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Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Queen's Speech

Okay, so it's not really a speech.  More of a reading actually.

You see, I have a new book that comes out in one month:

I am so excited!  This is the perfect summer road trip picture book.

So, I thought I'd do something to celebrate.  Kind of.'s the story:

A few months ago, a student at my school and I had the following conversation:

Kid:  StoryQueen, guess what we did today?

Me:  I don't know.  What did you do?

Kid:  We watched Jan Brett read her book on her website.  Why don't you ever read your books on your website?

Why indeed?

So...without further ado and absolutely no fanfare, I present the first of the Good Knight books, as read by me.

So, if you have little kiddos, have them pull up a pillow!  (and have them watch for special appearances from Mikey the Dog, a baby dragon, and my husband, the Story Prince Consort, peeping his head around the corner.)  The next video, GET WELL, GOOD KNIGHT will be released next week.  There will be a new one each week until the release of A GOOD KNIGHT'S REST.

And if you have any ideas for the location of the next video, leave it in the comments.  This first one was filmed in the office area of my house (notice the blue wall...that's my corner.)

And do you like the theme song?  That was composed and recorded by my nephew.  He is awesome.

And I will be keeping these videos (so that you can enjoy them again and again...ha!) on my website on the video page. Click here for webpage.

Let me know what you think!



Jess said...

I'm saving this for story time with my little one tonight~ what a cool idea! Happy Mother's Day :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Shelley. The video was wonderful. I enjoyed the different voices you did for the characters.

Happy Mother's Day!

storyqueen said...

Jess-Thank you! I've been toying with a way to have a "story channel" on youtube, but have been to chicken to put one up until now.

Susanne-Thank you! Mostly the voices annoy the family, and make the dog want to eat the dragon!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

What a great idea, Shelley! Are you going to tell your students to look at your blog? I loved your voice...

Happy Mother's Day!

Catherine Denton said...

What an awesome idea! :) Hope you had an amazing Mother's Day.

Thank you for your sweet words on My Blog.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Oh, my! You earned your tiara and more! If I were one of your students I'd be begging for storytime. Your voices are fabulous (not to mention the story itself) and I loved the clopping hooves. Thanks for some great fun.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Your voices are wonderful! I can't wait to see the rest of the videos :)

CL said...

Congratulations on your new book! I recently reentered the work force with a page job at my local library- and it was fun to find your Good Knight books there, after having joined your blog. They check out alot, and they're very funny! I look forward to reading this one.

Laura Pauling said...

I loved it! This book was a staple while my kids were learning to read. The repetition made the story easy to understand; castles, dragons and knights made the interest level extremely high;and your words were so much fun.

Awesome job! Keep doing it.

Hardygirl said...

Oh, how cute and fun!! I can't wait to show this to my daughter.

And, the story channel is a GREAT idea!!!


Janet Johnson said...

Just watched it with my four-year-old. He was entranced! Such a fun story and fabulous idea to read it out loud on your blog. :)

Congrats with your next book release!

Jemi Fraser said...

What a great idea Shelley!! I'll be passing along the link to my friends with little ones! :)

Kelly said...

Ohh! What a lovely idea from a little one! I'll be back tomorrow with my little guy who I am certain will enjoy the reading too!

storyqueen said...

Sharon-I might tell them...though lord knows they get enough of me every day!!

Catherine-Thank you. And it's always inspiring to visit your blog.'re too kind. And I love the clippity-clop bits in the theme song. My nephew did such a great job.

Sherrie-Be very afraid.

CL-Yay! You are going to love the library! They are the best places in the world!

Laura-You just made my night!

SF-The whole story channel would be so cool, I thing. But one step at a time...

Janet-I am glad your four year old liked it! Yay!

Jemi-Thanks! That's just what I hoped folks would do!

Kelly-Let me know what he thinks!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh, no! I just put my kiddie's to bed. I'll show them tomorrow.

I love your dragon books, Shelley. :D

Matthew MacNish said...

I had to re-open your blog in a different browser to get the video to work, but once I did, it was awesome! Yay. Thanks Shelley!

Jackee said...

You are such a doll! :o) Thanks for sharing and I'm excited (so are my kids) for the next Good Night book!


Kristin said...

It's lovely!
And tell your nephew I'm super impressed...
Can't wait to show my 3 & 4 year old before bedtime.

Kiki Hamilton said...

Your book looks beautiful!! and I loved hearing and watching you read. The sounds effects were fantastic!! It was like watching a storyteller on TV. Lovely!

Stephanie Faris said...

My stepdaughter's now too old for picture books and my niece is getting to be. It's kinda sad. My nephew's still young enough, though, so I'll buy one for him!!!

Myrna Foster said...

The kids and I enjoyed that very much, especially your dog's roars.