Erica Perl: Author Video, Interview, & Sweeps!

September 27th, 2011 by

when-life-gives-you-oj-jugIf you read Karen’s review of Erica Perl’s When Life Gives You O.J. a couple weeks ago, then you should have finished the book by now. Because that’s what everyone does when they read our book reviews, right? You all rush right out of your house and get the book and read it straight through until you’re done, forsaking all your normal responsibilities and previous engagements. Right?

Well, if you didn’t do that with When Life Gives You O.J., then we’re sorry to tell you, but you’ve made a big, big mistake. Because the book is really good, people!

But if you need a little more enticement than just Karen’s review, check out this exclusive video from the author, Erica Perl — made just for Kidsmomo! She answers three questions from us, and also introduces a furry friend — who bites!

(Btw, if you’re wondering why we asked Erica about Yiddish, then you clearly ignored Karen’s wise advice and haven’t read When Life Gives You O.J. yet. For shame!)

Well, if that video isn’t enough to get you to read the book, then I guess we’ll just have to give you a copy!



Kids (under the age of 18):

Enter for a chance to win o prize! Just fill out this entry form and mail it back to us. (Don’t forget to have your parent/guardian sign it — otherwise, you won’t be eligible to win!) We must receive your entry before October 31, 2011.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) under 18 years. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 10/30/2011. See official rules.

A huge thank you to Erica Perl for stopping by Kidsmomo and signing books for our sweepstakes! As for you: why don’t you do yourself a favor and listen to Karen for once — enter the giveaway now!

When Life Gives You O.J.: Book Review

September 17th, 2011 by

Like many of you, when I was a kid I asked my parents for a dog. They said no. Instead, I got a fish.

If only I had thought of getting a “practice dog” to show how responsible I could be! I could have fed it, walked it, cleaned up its “poop” — and then maybe my parents would have seen how good a dog owner I’d be!

That’s the idea in Erica Perl’s book When Life Gives You O.J. Check out the official book trailer for more details (and a laugh):

But the book isn’t just one big gag. I really liked the main character, Zelly, and I related to her issues with her BFF’s new friends and with a neighborhood bully. Plus, I enjoyed reading about Zelly’s relationship with her grandfather, Ace — he’s the one who came up with the “practice dog” idea in the first place, and he’s not always the easiest person to get along with!

So you can see that even if you’re not a dog person yourself, there’s still plenty of good stuff in this book to enjoy.

Have you ever wanted a dog and had your parents say no? Or do you already have a family pet? Leave a comment and tell me about an animal friend you already have, or one that you really want!

— Karen

Karen’s fish was a Betta, also known as a Fighter Fish. Uncreatively, she named him Fighter.

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Review copy of the book provided by the author.

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