Thursday, September 23, 2010

Win a Year's Worth of Ham by Hamming it Up!

Can you believe Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss, is turning 50 this year??? Where does the time go? Here's something fun and rewarding you can do to help celebrate this birthday: act out a scene from the book and videotape it. Then submit it to win great prizes!!! Here's the skinny:

"Once your masterpiece is complete, upload your video to our contest site and get your friends and family voting and sharing. The videos with the most votes after five weeks will be judged by a team at Random House Children's Books and Dr. Seuss to determine the best overall act. So what are we looking for? We want your most dramatic, your most creative, your funniest, and of course your very, very hammiest! The grand prize winner will take home $2,000 cash, a limited edition Dr. Seuss print worth over $3,000, a year's supply of ham from Ham-I-Am, a Flip cam, and the entire Dr. Seuss library!"

Those are some spectacular prizes!!! Come on, Portland, I know how creative you can be!!! Show us your stuff. The deadline is November 3rd, and the winners will be announced on November 15th. You can read more about the contest at this site.

Reminds me of a great cartoon in The Oregonian not long ago, "Baby Blues," in which the stay-at-home mom greets the working dad at the door with "How was your day? Did you laugh? Did you play? Did you run in the sun? Did you have any fun? The dad says "Dr. Seuss overload, huh?" And the mom replies "Yes, reading is fine! Do we have any wine!" Made me laugh.

I'm not quite sure how someone who is no longer living can participate in the judging, but dead people publish books all the time, so I guess it's possible for Dr. Seuss to speak from the grave and offer an opinion on the best video. When I was a kid my mom was an elementary school librarian. One year she made a recording of Horton Hears a Who: she read the story and my sibs and I got to help provide the sound effects. It was fabulous. My mom does great voices.

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