Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 16, 2018

Book Giveaway: CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS by David L Harrison

Three weeks ago I posted about David L Harrison’s has new book, CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS. Unfortunately, I was sick in bed for most of April and I messed the feature up and didn’t realize my mistake until a few days ago. I wanted to share the post the way it should have been shown in April. I will pick the winner on Thursday. Everyone who left a comment in April for David’s book will have their comment counted for the book and if you want to leave a comment on this post, I will add it for another chance. If you didn’t see April’s CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS, all you have to do 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 Thursday.

BOOK’S DESCRIPTION:

This collection of laugh-out-loud poems explores the daily life of insect students and staff at Crawly School for Bugs.

Welcome to Crawly School for Bugs! Termites, stink bugs, gnats, and every insect in between attend this buzzy school where crickets take classes like “How to Be Annoying in 4 Easy Steps.” Some students struggle with the temptation to eat fellow classmates, while others deal with a mosquito nurse who always wants to draw blood, or attempt to make friends despite their own microscopic size. With funny illustrations by Julie Bayless, these humorous poems by award-winning author David L. Harrison are perfect for poetry fans and bug enthusiasts alike.

BOOK’S JOURNEY:

You might say that CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS became inevitable back in 1992. That’s when SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK, my first book of school poems, was published. I was lucky. HOMEWORK went into second and third printings within months. Kirkus gave it a starred review. I got lots of strokes. And of course I started right away to create another collection of school poems.

Although it was nine years in the making, a sequel titled THE MOUSE WAS OUT AT RECESS eventually made it into print in 2003, eleven years after HOMEWORK.

Fast forward another ten years to 2013. I got a new urge to write school poems, but this time, to make it different, I proposed to my editor that all the poems be for two or more voices – partner poems.

I finished the new manuscript. He liked it, but he retired and a new editor took over. She did not like it and said I needed to start over with a different twist, perhaps make it a school for bugs. Two voices? She didn’t see the point. I had a pity party but tried to act grown up about it and finally sat down to consider my new editor’s suggestions.

She was right! Her instinct was good. I discarded the entire first manuscript and started over with an all new cast of characters that attended a school for bugs. My new editor liked it. I tweaked and revised per her sensibilities until we were ready. I got a contract. Then she quit.

My third editor liked the poems a lot, except for several that she did not. Months of tweaking and revising later, I had satisfied my third editor. Then she quit.

My fourth editor came on shortly before CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS came out. As far as I know, she likes it just the way it is.

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 Homeworkand 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.

http://davidlharrison.com
http://davidlharrison.wordpress.com

Thank you David for sharing your book and journey with us. It looks like such a fun book. Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. The book sounds awesome, but the journey to get there sounds like it definitely took some persistence. Way to persevere!

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    • Thank you, Lindsay. Sometimes the back story is the best part! This book definitely wanted to get published!

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  2. You tell it how it is, David! Kudos for your honesty, passion, talent and dedication! Looking forward to “Crawly School for Bugs.”

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    • Good morning, Wendy, and thank you. Crawly is getting off to a good start even though it doesn’t have its first reader review yet. I appreciate you kind remarks.

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  3. What a tale of persistence! Betting that at least parts of those two voice poems will find a home somewhere, too. 🙂

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    • Hi, Wendy! You can rest assured that I’ll find homes for some of those poems! That would only be poetic justice.

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  4. Kids love bugs! This sounds like a fun book to read to my class. =)

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    • Thank you, Jena. I read a few of the poems Monday to 560 K-2 kids and they laughed a lot. I took that as a good sign, mainly because their teachers were laughing too.

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  5. I just love this book. I think it may be my favorite of David’s collections. No need to enter me for the giveaway. I have a copy. Glad to see the word being spread.

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    • Rosi, I’m delighted that you like this new offering. I look back at its bumpy road to publication and am glad I didn’t give up in disgust. But when you’re right, you’re right, and the editor who suggested starting over and going with bugs was right.

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  6. Wow. What a backstory! This collection sounds perfect for young kids and teachers who teach insects!

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    • Good morning, Tina. One of my favorites in the collection is, “A Horsefly’s Grade Card: Doesn’t Play Well With Others.” Kids start smiling before they get to the poem. The title tells it all.

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  7. What a hysterical history to publication (only in retrospect I’m sure). I look forward to the release of your new book!

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    • Hi, Chrissa. Now that the book finally made it, I’m tempted to write an article about the back story. Maybe no one else would think it was funny, but I do (in retrospect).

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  8. OMG — what fun!!! Best of luck with this! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Lynne, thank you for the good wishes. I hope you’ll tell others about this one. The poor thing deserves a break after fighting so hard to get here!

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  9. Good grief, that’s a lot of coming and going for one book of school poems! Glad your bugs made it to see the light of day, David. Congratulations!

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    • Good grief is right, Michelle! I hope the three editors who resigned didn’t do it because my poems drove them buggy.

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  10. Thanks for sharing your journey. Love the book title!

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    • Thanks! I love the art by Julie Bayless. She did an outstanding job of catching the spirit of the poems and adding value to each one.

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  11. Hi David
    Every aspiring author should read your description of your book’s journey- especially the part about editors leaving and being replaced by a new person who does not love what the former one did.
    It is all so much a part of the crap shoot of publishing.
    Your new book sounds simply delightful!
    I am going to hunt it down!

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    • Hi, Julia. Well said. The crap shoot of publishing was represented at its best in this particular journey (which took five years). On an earlier book I went through three editors, two artists, and two art directors. That one was a true circus.

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      • There really is never a standard path to publication, is there? One book gets picked up instantly, another book, like yours (or Jane & Heidi’s “You Nest Here With Me”) takes more than 10 years! Congratulations on this newest accomplishment!

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  12. It is no wonder, with your experience, knowledge and writing flexibility, that the book is a masterpiece by what I saw David. To hear you describe the story in person is a whole ‘nother level of agonizing-funny-frustration!

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    • Thank you, Janine. I was happy you came and brought your daughter. You read the Grump poem beautifully. Thanks again!

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  13. It’s inspiring to hear about your persistence, David. What a long journey for this book, which sounds great. Maybe you are mimicking some of those “bugs”, some of which don’t give up. I’m thinking mosquitos! Thanks for telling the story!

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  14. Thank you for sharing this book’s journey. Patience, perseverance, and professionalism are the words that describe you.

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    • Or stubborn old poop might do it too. I like your version better, Kathy. Thank you for offering it!

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