Where's My Funny Hat? (Lisa Graff)

Today is a very special day for me: Publication Day!

That's right, my fifth novel is finally, officially out in the world, and I'm very excited about it. There are all sorts of ways to celebrate big milestones in life: cake and funny hats for birthdays, long ceremonies and funny hats for graduations, and champagne (sans funny hats) for anniversaries. So how does a writer celebrate a book release?

Well, to celebrate the release of DOUBLE DOG DARE, I have decided to throw a contest. (What's more fun than a contest??) And because Rube Goldberg Machines play a big role in my book, this contest is a Rube Goldberg Machine making contest. It's open to kids ages 6-13, and all the information can be found in this video:

[Side note: Isn't it amazing how YouTube can manage to pinpoint the absolute least flattering still-shot of you in whatever video you upload to use as its thumbnail??]

For a full list of contest rules, and to enter, check out my website. Or check out the entries as they roll in on the official Double Dog Dare contest YouTube channel.

As if that weren't enough celebrating, I'm also doing a whirlwind blog tour, where I'm giving away lots of free copies of DOUBLE DOG DARE. Follow along for many chances to win! Here are the blog tour stops:

Tuesday, April 10th: Mundie Kids
Sunday, April 15th: Pragmatic Mom
Monday, April 16th: Novel Novice
Wednesday, April 18th: From the Mixed-Up Files . . .
Thursday, April 19th: Greetings From Nowhere
Friday, April 20th: Reading Everywhere

. . . And for the final bit of celebrating, I'd like to give away one copy of DOUBLE DOG DARE to a Smack Dab blog reader! Just leave a note in the comments about how you like to celebrate big events, and you'll be entered to win the giveaway. The winner will be chosen at random on May 1st.

**Update: The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Augusta!**


  1. Congratulations! See you Thursday at Greetings from Nowhere.

  2. Can't wait to read the book, Lisa. And I'll look forward to the blog tour. I'm not much for big celebrating, but in my past life I often dressed like Mother Goose and led small armies of children around the school to mark what I think of as Big Events: Library Week, Put a Poem in Your Pocket Day, National Hat Day, Dr. Seuss's birthday.
    Now I mostly stay home and read Dr. Seuss, my favorite poem, a great book.

  3. You are too cute for words! And I can't wait to get my hands on this book! Congrats!

  4. Thanks, guys! (Augusta, I should definitely take up dressing like a goose. That does sound very fun.)

  5. Massive congrats on the book release, Lisa!

  6. I like to celebrate by buying myself a little treat... sometimes a BIG treat.

  7. Happy book birthday, Lisa (and you look great no matter what still shot YouTube grabs!)

  8. To celebrate big events I like to get together with my family. This usually involves food. :)

    hg195 at yahoo dot com

  9. Yay!! Can't wait to read it. Thank you, Lisa.


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