Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 3, 2017

Book Giveaway – MICE SKATING by Annie Silvestro

Congratulations to Annie Silvestro on her second picture book this year – MICE SKATING launching today. Here is the link on Amazon. See bottom of post for your invitation to Annie’s Book Launch Party. You’re all invited.

Annie has agreed to give do a book giveaway. 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 to discover the winner.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

This mouse doesn’t want to stay in the house . . . even if it’s cold outside!
For most field mice, winter means burrowing down and snuggling in. But not for Lucy! She loves snow crunching under her paws and wearing a fluffy wool hat. And most of all, Lucy loves to skate, and she’s just ACHING to show off her new skill with her friends. After all, a winter wonderland is twice as nice when you have friends to enjoy it with. But the other mice just don’t understand—and after a disastrous indoor snowball fight, it looks as if they never will. Can Lucy find a way to make the other mice come out and “mice skate” too?

With intricately detailed illustrations as cozy as a fireplace in December (and a cup of cocoa, too), this funny punny warmhearted love song to winter—and to one brave, bold, and generous mouse—will have kids bundling up for some cold-weather fun of their own.

BOOK’S JOURNEY:

While visiting my parents one day, I noticed a wheelbarrow outside their garage filled with water that had frozen over. It looked like the perfect ice skating rink for a mouse!  I started thinking of mice and ice and the story title popped into my head.

I loved the idea of ice skating mice, but I needed a conflict for the story. Mice don’t come out much in winter – they’re holed up in their warm and comfy homes (or so I’d imagined). My main mouse, Lucy, loves everything about winter. She is determined to get her reluctant friends to join her in the cold, and discovers just the right idea to convince them.

Just like with BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB, the NJ SCBWI was a critical factor in MICE SKATING’s journey to publication.  I brought the story to the June conference in 2014 where I had a critique with my amazing editor, Meredith Mundy, of Sterling Children’s Books. She gave me incredibly insightful feedback and asked me to revise and re-submit it, which I did. Soon after, Meredith made an offer on the book.

It has been a pleasure to continue to work with Meredith and I was thrilled to be paired with Teagan White, who brought the characters to life so perfectly with her gorgeous illustrations. I am so excited that our book is finally out in the world and grateful to all those who made it possible!

ANNIE’S BIO:

Annie Silvestro is a lover of books who reads and writes as much as possible and can often be found shuffling piles of them around so she has a place to sit or someplace to put her teacup. Her picture books include BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB, illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss (Doubleday Books for Young Readers), MICE SKATING, illustrated by Teagan White (Sterling, October 3rd 2017), and THE CHRISTMAS TREE WHO LOVED TRAINS, illustrated by Paola Zakimi (HarperCollins, Fall 2018).

Annie lives by the beach in NJ with her husband and two boys who like to read, and a cat who does not. Visit Annie online at: www.anniesilvestro.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @anniesilvestro

Thank you Annie for sharing your journey with us and offering one lucky winner a copy of your new book, MICE SKATING.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. What a great book! I grew up ice skating and think I would have loved knowing mice skaters.

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  2. Crunching snow, fluffy hats, and a one brave field mouse on skates, this book not only sounds great, it is illustrated beautifully.

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  3. Beautiful.

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  4. I love the palette! Perfect time of year to settle in with this cozy, appealing book.

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  5. Looks cozy and adorable. Congrats!

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  6. Lovely illustrations! Can’t wait to read this!

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  7. Shared on twitter.

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  8. Annie, I’m excited it’s out in the world, too! I can’t wait to see it and am heading to Barnes today to do just that! Oh, the creative mind of a writer when seeing a frozen “pond” in a wheelbarrow 😀 Congrats!!! oxox

    As always, Kathy—sharing on Twitter and Facebook 😀

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  9. How fanciful and fun this looks! Can’t wait to read it.

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  10. Your book looks simply precious Annie! I love puns haha and Teagan White’s illustrations are always stunning. Best of luck with your book launch!

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  11. Congrats to you Annie! I can’t wait to read this book. It was inspiring to hear about this book’s journey.

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  12. What a delight. I loved BUNNY”S BOOK CLUB and know that this will be another winner. I am tweeting, posting on FB and reblogging this great post. Congratulations Annie!

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  13. Reblogged this on Darlene Beck-Jacobson and commented:
    Another delightful picture book from Annie Silvestro (BUNNY”S BOOK CLUB)

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  14. Woohoo! Congratulations Annie! This is such a ‘Gouda’, heartwarming story!

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  15. Wow – this book is beautiful! Congratulations! Just tweeted about the giveaway too 🙂

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  16. Congratulations, Annie!

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  17. Spin, twirl and whirl with delight Annie! So glad MICE SKATING has debuted in the world. Congratulations!

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  18. Congratulations! It looks like a lovely story. My 4 year old daughter really wants to learn to skate this winter so I think she’ll enjoy reading about Lucy!

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  19. What an adorable new book, I’m sure kids of all ages will love it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I pinned an image on Pinterest with a link to this post: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772143067610/, and Tweeted as well: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/915283812493312000. Thanks again, have a great week!

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  20. hooray, annie!!!! 🙂 can’t wait!!!

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  21. I’m SO excited to read this book, it’s ridiculous! =) I also tweeted the give away. https://twitter.com/JenaNBenton/status/915318422417768448

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  22. I love BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB and I have a feeling I’m going to love this one just as much!

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  23. This book looks absolutely enchanting. What a fun idea for a story. Please let someone else win, though, as I have already ordered the book.

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  24. This looks adorable! We can’t wait to read it.

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  25. This looks like another great book, Annie! I love Bunny Book Club and bet this one is just as sweet. Congratulations!

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  26. Love reading about the inspiration behind this story!

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  27. The illustrations came out so sweet to match your perfect story. Congrats Annie!

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  28. Oh my gosh. This book looks adorable! and I’m excited to sell it at the book store. (I’m always looking for a new “go to.”) Yea!

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  29. What a sweet idea of a book. Congrats and wish you success in sales!

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  30. Congrats! Love the word play title and Teagan White’s charming illustrations, and what a great story on the book’s inspiration!

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