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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  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?

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  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!

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  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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