Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 3, 2018

Book Giveaway: SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK by Patricia Keeler

Author/illustrator Patricia Keeler has a new picture book, SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK. Patricia has offered to do a book giveaway, along with a framed signed original sketch and a pin. SCOOP hits bookshelves on April 3. 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.

BOOK’S DESCRIPTION:

Even ice cream trucks have dreams, and SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK’S dream is to go to the mountains. But his route takes him along the same city streets summer after summer. The neighborhood has changed though, with flashy ice cream trucks bringing new flavors of ice cream like rum raisin and bubblegum, and types of ice cream like dots and flash frozen. No one wants a small vanilla cone anymore. Scoop goes down a lonely street and falls asleep. BOING! BOING! BOING! Scoop’s life and heart is about to be turned upside down by a little girl with a big red ball.

BOOK’S JOURNEY:

I hadn’t yet written SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK when I pitched it to Julie Matysik from Sky Pony at the November 2015 Portfolio Review put on by CBIG (Children’s Book Illustrators’ Group). I was feeling grumpy, because I was the last person Julie would see, and I thought that she would be tired after reviewing book dummies all day. But because I was the last person, we lingered and I talked about a book idea about a retro ice cream truck that couldn’t compete with modern fancy ice cream trucks. Julie seemed to like the idea.

I took dummy pages of SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK to Pat Cummings’ Super Children’s Book Boot Camp at Highlights Foundation. (More about the boot camp at kathytemean.wordpress.com/2015/10/14/camp-highlights)

Pat Cummings helped me arrange the pages to improve the flow of the story. Peter Brown disentangled my randomly placed word bubbles, illustrated word sounds and text boxes.

I’m in an author/illustrator group, Drawn To Picture Books. Critiques were offered from group members Barbara DiLorenzo, Deborah Cuneo, Diana Ting Delosh, Mike Ciccotello and Jason Kirshner. The graphic designs in SCOOP were strongly influenced by Jason’s picture book work.

 

As SCOOP came together, I put the color pages before Karen Romagna, Doris Ettlinger, Lori Keehner and Lisa Falkenstern.

The largest ice cream truck in SCOOP is Giant. He is shaped like a trash collection truck to show how fierce he is, but it wasn’t until Lisa Falkenstern suggested putting an exhaust pipe on top that the illustration gained gravitas.

At a NJSCBWI Conference I connected with Liza Fleissig from the Liza Royce Agency. Soon after, I met with Liza and Ginger Harris in an Upper Eastside restaurant, where we had time to get to know each other and discuss book concepts. I signed with the Liza Royce Agency, and they acquired a two book deal with Sky Pony Press for LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL and SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK.

I love an addition Julie Matysik at Sky Pony Press suggested for SCOOP. It was to add a little heart over Scoop when he becomes enchanted by Spunky. This is the moment when Scoop’s new life begins.

In the journey to develop SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK, what bumped me to the next level was to seek out and listen to the array of talented voices accessible to me. It was a conscious, expensive, and difficult decision to make. I worked to meet new artists, visit new venues, and tried, tried, tried to do what was suggested. It’s harder than it sounds. But by opening up to the possibilities, instead of staying within my comfort zone, I surprised myself with new approaches to my work, and rekindled joy in creating picture books!

PATRICIA’S BIO: 

Patricia has illustrated and/or written several books, including LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL (Sky Pony Press, 2017), DRUMBEAT IN OUR FEET (Lee & Low Books, 2006), CAR WASH (Bebop/Lee & Low Books, 2004), and the eBook RANITA’S STORY (Children’s Book Council, 2013). She was awarded the Christopher Medal for WOULD YOU STILL LOVE ME IF, which won the The New York Book Festival and Best Book Overall Dragonfly Awards. Patricia Keeler creates picture books in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Follow Patricia on Instagram @patriciakeelerbooks, and on Twitter @patriciakeeler. Here is the link for Patricia’s website:  http://patriciakeeler-author-illustrator.com

Patricia, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I can’t wait to read it. If it is anywhere close to your wonderful illustrations and you, I know I will love it and I’m sure the winner will love to read it, too.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Great interview/story. Who wouldn’t love an ice cream truck?

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    • I know, right? The challenge was that the publisher wanted to change the little girl to a boy, because they think girls don’t like trucks!

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  2. Congratulations, Patricia! The book could not be more adorable.

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    • Thanks, forever friend!

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  3. Yay, Patricia! (I worked at Baskin-Robbins back in the day) Maybe I can get a signed copy at NJ SCBWI this year?

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    • Thanks so much for asking that!!! I’ll be signing books at the NJ SCBWI Conference on June 2-3.

      I applied for a job at High’s but they wouldn’t take me. I probably looked kind of shifty at 15 . . . (:

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  4. Shared on FB and Twitter. What a great name for a book and ice cream truck. Love it!

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    • It’s true that name SCOOP came easily. It’s the yep as the final word Scoop speaks that brought about the most discussion. Should one end a book on ‘yep’? I say yep! (:

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  5. Congrats Patricia! You book looks wonderful. I appreciate the insight to the process as well.

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    • You must be an artist! My process feels a little loose these days, but I guess that’s part of letting go . . . And thanks!

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  6. Your new book looks so great–fun and colorful and full of great characters! I loved learning about all the steps to creating it too. Congratulations!!!!!!!

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    • Thanks, girlfriend! So excited to see you Saturday!

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  7. I really like what you said about leaving your comfort zone, Patricia. Best wishes for Scoop the Ice Cream Truck.

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    • I’ve enjoyed looking over your blog and subscribing! Your poetry reads like music! What a wonderful site!

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  8. Bravo Patricia!

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    • Thanks so much for being there for me! Great we’re with LR together. Do you have a new book coming out? I can’t find the information, but I think you do?

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      • My forthcoming PB with Sterling Children’s is called WHEN A TREE GROWS. Will keep you posted as the release day (TBA) approaches. Go Team LRA!

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  9. How adorable! I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!

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    • Hi! I friended you! You have a wonderful art style! I especially like the little girl with the brown pigtails!

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  10. Scoop’s adorable. Just the kind of fun vehicle that kids could relate to. I’d love to have a copy, thanks for the chance to win one.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/981232494702862336, and pinned an image with a link on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772145500785.
    Thanks again, have a great week!

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    • Thanks so much! Yours is a special comment because I don’t think I’ve ever been pinned on Pinterest before! That’s really fun!

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  11. This book will enchant kids, as well as parents and grandparents whose long-ago summer days were happily interrupted by the tinkling ice cream truck bell. I have had an “indie” ice cream truck visit my neighborhood the last two years. It is painted in wild colors, but offers those basic ice cream treats we all remember and love. (I now rush out with bills instead of dimes and quarters…)
    The drawn heart above Scoop is a wonderful visual adding to the “heart” of this story. The spread with all the specialty trucks is full of terrific detail as well as humorous commentary on today’s culture.
    Congratulations to Patricia; may many readers enjoy Scoop’s journey!

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    • Thank you so much for wonderful comments! Makes me feel like I captured some of my memories properly in the art. It’s always a struggle to get it right. In the very end, the one thing Scoop holds on to is his bell. I don’t know why, it just seemed right that he should have it!

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  12. I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia in New York. Such talent. So excited about her new book and can’t wait to read it!

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    • Thanks so much! I really enjoy following your pictures from Florida and your travels. Especially when I’m snowed in, haha! And I’ve heard Florida has an amazing SCBWI!

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  13. Great post! Looking forward to reading the new book!

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    • Your bunnies are beautiful! What an inspiration for The Forgotten Rabbit! Congratulations on your book!

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  14. Love the idea behind this book–can’t wait to read it! As a kid, I couldn’t wait for the Good Humor truck:-) Sometimes plain vanilla is all you need.

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  15. Pat Keeler shows us how to DO children’s books. Not just the creative part (imaginative premise, fun graphics, kid-friendly drawings and lively characters), but the get-‘er-done business part. Her big message: get feedback wherever you can. It takes a village (of artists)… I’m glad I’m part of Pat’s village.

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    • Thanks, girlfriend! I love our get togethers, even though I tend to be the only one having wine at 11 AM, haha! I didn’t last time though – which was a good thing because we really got a lot done!

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  16. What a delight to read all about this, Patricia, and to see so many familiar faces! 😀 Congrats on ALL of this! Scoop is aDORable!!! 😀 😀 😀 oxox

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    • …and what a studio! LOVE it 😀

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    • Us folks at NJSCBWI are a real force, haha! Seems to get more exciting the more folks I meet! Can’t wait for June!

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      • You said it, Patricia! 😀 Hope to actually run into you there!

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  17. Love love love …..an ice cream truck!

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    • Small vanilla cones all around, haha!! And thanks!

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  18. Such a sweet story for kids! Lots of fun and imagination! Love it.

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    • Thanks so much! I love it when inanimate things talk. I kind of feel like all my favorite objects have personalities, haha!

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  19. What a delightful story it would be to read with my children. Thank you so much for sharing your review about the book.. looking forward to read this awesome book

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    • Kathy Temean is amazing! I was with a group of illustrators and we were all talking about the days Kathy was in charge of NJSCBWI and what a great job she did! It continues through her blog. And thanks for your kind words!

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