Encouraging the Love of Reading with Music and Books: I Ate a Cicada Today

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I Ate a Cicada Today


•    Targeted Audience: Preschool, Lower Elementary (Ages 3-8)
•    Genre: Fiction Picture Book with CD
•    Author:/Illustrator/Singer-Songwriter:  Jeff Crossan
•    Publisher: Big Bound Books LLC
•    Publication Date: September 1, 2014
•    Binding: Hard Cover
•    Dimensions: 10″ x  8″
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 32 Pages
•    Retail: $17.99
•    ISBN: 978-0989522205

Image 1Pull up a seat! You’re on a blog tour of a funny, new hardcover picture book with CD written and illustrated by Emmy-Nomiated country songwriter, Jeff  Crossan.


A Long Time in the Making

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Jeff Crossan got the idea for this book when a cicada hit him in the mouth in the parking lot of a restaurant. While eating dinner with his kids, Jeff started jotting down rhymes on a napkin for a song. For years that song set untouched, until one day when Jeff decided to pair it with a picture book. I Ate a Cicada Today is the result.

Catchy, Silly Song and a Whole Lot of Imaginative Fun

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I Ate a Cicada Today pays tributs to the silliness in all of us – especially the youngest readers. Follow along in the book as you listen to the song on the CD. The book offers 16 rhyming wonderfully absurd, mini stories about animals. “I ate a cicada today.” “I peppered a leopard today” and “I hid a giant squid today.” On the CD you’ll hear Jeff sing the song while playing acoustic guitar. There’s a short spoken verse for each two-page spread as well, and all of it is absurdly funny.

Fun, Colorful, Comic-Like  Illustrations Add to the Humor and Delight of the Story

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Jeff’s crisp, clear cartoon like illustrations of bugs and other animals really pop off the pages, against the white background. The illustrations are just as silly as the song, and you and your child will love reading and studying the imagess as you listen along on the CD. I love the fact that Jeff uses a combination of his many talents in this one project - songwriting , singing, illustrating and a keen sense of humor. That’s not an easy task!

Why You’ll Love This Book

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As an author myself, who penned a book that is recorded on CD with music, and has visited thousands of children on author visits, I can tell you how important it is for young readers to listen as they learn. Teacher s and librarians talk to me about this on every visit. The goal with the youngest children is to keep their attention and encourage them to want to learn to read themselves. There’s no better way to accomplish this than with making reading super fun.

I Ate a Cicada Today is the perfect, silly song/book to get your child hooked on reading. It’s cute, funny and so entertaining, plus Jeff’s voice is clear and smooth and you’ll appreciate the fact that he doesn’t rush through the music. What an ideal book to bring with you on car trips, so you can listen to the CD and sing along.  Your child will likely be interested in learning more about the bugs and animals in the book, and will maybe even be inspired to make up silly verses of his or her own.

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ImageAbout the Author

Jeff Crossan is an award-winning, Emmy nominated songwriter. His hits include the number one country tune , “You re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” which received a BMI Million Air Award. A graduate of the University of Richmond with a degree in journalism, he is a former newspaper reporter/ photographer, music journalist and syndicated radio show writer. For several years, his cartoons appeared in the Presbyterian Voice. .I Ate a Cicada Today is his first children’s book. Jeff lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, son and daughter.