Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 20, 2016


Author of THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE:A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery, Robin Newman has agreed to do a book giveaway for her second book, HILDIE BITTERPICKLES NEEDS HER SLEEP that came out earlier this year.

All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Please make sure you check back on August 10th to discover the winner. Make sure I’m able to find your contact information, in case your name is drawn.


Hildie Bitterpickles is a witch who needs her sleep. Her quiet neighborhood has been turned upside down with the sudden arrival of the old woman in her shoe, big bad wolf, and other fairy tale characters. What will Hildie have to do to get a quiet night’s sleep?

The Daily Witch Interviews Hildie Bitterpickles

Rocky Raccoon, reporter for the The Daily Witch, caught up with Hildie Bitterpickles this morning at The Magic Potion for a fiery cup of dragon breath, some crunchy bat fritters, and the latest witch news.  

RR: Thanks so much for flying over to meet with me.

HB: Any time Rocky.

RR: I’ll get straight to it. We’ve heard through the worldwide spider web that you’ve been having some problems with your neighbors.

HB: It’s true. My cat, Clawdia, and I go to bed at 7:00 pm sharp. That’s not 7:01 pm or 7:02 pm, but 7:00 pm exactly. The neighbors have made it very difficult for us to get to sleep.

RR: Well, what have they done?

HB: First, there’s this rude giant with a beanstalk elevator that goes CLANGITY CLANK CLUNK all night long. Then, there’s this crazy old lady who lives in a shoe with a GAZILLION children. Why would anyone live in a shoe with a GAZILLION children? But do you know what these children keep doing? They play baseball—ALL NIGHT LONG.

RR: That’s it?

HB: Of course not. Do you see my house over there?

RR: Is it the one without a roof?

HB: And do you know why it doesn’t have a roof?

RR: I have a feeling you’re going to tell me.

HB: Some pig just moved into a new brick house.

RR: That doesn’t sound so bad.

HB: But this pig didn’t come alone. He came with a wolf. Guess what this wolf did?

RR: Did he HUFF and PUFF?

HB: He HUFFED and PUFFED and blew the roof off of my house!

RR: That sounds terrible. What awful neighbors!

HB: Look at my poor Clawdia. She’s been turned into a fur ball of nerves.

RR: So what are you going to do about it?

HB: I’m moving. Good riddance neighbors. And I contacted this incredible picture book writer, Robin Newman, to tell my story. She’s got a thing for witches. I also enlisted the help of this awesome illustrator, Chris Ewald, to do the drawings. All the witches I know have been raving about his work. They said his sketches will take off 100 plus years. He doesn’t even include the warts. Can you believe that?

RR: So, when will this picture book be ready?

HB: It’s already done. Robin and Chris finished the book while we were chatting. Aren’t they the best? Love them!

Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep (awesome title, right?) is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local indie.

HB: Hey, can I ask you a question?

RR: Sure.

HB: Aren’t you a reporter for The Daily Boc?

RR: I work both beats. Have been covering this story for The Daily Boc about a poached egg named, Penny. Captain Griswold and Detective Wilcox are close to cracking the case.

HB: And have you been over to Kathy Temean’s blog?

RR: Of course! Kathy has one of the best blogs for children’s writers and illustrators out there. And she works on web design too! Have you seen the website she designed for Robin? Check it out:

HB: I bet Kathy might like these bat fritters. Why don’t we bring her some?

RR: Brilliant!

HB: Want a broom ride?



Robin Newman was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She is the author of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books 2015); The Case of the Poached Egg, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books Spring 2017); and No Peacocks! illustrated by Chris Ewald (Sky Pony Press Fall 2017). She lives in New York, among many noisy neighbors, and spends many weekends strangely obsessing about witch weathervanes.

Find Robin at:
Twitter: @robinnewmanbook

And be sure to check out the Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep book trailer!

Robin, thank you for sharing your success with us. Looking forward to THE CASE OF THE POACHED EGG: A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery coming out next year.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Ha! Love the interview! So much fun ! Lol! Congrats and well done 🙂


  2. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Please stop by Kathy Temean’s AWESOME blog for a chance to win a copy of Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep and learn more about Hildie Bitterpickles in her exclusive interview with The Daily Witch.


  3. hahaha! Hildie Butterpickles is a witchy character I wish lived next door! I could watch her fly by out my window by the moon! Thanks for creating such a great character!


  4. Yay, I’ve been looking for this book but haven’t crossed paths with it yet! Fingers are crossed!
    Retweeting Robin’s post about this giveaway too!


  5. a fun filled story about a “good witch”. Hildie would make a great neighbor.


  6. I’d love a broom ride! Thanks for such a fun interview with Hildie and Rocky Raccoon! Looking forward to reading the Griswold & Wilcox mystery too.


  7. Excellent interview! And congratulations!


  8. Any book with a character named Hildie Bitterpickles is a must have! Add in the cover illustration of a worried red-head sitting in bed (which reminds me of my daughter, and she would be secretly pleased to be a witch) and now this book is more than must have! Great interview!


  9. Robin’s books are SO great and I canNOT say enough about Chris Ewald’s gorgeous illustrations! It’s so nice seeing Robin here, Kathy! 😀 And I have to say, this is one of the BEST interviews I have EVER read. I’m wondering if the ww-spider-w has fewer glitches, too!


  10. This book sounds like so much fun to read and share! Just put it on my library list. Thanks!


  11. This book looks adorable! I love her name, “HILDIE BITTERPICKLES!” So cute! 🙂


  12. The kind of light-heartedness we ALL need these days! Thanks and keep writing!


  13. Looks like a great title to add to my classroom library!


  14. Such an entertaining interview with Hilde!


  15. Love Hildie Bitterpickles!!


  16. I love Hildie Bitterpickles. So fun!


  17. Would love to share this with our students at Creek View Elementary!


    • Good luck, Jackie! By the way, if you’re interested, I’d be happy to do a Skype visit with your students.


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