WACKY' WRITERS TAKE HOME 'USA BEST BOOK AWARD' CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2012) - In a national competition sponsored by USA Book News that included submissions from St. Martin's Press, HarperCollins, Hyperion, McGraw-Hill, and many other big house publishers, Chandler, Arizona's Five Star Publications' Arizona Way Out West & Wacky (AZWOWW) won first place for The 2012 USA Best Book Awards "Best New Children's Book: Nonfiction" category. "The 2012 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States," says President and CEO of USA Book News Jeffrey Keen of the awards, now in its 10th year. AZWOWW, an official Arizona Centennial Project, was co-authored by SanTan Sun News editor Lynda Exley and children's science writer Conrad J. Storad, who have both won numerous awards in their professions. The book, which is filled with true but amusing, gross, interesting and wacky stories and facts about Arizona, makes learning history fun with more than 60 entertaining activities including word searches, crossword puzzles, coloring pages, games, recipes, crafts and more. The library edition of Arizona Way Out West & Wacky, entitled Arizona Way Out West & Witty, is this year's ONEBOOKAZ for Kids. AZWOWW was illustrated by award-winning artist Michael Hagelberg. A complete list of the winners and finalists of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards are available online at www.USABookNews.com. To learn more about Five Star Publications, Inc., which celebrates 27 years in business, and its other award-winning books, visit the website, email info@FiveStarPublications.com or call 480-940-8182.
USA Book News
Really great educational activity book. I was afraid this would be too young for my 9 & 11 year old, but it's very well done with interesting topics, activities, recipes, and coloring areas. Not at all the kiddie coloring book I was afraid I'd be receiving. I ordered a second so that we can use it in our homeschool without have to deal with making copies of pages.
Barnes & Noble Customer Reviews
This is one of those "all-age" gems that rarely are seen anymore in the literary world. Celebrating Arizona's centennial, this project is filled with love - and children and students all over the country will enjoy this activity and history book ten-fold. Not to mention, adults will find absolute joy reading over the legends and myths to their children and learning a great deal of new information themselves. This book is filled with activities that make learning absolutely fun! Arizona, as most know, is one state that is infused with history, made up of legends like Geronimo. The state boasts amazing topography that includes things like 'organ pipes' and 'century plants.' Their nature is one-of-a-kind with insects that sting, rattlers to be wary of, and the fastest bird called the roadrunner that the planet has ever seen. Not only does this book offer all this information, but children will also learn what and how to make Frontier Foods, like EZ Cobbler and green-chile cornbread, as well as how to grow things out in the middle of the desert. Historical articles are offered on the tale of the Code Talkers, the creation of the Grand Canyon, and how Arizona came to achieve statehood. There are also activities that teach readers how to make a cornhusk doll, color amazing desert landscapes and have a face-to-face with the ultimate sheriff, Wyatt Earp. Quill Says: A truly stunning book that shows the ultimate pride and spirit for the state of Arizona! This should be in every classroom!