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Free Spring Book Reading & Book Signing with Author Joe Sutton, “Wanda and the Oblahlahs” at Barnes & Noble River Oaks

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Joe Sutton will sign his children's book, "Wanda and the Oblahlahs" this Sunday, April 29, noon, as part of the St. Anne Catholic School Book Fair.  The reading and signing will be at Barnes & Noble River Oaks, 2030 West Gray.  For info, call 713-522-8538.
WHO: Houston-based Joe Sutton is a successful downtown energy executive who published a children’s book, “Wanda and the Oblahlahs,” (Bright Sky Press) based on a story the dreamed up for his children and has been stored away in the attic for 35 years. The resourceful father, then a U.S. Army Colonel, realized an effective way to get his message across to his children was to tell the girls stories with carefully disguised lessons.

WHEN: Meet Joe Sutton Sunday, April 29, 12 P.M. (Noon) for a “Wanda and the Oblahlahs” Reading and Book Signing – Barnes & Noble River Oaks, 2030 West Gray St., Houston 77019 (713) 522-8571 The FREE reading and book signing will be held as part of St. Anne Catholic School Book Fair.

WHAT: Meet Wanda. She loves chewing gum. She chews gum all day long: while she plays with her dog Moldy and her little brother Rocky, while she’s singing, even during school. And that’s okay with her mother, as long as it’s sugarless gum. Wanda’s parents have one rule about all this gum chewing: every night before she goes to bed, Wanda has to deposit her gum right in the trashcan. But what happens when Wanda’s parents go out to dinner and the babysitter doesn’t know the rule? Sometimes even the best child tries to push the envelope. And sometimes the consequences are surprising. When Wanda goes to sleep with gum in her mouth, the Oblahlahs move in. These colorful little creatures throw such a party in her mouth that she can’t chew gum any more. In fact, she can’t even talk. Her parents can’t help, Rocky and Moldy can’t help, even the doctor is at a loss. It’s all up to her. As Wanda lies in bed trying to rid herself of the pesky Oblahlahs, following the rules starts to seem like a much better idea than it ever has before.

WHY: 1) To remind readers of the power of shared stories to create strong families; &

2) To help support children who may not have loving families to share stories with them, Sutton will donate the proceeds of book sales to Children at Risk to support programs to combat child trafficking. A percentage of the sales that day will go to St. Anne Catholic School as well.

Parent/Child Bonding: Wanda’s misadventures turned story time into a beloved family tradition. The character Sutton dreamed up personified the young girl who did everything she shouldn’t, including chewing her gum all day and night. Sutton’s tales of encounters with the colorful Oblahlahs always made doing the right thing seem like the best choice for his daughters.

History: To Megan’s delight, three years ago she came across the vintage Wanda stories with their original illustrations by her Aunt Jane, a fine artist. They were in her parents’ attic, in tact after the family’s 23 moves. With Megan’s encouragement, her father has published “Wanda and the Oblahlahs” to bring the age-old story back to life for the next generation, including Joe’s five grandchildren. The book will appeal to parents and grandparents who will find that Wanda’s antics do more to illustrate the importance of minding than any amount of parental nagging.

“My father was blessed with the gift of story telling and as far back as I can remember he always put us to bed with a story or two,” said Megan. “I also recall a small tray beside my bed that I would put my gum in before I went to sleep. I didn’t want to get the ‘Oblahlahs!’” # # #

Contact:

Susan Farb Morris

Susan Farb Public Relations

5203 Braeburn Drive

Bellaire TX 77401
713.661.7377 (office)
 713.805.2608 (mobile)

susan@farbulous.com

www.farbulous.com

Children’s Book Author Joe Sutton to Conduct Free Reading at Blue Willow Bookshop in West Houston

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

For: Sept. Calendars

WHO: Houston-based Joe Sutton will read his new children’s book, “Wanda and the Oblahlahs,”"Wanda and the Oblahlahs" (Bright Sky Press) based on a story he dreamed up for his children and has been stored away in the attic for 35 years. The resourceful father, then a U.S. Army Colonel, realized an effective way to get his message across to his children was to tell the girls stories with carefully disguised lessons.

WHAT: Meet Wanda. She loves chewing gum. She chews gum all day long: while she plays with her dog Moldy and her little brother Rocky, while she’s singing, even during school. And that’s okay with her mother, as long as it’s sugarless gum. Wanda’s parents have one rule about all this gum chewing: every night before she goes to bed, Wanda has to deposit her gum right in the trashcan. But what happens when Wanda’s parents go out to dinner and the babysitter doesn’t know the rule? Sometimes even the best child tries to push the envelope. And sometimes the consequences are surprising. When Wanda goes to sleep with gum in her mouth, the Oblahlahs move in. These colorful little creatures throw such a party in her mouth that she can’t chew gum any more. In fact, she can’t even talk. Her parents can’t help, Rocky and Moldy can’t help, even the doctor is at a loss. It’s all up to her. As Wanda lies in bed trying to rid herself of the pesky Oblahlahs, following the rules starts to seem like a much better idea than it ever has before.

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 10 A.M.

WHERE: Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston 77079 (281) 497-8675 Story time includes singing songs for toddlers and pre-school children.

WHY: 1) To remind readers of the power of shared stories to create strong families; &

2) To help support children who may not have loving families to share stories with them, Sutton will donate the proceeds of book sales to Children at Risk. The action-focused non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Texas’ children through strategic research, community education, collaboration and advocacy.

Parent/Child Bonding: Wanda’s misadventures turned story time into a beloved family tradition. The character Sutton dreamed up personified the young girl who did everything she shouldn’t, including chewing her gum all day and night. Sutton’s tales of encounters with the colorful Oblahlahs always made doing the right thing seem like the best choice for his daughters.

History: To Megan’s delight, three years ago she came across the vintage Wanda stories with their original illustrations by her Aunt Jane, a fine artist. They were in her parents’ attic, in tact after the family’s 23 moves. With Megan’s encouragement, her father has published “Wanda and the Oblahlahs” to bring the age-old story back to life for the next generation, including Joe’s five grandchildren. The book will appeal to parents and grandparents who will find that Wanda’s antics do more to illustrate the importance of minding than any amount of parental nagging.

“My father was blessed with the gift of story telling and as far back as I can remember he always put us to bed with a story or two,” said Megan. “I also recall a small tray beside my bed that I would put my gum in before I went to sleep. I didn’t want to get the ‘Oblahlahs!’”

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Contact:

Susan Farb Morris

Susan Farb Public Relations

5203 Braeburn Drive

Bellaire TX 77401
713.661.7377 (office)
 713.805.2608 (mobile)

susan@farbulous.com

www.farbulous.com

SUMMER PARTY IDEAS from entertaining experts for Better Homes and Gardens

Monday, February 7th, 2011

The groundhog may just have looked for his shadow last week to predict an early spring, but magazines already are working fast and furiously on their summer issues. Take it from a publicity professional, national print publications work four to six months out. So, it’s no surprise that the PR Fairy learned Better Homes and Gardens writer Kathy Barnes is looking for ideas for summer gatherings for the magazine’s June 2011 issue. She would like to interview party planners, stylemakers, and event-focused bloggers, etc. Barnes would like to give readers inspiration for a
summer gathering and include get-the-look products to get started at home. Decorating, food, tabletop, and outdoor living ideas and inspirations will be included in this feature. BHG reaches 40
million readers each month.

Do you have some fabulous ideas to share for summer 2011 parties? If so, you can submit as follows:

Email: query-yfm@helpareporter.com

Deadline: Tuesday, February 8, 6 p.m. C.S.T.

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Good luck!
Susan Farb Morris
Susan Farb Public Relations
farbulous.com/The PR Fairy

ATTN: Texas-based Meetings/Events Planners, Suppliers & Vendors

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

PR Fairy is calling all Texas-based meetings/events planners, suppliers and vendors!

Laurie Dove, a writer for a Texas regional magazine, says she is cultivating sources and potential advisory board members for and industry publication. If you are if you are a meetings/special events planner or a meetings industry supplier or vendor based in Texas and are interested in applying, you should reply to her with your brief bio and contact information by 4 p.m. C.S.T. on New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31. (Will you be working a New Year’s Eve gig?)

Respond to Ms. Dove at: query-ufp@helpareporter.com

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Happy Holidays from your Houston Public Relations Blogger,
Susan Farb Morris, The PR Fairy!

CNNMoney.com Seeks Year’s Best Company Party

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Is your company going all out this year? If you’re throwing a blowout holiday party, or have a corporate client that is entertaining in grand style this holiday season, please share your story with writer Jessica Dickler. You and/or your client possibly could be included in an upcoming article about the “Year’s Best Company Party” on CNNMoney.com.

Email Ms. Dickler at: query-t06@helpareporter.com

Deadline: December 7, by 3 p.m. CST.

Good luck!

Susan Farb Morris/The PR Fairy
Susan Farb Public Relations
www.farbulous.com

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