American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Little Critter Signed Print & App!

Who doesn’t love Little Critter? We read the books all the time (see my son Joe with our favorite, about going into the city with Mom, down below) and I was thrilled to talk with the author and illustrator, Mercer Mayer, also shown, on the eve of his launch of the Little Critter app for iOS, Android, Nook and Kindle devices. 

Q: First, what is Little Critter?

Mercer Mayer: “He technically is identifiable, but I don’t tell anybody what it is.”

Q: Is he based on you as a child? Or your own children?

MM: “Everything you do as an author is from that well of your own childhood. I got some advice many years ago from a publisher to ‘Just start with your childhood and lie like hell.’ Little Critter is full of things that happened to me as a child and then I exaggerate when I imagine what a kid might go through.” 

Q: You have kids of your own, right?

MM: “Three boys and a girl, and now grandkids. They just added to the whole pastiche. I would love to find a way to get this into a book: When my eldest boy was 9 years old, he would never go to bed. I would throw him up in the top bunk and he’d scream that he was hungry, or had to go to the bathroom. Then one night he said he was sick. I didn’t believe him…and then he threw up all over me.”

Q: Eeek!

MM: “I write about situations that kids get into that can be overwhelming. But now my books are getting an extra kick in the pants with the apps! There are more possibilities with them.”

Q: The apps sound like they’d be good for Spring break and Summer travel.

MM: “The games are simple for 3- to 7-year-olds. There’s animation and the story pops out. So there’s reading, and it’s educational, but also games, such as a hidden alphabet and color-by-number. The GamePak includes DigiStix, which are interactive stickers that a kid can move around. I know some apps are just for reading, but these two create a whole little world of adventure, and it’s a lot of fun.” 

Q: Are you still writing new books?

MM: “Yes, I’m working on Just a Kite now and finished up Just a Little Love. I write about three a year. I’m still doing it. I guess I don’t know how to stop!”

You can get The Trip-Little Critter Reading Adventure for $3.99 at all the usual channels (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Barnes & Noble). And for the first 30 days of the launch, you can buy the additional The Trip-Little Critter GamePak for $2.99 (after that it goes up to $3.99). The GamePack is the one that includes more than 175 cool DigiStix digital stickers.

Want the chance to win both the apps and also a signed giclee print from Mercer Mayer? It’s this collage of Little Critter and his baby brother with their toys, and would look great in a kid’s room! It’s officially worth is $75 but I think it’s fairly priceless. Leave a comment below, up to one a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, March 27th. After that we’ll pick one person at random to win both the print and a code for the apps, worth about $83 all together. 

You can click here to read our official rules. Goody luck! 

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  1. by Vicki J

    On March 21, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I *love* Little Critters!

  2. by Michelle A

    On March 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Would love to add Little Critters to our arsenal! I remember them when I was a “little critter” myself!

  3. by George Buttner

    On March 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Adore Little Critter, would be great to have this!

  4. by Theresa Dell

    On March 22, 2013 at 5:17 am

    I always loved reading the Little Critters books to my kids. Now I can read them to my grandkids.

  5. by Carolyn D.

    On March 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I read these to my kids and I’d love to gift this to my sister in law!
    Thank you,

  6. by Niamh

    On March 22, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Ooooh love Little Critters!

  7. by India Lipton

    On March 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Wow this is a great contest! Thank you for the chance.

  8. by Layne

    On March 22, 2013 at 10:18 am

    We read our son a little critter book every night before bed!

  9. by Ashley

    On March 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I loved little critters growing up!!!! Would love to have them for my children too. Thanks for the opportunity :)

  10. by Leyah P

    On March 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

    These books rock!! Would love for my kids!

  11. by Paul

    On March 22, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’ve always loved Little Critters. Cute books. We have a few but more would be awesome, my boys enjoy them!

  12. by Danielle D.

    On March 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I love little critters!!! I hope to read them to our daughter.

  13. by Jennie Z.

    On March 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    My son and daughter are huge fans! We would love to win. :-)

  14. by Jada

    On March 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I really love reading books with my son, we love to cuddle up on the couch and read!!! Hope to win!!

  15. by Julie

    On March 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    We love Little Critters!

  16. by Paige

    On March 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I LOVE Little Critter! I grew up reading the books and have passed that love onto my children.

  17. by Vicki

    On March 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Wonderful books they are! My little girl loves them!

  18. by Tim

    On March 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    One of my little guys favorite books, these would be great to win.

  19. by shaylene

    On March 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I used to read your books as a child and know my children would love to read them as well. Great Job!!!

  20. by John W.

    On March 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Great gift!

  21. by Joni

    On March 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I enjoy reading to my grandsons!! I’d love to add these books to their collection!!

  22. by Amy C

    On March 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

    These are wonderful books and can’t wait to share them with my little ones.

  23. by Julie

    On March 23, 2013 at 8:44 am

    My girls would enjoy this! Thank you!

  24. by Lynn H

    On March 23, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Love Little Critters!

  25. by Vicki

    On March 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Such cute books, fingers crossed to win for my daughter !

  26. by Serena Powell

    On March 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I love Little Critter!

  27. by Tim

    On March 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

    My son loves to read and it’s such a good thing.

  28. by Niamh

    On March 23, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    This print would look fabulous in my son’s bedroom – love to win!

  29. by Jazmin Cannady

    On March 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Oh my twins would love having this print in their room !

  30. by Paul

    On March 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Reading is a must in this house! I encourage my boys to read all the time.

  31. by JIM LYNAM

    On March 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    LITTLE CRITTER is the GREATEST. Sure hopwe I WIN.

  32. by Stephanie

    On March 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    So exciting! I grew up on Little Critters!

  33. by Jada

    On March 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    These are such cute books! I’d love to win them for my little boy! :)

  34. by Leyah P.

    On March 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Both my daughter AND son enjoy little critter books!!!! Which is wonderful they agree on a good book!!!

  35. by Joni

    On March 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Love reading stories to my grandsons <3

  36. by McKim

    On March 23, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I read these books to my kids when they were young. They loved finding the mouse on each page. I’m anxious to now start reading them to my grandson.

  37. by julie

    On March 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

    My girls would enjoy this Little Critters set.

  38. by Jada

    On March 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

    These books are so precious!!!!!!!!!

  39. by Paul

    On March 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    These are great books. My boys really like them.

  40. by jennifer cervantes

    On March 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    My 4 girls would Love this!

  41. by Kathy D

    On March 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Great Books….. would love to read to my sisters kids

  42. by Vicki

    On March 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Really want these books for my daughter because she thinks they’re so fun to read!

  43. by Gianna

    On March 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. by Leyah P

    On March 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    My kiddos love to read and I’m so happy about that.

  45. by Tim

    On March 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Books are everywhere in this house, which is great except when you’re walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night and step on one and it slides and u end up falling on your butt! HA!

  46. by Joni

    On March 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Hopefully I can win these for my grandsons…. Fingers are crossed !!

  47. by John W.

    On March 24, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Children can grow such an imagination by reading books.

  48. by janet

    On March 25, 2013 at 4:01 am

    cute book . my grandkids would enjoy it:)

  49. by Niamh

    On March 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

    My son loves me to read Little Critters books to him. Would be awesome to win this prize!

  50. by Paul

    On March 25, 2013 at 10:59 am

    My boys would love this…

  51. by Kalani

    On March 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

    My boys love the Little Critter books! This is a great conversation to get to read!

  52. by Jada

    On March 25, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I don’t know who enjoys these books more, my son or me!! Lol

  53. by Leyah P.

    On March 25, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Got a little girl and boy who would be happy to have this!

  54. by Laura W.

    On March 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    We love these books and to have the apps and a print in my sons’ room would make them thrilled!

  55. by L

    On March 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I would love to win this. The print would look adorable hanging in my son’s room. :-)

  56. by Maggie

    On March 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    We all love little critter in our house!

  57. by John W

    On March 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Very great prize, hoping to win.

  58. by Vicki

    On March 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Super cute books, my daughter loves em’!:)

  59. by Paula Hafner

    On March 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    My son loves these books. This would be so cute in his room!

  60. by Julie

    On March 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    My girls would love this!

  61. by Tim

    On March 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    My little guys loves books,. He has some of the little critte books and likes them alot, I’d like to win these for him!

  62. by Joni

    On March 25, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Would love to win for my little grandsons!

  63. by Niamh

    On March 26, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Woud love to add to my son’s bookshelf! He loves Little Critters.

  64. by Tim

    On March 26, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Very cool give away. Want to win for my son!

  65. by Vicki

    On March 26, 2013 at 8:02 am

    My little girl loves books and I’m hoping to win these for her:)

  66. by Paul

    On March 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

    It’s always fun reading with my two boys.

  67. by Corey Olomon

    On March 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    My kids love these books!

  68. by Jada

    On March 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Ahh I really hope to win!!!! I need some new books for my son and these are such fun cute books to read!!!

  69. by Leyah P.

    On March 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    My kids love little critters!

  70. by kathy pease

    On March 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)

  71. by Julie

    On March 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    We would enjoy this as a family.

  72. by John W

    On March 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Hoping to win this awesome give away!!

  73. by Laurie Emerson

    On March 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    We all love little critters! Thank you for the chance to win!

  74. by Jada

    On March 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Last day entry!!! Would love to win for my little boy!!!

  75. by Jenny

    On March 27, 2013 at 10:58 am

    My son would love this!!He is a huge fan of lite critters

  76. by Paige

    On March 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I LOVE Little Critter! they are the best books for little kids. I grew up reading the books and have passed that love onto my children.

  77. by Vicki

    On March 27, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Little critter is a big hit in this household!!:)

  78. by Paul

    On March 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Got two boys that would be very happy to win this prize.

  79. by Tim

    On March 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Little critters is one of my little guys favorites….cute books

  80. by Leyah P

    On March 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Fingers crossed!!

  81. by John W.

    On March 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Hoping to win this great give away!

  82. by richelle f

    On March 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    We love little critter books here!

  83. by Gianna

    On March 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    My kids would love this!

  84. by Lauren Harmon

    On March 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Very cool giveaway! I would love to win!

  85. by Autumn

    On March 27, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    AMAZING!!!!

  86. by Lillian

    On March 27, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I LOVED little critter when I was young!

  87. by susan smoaks

    On March 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    i would love to win!

  88. by Suzie Williams

    On March 27, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    We love Little Critter!

  89. by Chrysteana

    On March 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Ohh my gosh loved little critters when I was young! I’d love for my daughter to read them too!

  90. by Kourtney Eidam

    On March 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

    This contest is now closed. Thanks for playing!