Karen Rostoker-Gruber is an award-winning children’s book author. Her first children’s book, Food Fright, was published in 2003 by Price Stern Sloan. Her second children’s book, Rooster Can’t Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, was published in 2004 by Dial Books for Young Readers. Her third children’s book, Bandit, will be coming out in 2008 from Marshall Cavendish.
She is also a published humorist. Her first humor book, The Unofficial College Survival Guide, was published in 1992 by Great Quotations. Her second book, Remote Controls Are Better Than Women Because. . . , was published by Longstreet Press in 1993, and her third book, “Telephones Are Better Than Men Because. . . ,” also published by Longstreet Press, came out in 1996. Her latest humor book, “If Men Had Babies. . .,” was published by CCC Publications, LLC in 2001. She was a guest on the Ricki Lake Show and has been promoting her books on over 62 radio shows around the country.
Food Fright!: A Mouthwatering Novelty Book: 15 Monstrous Surprises Inside!
Illustrated by Sheila Aldridge
Food Fright! Is subtitled A Mouthwatering Novelty Book. One would have to have a mighty strange appetite to find these foods appealing. It is gross and for that reason alone it will have lots of appeal, especially to young boys. One Cyclops stirs eyeball stew, five witches toast dragon tails, nine ghost bake up a boo-bird pie and so it goes up to 10. Each page offers something to touch, push, pull or as with the last page pop-up. All the creatures with their totally unappetizing foods decide to have a food fright or food fight. Better watch out there is a slime fondue just waiting for the reader. Along the way there is a lesson to help kids count from one to ten. 2003, Price Stern Sloan/Penguin Putnam, $11.99. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot (Children’s Literature).
Rooster Can’t Cock-A-Doodle-Doo
Illustrated by Paul Rátz de Tagyos
When Rooster woke up one morning with a sore throat he did not know how he would wake Farmer Ted and the other animals. He took himself off to the barn and in a rasping voice explained his dilemma to the farm animals. Together they came up with a clever, albeit madcap, plan to wake the farmer. By mid morning Farmer Ted did not think he could all his chores done by sundown. Enter the ever helpful animals once again who “milk the cows, shear the sheep, and pour the slop.” After resting all day in a lounge chair sipping honey tea, Rooster was ready with a hardy cock-a-doodle-doo the next morning. This story might have been ordinary if it hadn’t been for the expressive pen and ink and colored marker illustrations. The large flat drawings are filled with humorous details of animals with very distinct personalities. The pigs fairly steal the show by really hamming it up. Clever puns are sprinkled throughout the text with hens that are “eggz-hausted” and cows that find matters “udder-ly frustrating.” The camaraderie of the animals as they work together to solve a problem is a fine salute to friendship and cooperation. 2004, Dial Books, $15.99. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey (Children’s Literature).
In addition to being an author, Karen is a ventriloquist, which adds an entirely different dimension to her school presentations. Karen’s sidekick, Maria, assists her as she shares all the steps necessary when writing a book. Karen highlights topics from the initial idea through to the published book. This is an interactive program filled with a slide show, a puppet, felt board learning and even Karen’s mailbox.
$600 for two presentations – ideal group size 75 students
$1000 for four presentations
Karen will address large groups is they are grouped by grade levels, K-2 or 3-5.
Travel and lodging costs to be paid by sponsoring organization.
To learn more about Karen and her publications please visit www.karenrostoker-gruber.com.