Kidz Book Buzz Blog Tour: The Year the Swallows Came Early (Giveaway)

In The Year the Swallows Came Early, Groovy's hero is none other than Betty Crocker (despite the fact that she isn't a real person). She admires Betty because of all she's done for cakes, how easy she's made baking them from a box.

I'd rank that as one of the better heroes of our age. :)

Are you thankful to Betty Crocker for anything? Perhaps a particular cake mix? Perhaps a certain recipe or tip from one of her cookbooks? Leave a comment and I'll enter your name to win a free hardcover copy of The Year the Swallows Came Early.

You have until midnight Saturday, February 28th. I'll choose a name from a hat on Sunday.


Becky said...

No need to enter me for the contest--
but...I just had to say that's a fun idea for a giveaway!

Kathryn Fitzmaurice said...

Well I'll leave a comment, but don't send a book to me, either! I am thankful for those cans of dark chocolate frosting Betty makes. I used to dip a tablespoon into one each night when I was in college!

Noel De Vries said...

Ohh, on a graham cracker, Kathryn ... that frosting is heavenly. Now I'm hungry.

Becky, you have no Betty Crocker passions?!?

brilynne said...

Betty Crocker biscuits! (I actually don't know that her recipe is anything special, but it's a good basic.) When I attended a small Bible College (I mean reeeeeeally small, like 17 students sometimes), the girls were responsible for preparing meals for the campus and occasionally for conventions as part of the work-study program. I always used BC's biscuit recipe, multiplying it by 10+ if necessary. Eventually, the page fell out of the book from overuse, and girls could frequently be heard asking the others if they had seen the biscuit recipe as they frantically leafed through cookbooks looking for the missing page. Any other biscuit recipe would probably have worked, but the very BCness (Betty Crockerness, not to be confused with Before-Christ-ness) of the recipe made it seem safe.

Noel De Vries said...

"Eventually, the page fell out of the book from overuse, and girls could frequently be heard asking the others if they had seen the biscuit recipe as they frantically leafed through cookbooks looking for the missing page."


sally apokedak said...

I don't need a book either, but just want to let your readers know that they have several other chances to win a book if they don't win here.

Fireside Musings, Becky's Book Reviews, All About Children's Books, and Through the Looking Glass Reviews, are all offering the book, too. (all because Kathryn is so generous!)

I don't know if there are any others. I'm going to post these sites to some lists I'm on so if you know of any others giving the book away, let me know.

I loved this book and am very happy that Kathryn is giving copies away because I know that we all are blogging from around the country and I know that when people read the book they are going to start passing it to friends and neighbors and the word is going to spread.

Now, for my Betty Crocker memories:

OK I gotta tell you, my favorite Betty Crocker memory has nothing to do with food. It's from the Mel Gibson movie, "Conspiracy Theory" which I thought was brilliant.

Jerry Fletcher, a paranoid guy who sees conspiracies everywhere, says, "They, they start when you're young, you know, in school. They Baden-Powell all the boys and-and they Betty Crocker all the girls!"

I've appropriated that line for writer so it reads, "They, they start when you first join a critique group. They Browne and King all the young writers."

Thank God Swallows wasn't Browne and Kinged. =0)

Nor The Jonah Bottle, Noel. Hope you're feeling well and getting that puppy submitted.

Erin said...

Hm...I'm afraid I have nothing to say on the Betty Crocker front. But I will say that I'm hoping you'll review Audrey, Wait! sometime...

Noel De Vries said...

Funny, Sally.

So you weren't Betty Crockered, huh, Erin? ;)

Review Audrey, Wait! ... I guess I can take requests. :)

windycindy said...

I am with Groovy! Cakes are fabulous. I just wished I could make the finished product look better. When I was younger, I looked in my mom's Betty Crocker Cookbook on hos to frost a cake. It really works!
Please enter me in your drawing for this exquisite book. Many thanks, Cindi

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful to Betty Crocker for making products so easy to make.

Kim said...

If it weren't for Betty Crocker, I wouldn't ever be able to make a cake! I've failed at every homemade attempt I've ever made!

Oh, and a co-worker recently gave me a recipe to use Betty Crocker cake mix to make cookies with and my boys love them!!

kimfurd at hotmail dot com

Rica said...

I grew up on Betty Crocker..would love to be entered!

tim said...

I don't recall having an excess of Betty Crocker baked goods as a child but.....

When my mother moved to Atlanta, I cleaned out a trailer she left in Califonia and I found several boxes full of old Betty Crocker boxtop coupons that would argue with my memory.

sally apokedak said...

My mother used to save Betty Crocker box top coupons. She doesn't do that anymore. Now she saves empty milk jugs and tin pie pans. Who knows why. It's a depression thing, I suppose.