Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 31, 2011

Kudos and Winner

HEADS UP: You can now pre-order BOY + BOT written by our own Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino.

I was there from the beginning.  I heard the story in a First Page Session.  Was there for the first agent rejection.  I knew he was making a big mistake, because it is a perfect picture book – funny, sweet, with a delightful twist.  I was there when Ame signed with agent Scott Treimel found at a NJSCBWI June Conference.  Then the sale and the great addition of Dan Yaccarino.

Anyone who meets Ame is super happy for her success.  She is as much fun as her book.

Ame and Dan are coming out to the 2012 NJSCBWI Conference to talk about the process.  I am hoping I can get her agent and editor to agree to join them.  I think it would be great to hear the whole story from beginning to end, from each person’s perspective.

Here is a little bit about the book:

One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods.

They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he’s sick. The usual remedies—applesauce, reading a story—don’t help, so Boy tucks  the sick Bot in, then falls asleep.

Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all hisremedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him?

Of course, Ame & Dan will be signing BOY + BOT book at the Conference Bookfair in June.

Congratulations Ame!

PS: Ame is conducting a workshop at our free Craft Day on November 5th.

Back in April I posted this contest for Leeza Hernandez’s new illustrated book: Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes For Hungry Minds written by Ann McCallum (Charlesbridge) releases in July.  Leeza had three advance copies up for grabs!

All you had to do is tell us how old Leeza was when she took her O-Level math exam at high school—the mild equivalent to the American SATs. Was she: A) 14? B) 15? or C) 16?

Well, the answer was 15 yrs. old.   Both of us got busy, so we are just getting around to declaring the three winners.   

Leeza wrote down all the names of the people with the correct answers on little pieces of paper and threw them in the air.  The three people who were picked up off her floor where… drum roll please.

Donna Taylor
Darlene Beck-Jacobson
Rosi Hollinbeck

If you are a winner please e-mail me your address, so Leeza can mail them out to you.

Here is a little bit of Information about Leeza’s book:
This collection of yummy recipes and fun math facts is sure to tempt taste buds and make you hungry for more. Explore patterns in nature while you chomp on Fibonacci Stack Sticks. Amaze your friends with delicious Variable Pizza Pi! Wash down your geometry assignment with some Milk and Tangram Cookies. Topics covered include probability, Fibonacci numbers, tessellations, variability, and more.

Leeza will be leading a craft workshop for our Craft Day November 5th.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Who? ME? I WON something?! I’m shocked! lol Why couldn’t the lottery be this easy? 😉 lol Anyway, believe it or not, I completely forgot about this contest and was so swept up by desire, I purchased a copy from Leeza at the conference! LOL That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t appreciate another copy to actually give to some young person who could actually benefit by it (since the one I bought was for ME! lol) 🙂 Yay!


  2. Wow. How cool. Thanks. I’m thrilled to have won. To what email address do I send my email address?


  3. WOW, Kathy! Thanks for the book news love! Are Boy, Bot, and I lucky to have you? “AFFIRMATIVE!”


  4. Hi Kathy, I’ve tried and tried to send you an email through your author page and consulting page, but they keep being kicked back to me. Please contact me at so I can send my address.


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