Critter lunching w/ Calgary Blueboarders

First off, I have to say what an honor it’s been to host CRITTER here in my home in Calgary, Alberta, and on The Bookshelf Muse. CRITTER, for those of you just tuning in, is the art creation of Ian Sands and belongs to Christy Evers, who has sent him all over the world to visit KIDLIT writer/bloggers.

Critter’s been on a road trip now for over 14 months, collecting the names of his hosts along the way, and will soon return to Christy’s home in Morrisville, NC to be auctioned off as author memorabilia, with the proceeds going to St. Jude’s.

As a MASCOT for the KIDLIT world, Critter has enjoyed the hospitality of our writing community, promoting creativity and raising awareness for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Robert Bateman signs Critter, too!

 You might have seen him at the LA SCBWI conference, crowd surfing at a rock concert, heading off to college, hanging out at Bluebeard’s castle, being interviewed by the Texas Sweethearts, visiting the Gyeongbokgung Palace, or even meeting world renowned artist Robert Bateman. It’s been quite the ride, and now Critter’s ready to celebrate!


As his last stop here in Canada, it’s up to me to send him off in style. And so, after we bought some new toques, ate some poutine and went moose-watching, we decided the best way to go out with a bang was by hosting a 




Critter’s rubbed shoulders with both Famous and soon-to-be Famous personalities in this industry, and he’s seen first hand how generous writers are. Take a look at these INCREDIBLE prizes you could win from some of his past hosts!

Melissa Higgins—a Writer’s Kit (chocolate, journal, gift card & 8X10 photo of Critter)

PJ Hoover—a Forgotten Worlds set & a ten page critique

Beth Revis—a query critique

Tina Ferraro—a copy of Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, How to Hook a Hottie, and The ABC’s of Kissing Boys (all signed).

Cynthia Willis—a copy of Dog Gone (paperback) & Buck Fever (hardcover) (signed & personalized)

Bish Denham—a beautiful hand-made tatted dolphin bookmark

Nandini Bajpai–a copy of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (signed)

Jacqui Robbins–a copy of Two of a Kind (signed)

Christina Farley–a Chocolate Fun Pack (decadent chocolates & hot chocolates, copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) + a 10 page critique

Rena Jones—a copy of A new Job for Dilly (signed)

Kelly PolarkPoetry Pack (Poetrees by Douglas Florian & Stampede: Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School +signed bookplate)

Jill S Alexander—copy of Sweetheart (hardcover)
Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi—an Art Compilations Book by Robert Bateman (signed), a $15 Starbucks Gift Card a & 1st chapter critique (Becca)

Christy Evers—a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Ellen Oh–a Korean Gift Box ( YA book + treats with a Korean flair!)

Ian Sands—your very own CRITTER and a Critter-interactive-art-book (signed).


And then, if this isn’t enough, there’s also a Career-Boosting GRAND PRIZE: a PERSONAL, 45 MINUTE SKYPE or IM CHAT with authors Beth Revis (YA, Across the Universe), PJ Hoover (MG Forgotten Worlds Trilogy) & Jacqui Robbins (PB, The New Girl and Me, Two of a Kind) where the winner can collectively pick the brains of these pros about writing, publishing and the current marketplace, learning valuable information to help them succeed.


Does this BLOW YOUR MIND, or what? 

–Check out some of Critter’s past hosts using the links above (each will take you to one or more critter posts). If you’d like to go in order, you can find each stop here in Christy’s sidebar.

–Make note of 3 things Critter did with 3 different hosts.


–Pass on the word about KIDLIT CRITTERPALOOZA (TWEETS, BLOG POSTS, ETC) We want the world to know about Critter and his mission to help St. Jude.
Yep, it’s that easy. 🙂

One of Critter’s passions is the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. If you would like to donate a few dollars to this worthy charity, you can by clicking on the St Jude’s button to the right. Every dollar is appreciated and helps to save the lives of children, and all of us involved in CRITTERPALOOZA really appreciate the support!



Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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  3. Jenn says:

    Awesome! What a fun way to raise money for a great charity. 🙂

  4. What a great contest! And so fantastic you all kept it going for fourteen months! 🙂

  5. Bluestocking says:

    I think this is so great! Makes me wish I was further along with my YA MS to take advantage of all the generous prizes!

  6. Critter gave me a great idea for a Chanukah present for my daughter. It came when I saw him reading the Zombie Survival Guide. That’s right up my daughter’s ally. I just ordered it from Amazon. One night down! Thanks Critter!!!

  7. Beth says:

    What great prizes! I’ll definitely be filling in that form!

  8. Thanks for all of your work with this!

  9. Julie Musil says:

    Titanic is right! Wow! I love St. Jude’s and give to them regularly. I’m so thankful for the good health of our children, and want to help other families who are struggling with illness.

    Awesome stuff, Angela!

  10. LadyJai says:

    I love little things like this going ’round the world and meeting/seeing people. The fact that Critter will be up for auction and the proceeds going to St. Judes is AWESOME!

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Critter is adorable (much cuter than Flat Stanley)! What a great idea and cause. Hats off to you for your dedication and work!

  12. C.R. Evers says:

    Thanks for organizing this and giving Critter such an amazing end to an amazing journey! This is awesome!

  13. Mr Lonely says:

    nice blog.. have a view of my blog when free.. .. do leave me some comment / guide if can.. if interested can follow my blog…

  14. Amazing, Angela! Thank you for all of your work organizing Critterpalooza! Such a great, great cause!

  15. Karen Akins says:

    Wow! What an amazing journey he’s had for such a worthy cause. 🙂

  16. Wow. What an amazing celebration! 14 months is a long time to keep something going – you guys are awesome! 🙂

  17. Awesome! Just entered and tweeted:

    I won a query critique from Beth in a different contest, and it was the best query crit ever! She was awesome to work with. 🙂

  18. Thanks to everyone for all the mentions about Critter. We really want to get the word out about him and his mission!

  19. MG Higgins says:

    Your organizing abilities are staggering!!!

  20. Bish Denham says:

    Go, Critter, GO! And thanks Angela for ALL you hard work to help make this happen!

  21. Claire Dawn says:

    entered and tweeted. But I don’t know how to linky a tweet 🙁 #twitternewbie 🙁

  22. Mary Witzl says:

    Good for you and everybody involved for doing this!

  23. Kelly says:

    This is so exciting!!!!!! Thanks for hosting the Critterpalooza!

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