Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 4, 2018

Book Giveaway: Bagel in Love

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Poor Bagel! He dreams of entering the Cherry Jubilee dance contest . . . but no one wants to be his partner! Can he find a sweet-tart who doesn’t think his steps are half-baked? 
Bagel loved to dance. It made him happier than a birthday cake! And more than anything, he wants a partner who will spin and swirl, tap and twirl with him in the dance contest. But Pretzel sniffs that he doesn’t cut the mustard, Croissant thinks his moves are stale, and Doughnut’s eyes just glaze over. Can a cute cupcake save the day for our would-be Fred Éclair? Witty and pun-filled, this picture book really takes the cake.

BOOK JOURNEY:

My previous agent had been shopping this story about a bagel wanting to enter a dance contest and finding a cupcake to be his partner around since 2004. I always got back notes such as, “the puns are more for adults,” “the romance is too old for kids.” I kept rewriting it because the image of a happy-go-lucky bagel stuck with me, and I thought the bakery puns were funny. So later, between agents, I sent this story to Meredith Mundy who was then at Sterling and she liked it! Meredith worked with me to give the story more heart, and 14 years since I first wrote the story, the book came out.

It was worth the wait. I just adore Helen Dardik’s illustrations and Sterling really got behind the promotion of the book. They made Valentine’s Day cards and stickers which were really fun to share at schools and signings. Helen’s characters and saturated colors inspired me to have a dress designed by a college fashion student so I could promote the book and wear the dress to school visits and book conferences. I got a lot of mileage out of that dress! Bagel In Love’s humor also gave me the confidence to approach Sterling about writing a joke book about food. They said yes, and Lettuce Laugh: 600 Jokes About Food came out in September.

NATASHA’S BIO:

When I was a young girl, I wanted to be a teacher.  I’d line up my stuffed animals – Billy Bear, Boing Boing, Easter Bunny – in front of a board with magnetic letters and numbers and teach them the alphabet and how to count. In high school I wanted to be a tennis player.  I was on the tennis team and played at our neighborhood tennis club in the summers – and even competed in tournaments. Then in college I thought digging dinosaur bones would be a cool job. Or working at a big time advertising agency. It wasn’t until after college, when I was working at my small public relations agency, that I decided I really wanted to write children’s books. I was so inspired by the magic that happens when reading a story that I wanted to see if my active imagination could create magical moments for kids all over the world. So I started writing. Luckily, I sold my first manuscript, Hippity Hop, Frog on Top, in 1992.  I’ve been writing ever since.

I love the freedom of being my own boss, of coming up with ideas on my own, and writing that first draft to see if my idea has any spark. I’m not so crazy about the revising process although there are thrilling moments when I figure out a better way to say something, nail dialog, or work through a complicated plot line. The most exciting moment is when an editor says they want to publish my story.  Then I know all my hard work has paid off, and that soon, children will enter my imaginative world through a book. Check out her website: http://natashawing.com

Natasha Wing has published 36 children’s books, with more in the works. She is best known for her paperback series based on the popular story, The Night Before Christmas. The stories are about families celebrating holidays and other big events in kids’ lives such as the first day of school and losing a tooth. Her titles include The Night Before Kindergarten which has sold more than 2 million copies and has regularly been on bestseller lists since its publication in 2001. When Jackie Saved Grand Central is a narrative nonfiction about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s fight to save the famous train terminal in New York City. The book received starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus, is a Colorado Authors’ League winner, and is also published in Chinese. Natasha lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. She collects squished pennies.

ILLUSTRATOR HELEN DARDIK’S BIO:

Helen Dardik was born by the Black Sea in Odessa, Russia and now works out of Canada. After living in Siberia, studying art & design in Israel, and finally settling in Canada in 1993, she began working as a graphic designer and illustrator. Helen mainly works in digital media, but once in a while watercolor, gouache, oil paint, and embroidery find their way into her repertoire. Her inspiration comes from her 3 little girls, vintage illustration, and her own childhood.

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

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Where’s there’s dancing, I’m in… and bagels as well? Love the clever puns. Can’t wait to see the entire book.

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  2. this is such a cute book, i’d love to see it all –

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  3. love this story and the illustrations are perfection!

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  4. I’m so impressed with the idea that this book was so many years in the making. I’m glad you didn’t give up.

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  5. This is amazing. I’m in!

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  6. This book is a hoot! Can’t wait to read it…and such perseverance is amazing–so glad it resulted in this hilarious book (and a fun dress to boot)! Suddenly I’m craving a bagel….

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  7. I just love Helen’s color palette!

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  8. This sounds like such a fun book. Perfect for snack time! And the illustrations remind me of my favorite childhood game — Candyland 🙂

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  9. This looks so fun! Thanks for offering it. Will FB AND tweet about it!

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  10. What a fun book. Love the puns! And I love your dress, Natasha!

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    • I thought the second thing, I WANT that dress, just to spin in it even once😉

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  11. That’s a great story of perseverance and finding the right editor. And the pastel colors pop off the page! Thanks for sharing your story.

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  12. Looks like a darling book…donut? Haha! Love the illustrations, too! Puns are the best!

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  13. Ha, I love the half-baked joke! Sounds like a fun book from an even more fun author

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  14. What a great story. That should give us all hope. Thanks for the post. I LOVE the dress!

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  15. What a fun-looking book. We’d love to get this for our shelf at home.

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  16. LOVE the story! LOVE Natasha’s back story. And I totally LOVE the dress! Great post!!! Thank you!

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  17. Looks like such a fabulous book !

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  18. Congrats for persevering and giving other writers hope! Good luck with this title.

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  19. This book brings me joy!

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  20. So cute and colorful!

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