Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 20, 2016

Book Giveaway – David Harrison

BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER: Kristi Dee Veitenheimer

I thought you would enjoy the opportunity to win a copy of David L. Harrison’s NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T that came out earlier this year. David has taken his wonderful talent for poetry and used it to tell a story about the creatures in our world.

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. Check back on October 3rd to discover the winner.



Find me
if you can. . .
for if you
I’ll be here
tomorrow . . .

Animals and insects use camouflage to hide from hunters or to ambush prey. Stealth is a very useful technique when it comes to survival. In this fun and informative collection of poems, we meet animals such as the polar bear and the octopus; the ghost crab and the copperhead snake; and many more that use camouflage to hunt or to hide.

Giles Laroche’s intricate cut-paper illustrations are beautiful and life-like. Readers will have to look carefully or run the risk of a hunter sneaking up on them.

Back matter offers additional information about each of the nineteen animals.


Books Journey:

Greetings, Kathy, and thank you for inviting me to your blog today. The story behind my book, Now You See Them, Now You Don’t, began in 2013 when I sent the proposal to Yolanda Scott, editorial director for Charlesbridge Publishing. While Yolanda was considering the proposal, my editor at Boyds Mills Press, Larry Rosler, suggested a similar idea for me to consider. Charlesbridge was first to make an offer and so, with Larry’s gracious understanding, I went with Charlesbridge. Three months later I started a different book (school poems) with Boyds Mills. That title is due for release in 2018.

Yolanda introduced me to Karen Boss and we developed the book together. As a biologist and lifelong nature lover, I saw the idea as a way to explain to readers how animals use their shapes, colors, or habitats to hunt for food or hide from those who hunt for them. I began with a list of creatures that provided good examples. A flounder hides in the sea bottom sand. A copperhead disappears into fall leaves on the forest floor. A fawn hides in plain sight, protected by its dappled hide and lack of scent. A walking stick looks just like its name implies. Karen brought her editor’s instincts to the project, including a keen eye for balance. With her guidance I divided the book into five sections – sea life; reptiles and amphibians; mammals; insects and spiders; and birds. To add to the book’s usefulness in classrooms, I added a 100-word prose piece about each of the seventeen creatures to support the poem and provide additional scientific information.

Then — lucky me! – Charlesbridge landed artist Giles Laroche to illustrate the book. Every illustration Giles makes involves drawing, cutting, painting, and gluing, and many illustrations have seven or eight layers to give the picture a three dimensional look on the page. When Giles came onboard, he had some suggestions of his own to strengthen the collection, which Karen and I were glad to consider. Changes were made here and there as we approached the final drafts of poetry and pictures. Although David and Giles are the names on the cover, Karen’s should be there too. It takes a coordinated team and years of effort to make a book.


Now You See Them, Now You Don’t was released in February 2016, approximately two and one half years after I submitted the idea, and was introduced at the Texas Library Association Conference in Houston. We ran out of books when I was signing so we had to cut off the line. I’m proud of the book and the starred review it received from Kirkus. And I’m delighted to report that the Harrison/Laroche/Boss gang are already far down the road in making the next book come true. I can’t wait to show you the results in a year or so.


David’s Bio:

David Harrison has published ninety-two titles that have earned dozens of honors, including the Christopher Award for The Book of Giant Stories.  His work has been translated into twelve languages, anthologized more than one hundred eighty-five times, and appeared in over eighty magazines and professional journals. In Springfield, MO, David Harrison Elementary School is named for him. His poem, “My Book,” is sandblasted into The Children’s Garden sidewalk at the Burton Barr Library in Phoenix, Arizona and painted on a bookmobile in Pueblo, Colorado. David’s poetry inspired Sandy Asher’s popular, award winning school plays, Somebody Catch My Homework and Jesse and Grace and has been set to music performed for numerous live audiences. In 2007, the Missouri Librarian Association presented David with its Literacy Award for the body of his work. David holds science degrees from Drury and Emory universities and honorary doctor of letters degrees from Missouri State University and Drury University. He is poet laureate of Drury. David lives with his wife, Sandy, a business owner and retired guidance counselor. He is working on many new books.


Thank you David for sharing your journey with us and offering a book to one lucky winner.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Hi Kathy! Your book description is one about A PERFECT HOME FOR A FAMILY, one of my favorites. Sadly, it’s not the right book here. I hope it isn’t too late to make the change. Thanks for posting me and good luck with the giveaway. I’ll be following as we go! David

  2. What a gorgeous, brilliant book. Thank you for sharing, Kathy and David (who I remember well from Chautauqua!). Best to you both!

    • Thank you, Lynne. I remember Chautauqua fondly. Good times there. I’m happy you like my newest title!

  3. What a great idea for a book! I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I tweeted about the giveaway and posted on Facebook, also.

    • Thanks so much. It was a pleasure to research and write, and Giles outdid himself with the art.

  4. I Love this book idea!!!! If I will win, I’m donating it to the NJ Audubon and if I don’t, I’m still going to buy one (for myself) and donate a copy too. Thank you bringing this book to spotlight!

    • Shiela, that’s so kind of you to donate a copy either way. Thank you!

  5. How exciting, David! I can’t wait to read BOTH of your books. As an animal lover, Now You See Them sounds like my kind of book, and the artwork is glorious.

    • Hi Nancy,
      I hope you will enjoy them both. I’m eager to see Giles’s art on the second one. It won’t be long now.

  6. I just put this title on my library hold list. I think it might be perfect for a grand-nephew for Christmas. (Of course, I have to enjoy first.)

    • Well that’s certainly good news! Thanks very much. I hope your nephew (and you!) enjoy the book.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful book. I love David’s poetry and look forward to seeing more of this PB!

    • Thank you, Darlene. For an old biologist, this one was a real pleasure to write. Hope you like it.

  8. This looks like a fun read-aloud in addition to a great resource. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Hi Lindsay,
      I hope you’ll be pleased with the science in it too.

  9. This book looks absolutely wonderful (having had my appetite whetted for it at David’s lovely blog)! I can’t wait to read it. David has such a way with words…and is the sweetest guy!

    • Teresa, lucky for me that I checked this on my way to bed. Now I’ll go to sleep with a smile on my face. Thank you!

  10. This book looks wonderful! Glad to have you on the Charlesbridge team, David!

    • Good morning, Iza, and thank you. I’m delighted to be on it!

  11. Great story behind the book

    • Thank you.

  12. Looks like a great book for enjoying and learning.

    • Hi, Carleen, and thank you. I hope you enjoy the book if you come across it.

  13. I’d love this book for a grandchild. Looks marvelous. Off to FB and Twitter to share.

    • Much appreciated, Carol. Thank you for sharing!

  14. This looks wonderful!

  15. It is the strangest thing in that I met David in 2011 at his first Highlights workshop and spent a total of a few days hanging out in person but through an occasional email as well as my daily perusing of his blog I consider him a friend and have a real affection for David and his family despite a few sparse hours spent in person. Needless to say I would love to win his latest book.

    • Ken, thank you. I feel the same way. And I still remember how you kept coming up with such funny rhymes at the workshop. I know that kids love them too.

  16. Reblogged this on BeverlyAnnMcCall, Author and commented:
    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book of poems.

    • Hi, Beverly,

      Thank you for visiting Kathy’s site and leaving your kind remarks. Much appreciated.

  17. This is a nifty promotional idea. I added a post on my face book account, re-blogged it on my blog.

  18. Hi David Harrison. I am Ryland & Dorothy Shaw’s daughter from CAMDENTON. Glad to see this about u. My daughter, Jennifer Hawthorne, is Director of Development for Tarleton State University in Stephenville TX. You were such an encouragement to her when she was teenager. My son, Daniel Ryland Hawthorne, is Lead I/S Engiineer for Educational Testing Service in Princeton NJ. He recently got his PH.D. Jennifer’s email is & Dan’s is if u would be interested in getting in touch.

    • Donna, it’s a pleasure to hear from you and learn about your wonderful kids. You know that I admired and thought so much your parents. I just sold my property in Camdenton to the city so they can build a community center on that corner. We close next Thursday. I’ll send your daughter and son a note. Thank for their addresses. Fondly, David .

  19. Glad to know David & co. are back at it for another book. This one looks awesome–useful in classrooms, but also for families who want to know more about the natural world. Congrats, David, and thanks, Kathy! I’m sharing this on FB & twitter.

    • Hi Jane! Many thanks for the kind words and for sharing news about my book. It’s doing well and I’m delighted.

  20. Looks like a great opportunity to win one of David L. Harrison’s great books. I am interested in animals that blend into their surroundings, and I’m sure I will learn from and appreciate David’s work. Woohoo! Thanks for this opportunity.

    • Hello, dear Karen! I’m glad the book sounds interesting to you. It was fun to research and write.

  21. Definitely putting this one on my to-read list!

    • Hi Buffy,
      Thanks for adding it to your list. I hope you enjoy it.

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