PPBF: Bad Apple’s Perfect Day and a GIVEAWAY!


BONUS! Interview with the author/illustrator below!

Author/Illustrator: Edward Hemingway
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014
Ages: 3-5yrs
Themes: apples, worms, friendship
Opening: The sun was rising. The crickets were chirping. And Mac and Will were getting ready for the perfect day.
Summary: (from the publisher) Mac the apple and Will the worm set out for a perfect day at the watering hole, and although little goes as they plan, friendship, imagination,and a sense of fun make everything turn out fine.


I like this book because: these two charming buds are back with a sequel (Check out my recommendation HERE). I am crazy for the end papers in this one (above), and for the color palette – simply sumptuous! The story promotes all my favorite things: creativity, imagination, story-telling and looking on the bright side of a rainy day. Living in Colorado I actually miss rain (yep!) but this year has been the moistest in the 16yrs I’ve been here. Still, there is nothing like a slate colored sky against green leaves – and apples if you’re lucky!


Resources/activities: read together with Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship; go apple picking at an orchard nearby (for help finding one, click HERE); have your own Perfect Day Picnic; watch the book trailer below

Edward was kind enough to answer a few questions too:

JRZ: I’m going to skip the proverbial ‘what comes first for you as an author-illustrator’ question (unless you’d really like to answer that!), but would you share a bit of how Bad Apple came to be?

EH: I tend to come up with simple ideas/ titles first, and with Bad Apple it was no different. I was trying to convince my friend Brian Floca to come out to an orchard with me and my friend Sara Varon. I told him, “It could be inspirational. You could write a book about the tractors on the orchard, Sara could write a book about the goats, and I could write a book about a…bad apple.” It just came to me like that, and then I said to myself, hey, that’s not a bad idea. Then I started to think about what a “bad apple” could be. I decided it didn’t have to be bad, just misunderstood, and the story flowed from there.

JRZ: Do you use critique partners for your manuscript drafts, illustrations or initial ideas?

EH: Yes. It’s important to have artists and readers in your life with a critical eye, who aren’t afraid to give you honest, constructive criticism. I also like to put work away and come back to it after a week or so and approach it fresh.

JRZ: As you like to paint in oils, how difficult is it if there is an editorial change?

EH: By the time I am working on painted finishes, there is often little room for editorial change, as my sketched finishes are always very detailed. But I have been known to bring a brush to the offices and touch up pages at the request of and in front of my art director…

JRZ: Would you share one piece of advice you have received on your journey that stands out?

EH: ALWAYS be working on your NEXT project. Thanks Maira Kalman for giving me that advice!

JRZ: Is there something else that you do, a hobby perhaps, that you feel influences your writing or illustrating?

EH: I love reading and going to films, what better way is there to hone one’s own storywriting skills than by appreciating others?

*Read an extensive interview with the author/illustrator on Seven Impossible Things – HERE

AND we’ve got THREE copies of Bad Apple’s Perfect Day(courtesy of G.P. Putnam’s Sons)  for a GIVEAWAY! Please comment below with your full name – by 12pmMST on Sept.18th – to enter. I’ll have a random couch potato teen – with earbuds – pick 3 names from a hat (rest assured, full attention will NOT be paid to the picking!) and reveal the winners next Friday, Sept.19th.


Perfect Picture Book Friday is BACK! There are still plenty of selections on a themed and alphabetized list, each with teacher/parent resources, on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.

90 thoughts on “PPBF: Bad Apple’s Perfect Day and a GIVEAWAY!

  1. Well! I must enter this giveaway if the winner is to be picked by a couch potato teen! 😀 Maybe I’ll win one in time for our (meager) apple harvest this year. Last year, we had a bumper crop…our trees were crazy loaded, but we went away for 2 months in the fall and missed it all. So sad; I had visions of making enough apple sauce to last us until 2018. This year, the harvest is miniscule, but I still look forward to some pies and general eating.

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  2. This book is right up my apple, Julie. I mean, I am preparing to make applesauce and apple butter. This book MUST be my destiny. So even if I don’t win it, I shall buy it. It’s a MUST have on the farm. Hmm, couch potato, earbuds and a teen. YUP. I’m in the loop. *wink*

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  3. My favorite part was learning the inspiration for this book. Sometimes it’s the most random, flighty idea that is THE one–as is the case here.


  4. Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful book! I can’t wait to read it, Julie. The fact that the apple’s name is Mac cracks me up. Edward’s advice on “always work on the next project” is great advice!

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  5. Sounds like this sequel is as good as the original! And thanks for the wonderful giveaway. 🙂 I was interested to read in the comments that Teresa’s apple harvest was lousy this year, because the NJ one (my mom’s) is too! Inquiring minds want to know why?


  6. My goodness, you’re popular Julie! Here I am, late to the party, and I had to scroll down for half and hour to find the comment box 🙂 What a wonderful book, and how great to hear from Edward himself about how it came to be. And I like Jilanne’s idea of introducing Mac to Pink Lady 🙂 Thanks for sharing this book which is sure to be as great as its sequel!


  7. Julie – you have one of the best blogs around! I love your banner heading. 🙂 Thanks for an awesome interview – kudos to Edward on taking an idea and turning it into a great book! I appreciate the advice to always be working on the next story. I’d LOVE to win a copy – I do eat an apple a day (hopefully, not a bad one) – please enter me: Vivian Kirkfield

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