Slush Pile," and to correspond, "Get out of the Slush Pile."

We watched YouTube videos to see how to make some of the figurines. For the woodpecker, I looked up the type of woodpecker from her book and then formed my own rendition. The brand of clay we used is Sculpey.

The candies for this little Halloween basket were tiny. The person who made the YouTube video tutorial also supplied the file to print the "candy wrappers."
For this chocolate pie, a bottle cap is the pie tin!

I look forward to the day Shelley's books are in stores and I can say, "I knew they would get published!"  I love her "voice" and she'll have a corner market on "boy books."

Luke 27: He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Friday, March 21, 2014

Name that Book! Spring is Here

Spring has arrived at the farm. Turtles and a buzzard showed up yesterday on the first day of spring.  Today, I made a 30-second video using Tellagami.  Name that book is the question at the beginning.  After I stop talking, turn up your speakers and you will "hear" spring:  woodpeckers, robins, blackbirds, etc.

Feel free to give the answer in the comments.

Mark 4: 26-27 "A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how."

Saturday, March 15, 2014

PatriciaMillerBooks Welcome Video

Using what I learned from Katie Davis' Video Idiot Bootcamp, I made my own Welcome Video.
I included photos of the farm, my writing cabin, and some things I like to write about. There are also gamboling lambs :)


1 Cor 10:31 "...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

Monday, March 3, 2014

Wendy Henrichs I AM TAMA book trailer

Here's another picture book trailer I made for my friend Wendy Henrichs. The illustrator is Yoshiko Jaeggi and the publisher is Peachtree Publishers.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Last November, I took Katie Davis' online course, Video Idiot Bootcamp.   In that last few weeks, I made my first video, a book trailer for my friend, Wendy Henrichs' book, WHEN ANJU LOVED BEING AN ELEPHANT.

If you like it, please click on the thumbs up.  If you don't, email me!

Psalm 24:1-2 "The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters."