Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 23, 2018

Book Giveaway: NO PEACOCKS! by Robin Newman

Author Robin Newman has a new picture book titled NO PEACOCKS! coming out on September 4th. She has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. 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 do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Robin!


Every day Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care
 for them at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But one day, they decide they’re sick of seeds. They make a break for the New York City streets in search of pizza or Chinese takeout. But everywhere they go, they’re told “No peacocks!”

So, they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But 
how are they going to sneak into The Cathedral School’s dining hall and get their wings on the school’s world-famous mac ’n cheese? A little plotting, some stolen disguises, and help from the students, and the mission is a go!

Will the peacocks get their mac ’n cheese? Or will their cover be blown, forcing them to fly the coop? This fictional feathered tale was inspired by the real-life beloved celebrity birds living on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.


I always knew I wanted to write about Phil, Jim, and Harry. Aside from being obviously gorgeous birds, they’re wonderfully fun, quirky, and each one has such a distinct personality. I could hardly contain my excitement when I realized there had only been one book about the peacocks.

Once I had a solid draft, No Peacocks! went through a gazillion rewrites (as did the other two books I had written about the birds) before going to acquisitions three times with three different publishers. On the first two tries, marketing and sales thought the book was too New York centric. (I kept trying to remind everyone that Eloise is New York centric too! Moreover, Phil, Jim, and Harry are not your average birds. They’ve been written up in The New York Times more times than I can count.) Finally, the third time was the charm and my wonderful agent, Liza Fleissig at The Liza Royce Agency, sold No Peacocks! to the amazing Julie Matysik while she was the editorial director at Sky Pony Press in 2016. Fast-forward two years later . . . . Voila! No Peacocks! is finally a book.


It’s not every day that I get the opportunity to interview a peacock, especially one who happens to be a neighborhood celebrity.

KT: Phil, thanks for taking the time to meet with me.

Phil: My pleasure.

KT: So, let’s start at the beginning. How did you, Jim, and Harry end up living on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan?

Phil: Before I get to that, do you have any grapes? It’s a long story and I could use a snack.

KT: Here.

Phil: Thanks! Jim, Harry, and I were not the first peacocks. The first peacocks arrived in the 1980s and were a gift from the Bronx Zoo. There was even a hot peahen. But those peacocks and the peahen didn’t last. In 2002, Jim and Harry arrived, and I came a little later.

KT: And you roam the grounds freely?

Phil: Yes. Every now and then we like to venture down to Amsterdam Avenue or Broadway to try the neighborhood cuisine. We do our best to eat and shop local, even though some of the restaurants and bakeries don’t seem to appreciate our business.

KT: Is that so?

Phil: Sad but terribly true. And our new book, No Peacocks! written by the incredible Robin Newman and illustrated by the awesome Chris Ewald, is about peacock discrimination.

KT: Peacock discrimination?

Phil: That’s what I said. Peacock discrimination.

KT: What peacock discrimination?

Phil: While trying to get a slice of pizza (after all, peacock food day after day, week after week, month after month, can get a little boring), we were rudely asked to leave our local pizzeria simply because we are peacocks.

KT: That’s terrible!

Phil: And it doesn’t even make sense because the pizzeria offers an early bird special. Why offer an early bird special if birds are not allowed to take advantage of the special?

KT: I don’t think “early bird special” means what you think it means.

Phil: And then, to add insult to injury, we were kicked out of The Cathedral School.

KT: Why were you kicked out of school?

Phil: Peacocks are not allowed in the school. What dodo makes up these crazy, feathered-brained rules?

KT: I don’t know. You’d think that a peacock interested in studying would be allowed in school.

Phil: Oh, we didn’t want to study. We wanted the mac ‘n cheese. The school has the best mac ‘n cheese in the world, and we wanted a teeny tiny taste. Is that so much to ask?

KT: Did you get a chance to taste it?

Phil: I can’t tell you. You’ll have to read the book.

KT: Phil, is there one thing in particular that you’d like to share with my writer and illustrator blog readers about No Peacocks!?

Phil: Story ideas are everywhere. From what I understand, Ms. Newman always knew she wanted to write about us (who wouldn’t, after all?), but it wasn’t until she was attending a meeting at the school (ironically the meeting was for the book fair), and someone announced—Did anyone leave a stroller on the porch with a sandwich? Because one of the peacocks just ate it—that she knew the kind of story she was going to write.

KT: That’s quite a story.

Phil: And let me tell you, the book is terrific! I hate to squawk and fly the coop but it looks like some tourists want to take my picture. If you want to hear more about us, Jim is stopping by Darlene Beck Jacobson’s awesome blog on September 6th, Gold from the Dust: Bringing Stories to Life.

KT: I’ll be sure to catch it! Many thanks, Phil.


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 Wilcox & Griswold Mystery Series, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake and The Case of the Poached Egg, as well the picture book, Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, illustrated by Chris Ewald. She lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, and two spoiled English Cocker Spaniels, who are extremely fond of Phil, Jim, and Harry.

Find Robin at:
Twitter: @robinnewmanbook

Thank you Robin for sharing your book and journey with us and thank you Phil. It was very interesting interviewing my first peacock. Looks like this will be another big seller. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,




  1. Just LOVE and have already ordered my digital copy for my iPad! Go, Phil!

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  2. Posted on FB and Tweeted ❤

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  3. This looks so fun! I’m glad that peacock discrimination has finally been addressed! Much success, Robin!
    Thanks, Kathy. I’ve retweeted and posted to facebook.

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  4. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Fly on over to Kathy Temean’s awesome blog to read her interview with Phil, the peacock, and for a chance to win a copy of No Peacocks!


  5. This sounds like a funny, delightful book! I can’t wait to read it! The story of its beginning is equally intriguing.

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  6. I have been impatiently – oops- patiently waiting for this book and am so excited that it is just about here – Congratulations, Robin!! Looking forward to many laughs with this book!

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  7. Looking forward to this one and the interview was a hoot. My kind of humor. Posted on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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  8. What a fun story! I love that the peacocks each have their own personalities.

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  9. LOL. I’ll think of you every time I see the early bird specials! Good luck with this one. 🙂

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  10. What a fun story and great interview. I enjoyed every bit.

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  11. Can’t wait to read this one. Clever as always!

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  12. What a fun story & I love the interview with Phil.

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  13. Love the peacock interview, the premise of the story, and the delightful illustrations. Looks like a winner!

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  14. Ha! This book looks terrific. That interview is so much fun. Thanks for this post. It made my day.

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  15. This book sounds amazing. Quirky and funny and lovable characters! What more could a person want?

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  16. Such fun! I can’t wait to read the entire book!

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  17. Enjoyed Phil’s interview! Look forward to sharing my interview with Harry on Sep. 7! Good luck with your launch party Sep. 6!

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  18. Very cute interview, Robin! I love that you incorporate a kid favorite–mac and cheese!

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  19. I can’t wait to read this book. Love the illo of the peacocks coming up with a plan.

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  20. This plot for a taste of mac n’ cheese sounds hilarious! Can’t wait to read this one!

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  21. Can’t wait for Phil to fly over to my blog and pay a visit. Congratulations Robin! I’m sharing this on FB and twitter.

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  22. This looks utterly charming!!


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