Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 12, 2018

Book Giveaway: EVEN SUPERHEROES MAKE MISTAKES by Shelly Becker & Book Winners

Author Shelly Becker has a new picture book titled, EVEN SUPERHEROES MAKE MISTAKES. It is available in bookstores now. Shelly 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 Shelly!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

What do young superheroes do when they’ve blundered and bungled? They don’t get mad; they get SMART! This fun follow-up to Even Superheroes Have Bad Days teaches kids another humorous lesson in overcoming adversity.

Even superheroes sometimes slip up and err. And when that happens, do they say, “It’s not FAIR?” or give up in despair? NO! “Ashamed Superheroes who goofed up somehow . . . First STOP . . . then CONSIDER what’s best to do now.”  Whether they’ve nabbed the wrong guy by mistake or bashed into a planet while zooming through space, all superheroes ‘fess up their mess-up, get on with their day, and keep on saving the world in the most super way!  EVEN SUPERHEROES MAKE MISTAKES by Shelly Becker is super fun!

BOOK’S JOURNEY:

When I decided to write Even Superheroes Make Mistakes as a follow-up to Even Superheroes Have Bad Days, I expected it to be relatively easy. After all, I had Book 1 as a model and all I had to do was follow the same structure, plugging in concepts relevant to mistake-making in place of bad-day-having. Or so I thought.

For me, getting the first draft down is the most important part of the writing process. A completed first draft represents hope. It gives me something to work with and gets me excited to dig into revisions. Sometimes the first draft flows quickly and easily in a matter of hours. Other times, it takes months or years of attempts and frustration. The hardest part of writing Even Superheroes Make Mistakes was the first draft. Trying to follow the same pattern as the first book added a new layer of limitations, in addition to the already significant limitations of writing in rhyme. Over a period of months, I amassed a mess of notes, words, phrases, and couplets that didn’t come together to form any type of coherent first draft.

Mulling over these challenges, I realized I’m the author (duh!) and I could write the book any way I wanted! It didn’t have to follow the exact same pattern as Book 1. This epiphany gave me the creative freedom I needed. Much to my delight, from that point on, it didn’t take long to form a workable first draft. I was super-relieved and ready to dive into revisions. Looking back, I find it ironic that while I was writing Even Superheroes Make Mistakes, any tiny variation from the structure of Even Superheroes Have Bad Days seemed massive. But in reality, the structural differences between the two books are so subtle, I doubt the casual reader would even pick up on them.

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying sharing Even Superheroes Make Mistakes when I visit schools and libraries. I ask audience members if they’ve ever made a mistake. Most, if not all, immediately raise their hand! I then share some of the ways I’ve felt after making a mistake; embarrassed, hoping nobody noticed, wanting to hide, looking for someone or something to blame, etc. Again, most audience members raise their hands and nod to show they know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s thoroughly rewarding to share the messages that everyone makes mistakes,  and that life is about making mistakes and learning from them. Even though the writing process for Even Superheroes Make Mistakes was tough, I’m glad I stuck with it. Quitting would have been a big mistake!

SHELLY’S BIO:

Shelly is the author of Sterling’s EVEN SUPERHEROES HAVE BAD DAYS (a 2018 Blue Spruce Award Nominee), which KIRKUS called “an action-packed romp,” and MINE! MINE! MINE!, which has been included in many “top 5” and “top 10” lists of books to teach the concept of “sharing” over the years. In addition, she’s the author of more than 15 children’s novelty books.

She has four SUPER children and one SUPER granddaughter. Although she does not not have a cape or laser-vision, she knows how it feels to have a bad day and try to use my inner super-powers to react in a positive way. She hopes her books will encourage readers of all ages to do the same.

Shelly lives in Toronto, Canada. 

Thank you Shelly for sharing your book and journey with us. I love the hi-jinx. It looks like a fun picture book. Good Luck!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Kathy, this is a great book! I am glad you are featuring it. I already own it, so don’t add me to the drawing. Just had to add my two cents! 🙂

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  2. Kathy, this loos amazing! Please add me!

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  3. I have the first book and can’t wait to get the second! Best of success to you!

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  4. What I cute book! I definitely want to add it to the family library.

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  5. This is an interesting post. I love the – I’m the author – epiphany. We can write it however we want/need to write it.

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  6. Love the meta of you fearing that a new pattern for book 2 could be a mistake. Nice ‘bonus’ story when doing book talks that I’m sure students appreciate (along with relating to the book itself so readily).

    I’ve enjoyed this book enough already (prior to this post) to reference/suggest it in a kidlit activity set I wrote. If you’re curious, see http://bit.ly/BI4YM and click on the Triple Dips category for unit 2: school, special needs, & everyday heroes.

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  7. What a wonderful book! I know my grandchildren would love it!

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  8. Wow! This truly looks amazing, and can’t wait to read it for myself and to my grandson.

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  9. This book sounds incredible! I don’t know how I’ve missed it so far, but I’ll correct that soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Looking forward to reading this book! Congratulations and love this interview and backstory!

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  11. This looks adorable! I tweeted and FB’d. thanks.

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  12. I somehow missed the first book. Now I’m looking forward to reading both of them!!

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  13. I love the idea of this book! The superheroes look so human I can really feel for them. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    I pinned an image on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772148692982/, and posted a link on Twitter: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1072927761675636736.
    Thanks again, have a great day!!

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  14. This book sounds like just the thing for upcoming birthday gifts for my great-nephews. The cover illustration shows a dog-walker and the superhero entangled in the leashes. My daughter might also enjoy this book since she’s a dog-walker.

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  15. This looks like a super fun book that I would love to own!

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  16. This looks adorable! Congratulations and thank you for the great post. Always love to hear about the process the author goes through.

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  17. So glad you worked out getting your first draft done! Can’t wait to read this one!

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  18. Looks like a great book!

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  19. Sounds like such a fun book that everyone can relate too. And I love your epiphany!

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  20. It’s amazing how we can sometimes box ourselves in creatively. SO glad you realized you could punch a whole through it, Shelly! And this is SUCH an important message to instill in children (and adults!) 😀

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  21. These are such important lessons for kids to learn!

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