Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 21, 2019

Book Giveaway: THE REAL FARMER IN THE DELL

Author Sandra Sutter has a new picture book titled, THE REAL FARMER IN THE DELL. illustrated by Chantelle and Bergen Thorne. It is availabe in bookstores now. Clearfork 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 THE REAL FARMER IN THE DELL!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Everyone thinks they know the story of the Farmer in the Dell. But do they really? One little mouse knows the truth and he’s ready to spill the beans. Take a seat in the saddle and hold on to your hat when you open the book and read all about it here. This real-life story will make you question what else might not be true, depending on who’s doing the telling.

BOOK JOURNEY:

From the author, Sandra Sutter:

The story was inspired by a simple question from my son, who was four at the time, about the farmer taking a wife. When I explained that was the way the song went, I decided . . . well, that could all be different. The part of me that likes to challenge assumptions took over, and the next thing I knew, the farmer wasn’t a farmer and the farmer wasn’t a man.

Much of the basic format of the story was in the first draft, but it also had one major flaw; it lacked a good narrator. I played around with different ways to tell the story until my little mouse appeared one day, and from then on it was his story to tell. I was delightfully surprised when Chantelle and Burgen shared their first sketches and brought the mouse to life in a way I never thought possible. I knew immediately that they were the perfect fit for this book. Not to mention, they are incredibly talented and I couldn’t be more happy to work with them. (And guess what? We will be working together again on another “scary fun” project this year!)

From the illustrators, Chantelle and Burgen Thorne:

What’s real? What a great question! Is anything really ever true, or is the truth a matter of perspective?

We just fell in love with Sandra Sutter’s story of The REAL Farmer in the Dell and we were super-excited to work on it with dream Art Director/acquiring editor of Spork Mira Reisberg (founder of Children’s Book Academy).

Here’s our visual cue: we illustrated the mouse slightly differently to the people – he’s furry, soft and natural-looking with big eyes – the people are more stylised and simplified. Will the reader ask why? We hope so!!

When we presented the first sketches of the pages, we’d included a faded cream to show colour areas. Mira picked up on this immediately and encouraged us to go for a washed-out palette of sun-bleached tones that create the perfect feeling of the dusty West where our story is set. We’re so happy with how this limited colour palette worked out!

As we both come from a graphic design background, we liked the idea of including hand-written text as part of the story – especially since Mouse is editing and presenting his own version! As we went along, Mira suggested we use more of Mouse’s sketchy handwriting – every time he said his emphatic ‘LIKE THIS!’

We’ve had a great time creating the illustrations for The Real Farmer in the Dell and we’re so excited to see how everyone likes the book! Please comment on our posts on FaceBook, Instagram or Twitter and let us know your thoughts…

SANDRA SUTTER BIO:

Sandra Sutter has worn many hats, including counselor, attorney and now children’s book author. She is also a wife, mother, and master finder of silver linings. Originally from the beautiful Front Range of Colorado, Sandra now lives in the heart of horse country outside of Lexington, Kentucky. An active imagination and two young children give her pleanty of inspiration to write stories, research fun facts, and chase new dreams. Find out more about her at www.sdsutter.com

CHANTELLE and BERGEN THORNE BIO:

Chantelle and Burgen live in blissful country idyll with their motley furry (and feathered) family of ducks, chickens, horses, goats, dogs, cats, pigs and geriatric bunnies. In the last few years they decided to (literally) put their heads together and collborate on their illustrations and the result is their best work so far! On meeting new people, they take turns at answering the question ‘what do you do for a living?’ because they each get such a kick out of saying ‘we illustrate for kids!’

PS There are some cool colouring in pages to download off Clear Fork’s website!! You can also order copies directly here: 

https://www.clearforkpublishing.com/store/p136/TheREALFarmerintheDell.html

 https://www.facebook.com/chantelleandburgenthorne/

Instagram at: @chantelle_burgen

  https://twitter.com/chantelleburgen

website:
https://chantelleandburgen.wixsite.com/chantelleandburgen

Thank you Sandra, Chantelle, and Burgen for sharing your book and process with us. It looks like so much fun. Please note winner must live in the US due to mailing costs.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. I love the illustration previews for this book! Great job Sandra Sutter, Chantelle and Burgen Thorne!

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    • Thank you, Adriana!! We had a great time doing the illustrations for this book so we’re very happy you like them!

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    • Thank you, Adriana! It was a blast working with Chantelle & Burgen. We are so happy that Kathy Temean shared it with you here.

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  2. Thanks Kathy for featuring our book and organizing this book giveaway – much appreciated. Good luck, everybody!

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  3. Reblogged this on Site Title and commented:
    The Real Farmer in the Dell book giveaway is happening right now on Kathy Temean’s blog – ‘Writing and Illustrating’. Head on over to Kathy’s blog for the details. Good luck!!

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  4. What a great idea for a book!

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    • It was loads of fun to write! Thanks!

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  5. I love when books provide a different take on a familiar children’s song, nursery rhyme, or story. It just adds another element to something children may already know and keeps the fun going. You can read the original first then the new story. Many lessons to be learned comparing and contrasting.

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    • Thanks, Ashley! I had fun coming up with ideas to match the new setting, while also finding words consistent with the familiar tune.

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  6. It’s marvelous! Congrats Sandra, Chantelle and Bergen.

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  7. From a fellow Front Ranger in Colorado, congrats!

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    • Nice to meet you, Natasha! It’s been years since I lived there but I love getting to visit (my mom and MIL still live there, and my husband and I are both CSU grads!)

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  8. I love learning more about you and your book here, Sandra! Another fellow former attorney! Sharing on Twitter! Congratulations. 🙂

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    • I like to say ‘recovering attorney’, which also blends nicely with having been a former addictions counselor, too. Thanks for your support, Wendy!

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  9. love the illustrations!!

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    • Chantelle & Burgen are a dream team to work with! Thanks!

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    • Thank you so much, Anitha! We had a great time creating the art for this fun book

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  10. What a fun new look at an old classic. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1108760347140345856, and pinned an image on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772149995216.
    Thanks again, have a great day!!

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  11. What a fun story, Sandra. Congratulations on your clever book. Mouse is an adorable narrator. Love the art.

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  12. This sounds charming!

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  13. A clever story and vibrant illustrations make this book a winner!

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  14. What a fun, intriguing book! Can’t wait to find out what mouse has to say, & what secrets he’s been keeping 🙂

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    • I hope you love it! He has a few secrets to tell. Shhhh..

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  15. This book looks so fun! Rodeo!!

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    • Who doesn’t like a rodeo, right?

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  16. I love that mouse is the narrator! I’m really looking forward to reading this fun book! Congrats, Sandra!
    I tweeted this post @jkspburg

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  17. I’m thrilled to read about Sandra’s journey and the illustrating dynamic duo and wife husband team of Chantelle and Bergen! Congrats to all! The book looks amazing and I’m anxious to read the creative retelling from the mouse’s POV!

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  18. how cute is this? 🙂

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  19. This looks like such a fun book. Thanks for telling me about it.

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  20. This looks like fun. I love the way t was conceived by the author and how the illustrator brought it to life! Thanks for a chance to win.

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    • Thanks, and good luck!

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  21. So excited for this book! It has been on my radar for awhile! LOVE the writing AND the illustrations so much!

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    • Thanks, Phyllis! You have such lovely artwork as well!

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    • Thanks Phyllis! That’s very kind of you to say 🙂

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  22. Congrats! I love the premise!

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    • Thanks, Tina!

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  23. Love it, and what an interesting ‘backstory’!

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  24. Thank you, Kathy, for supporting this book and all of us who were part of bringing it to the world!

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  25. I love this spin. I also loved seeing my favorite breed of horse, an Appaloosa going off to the rodeo. Looks like a really fun read and the illustrations are so lively.

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    • Chantelle & Burgen are a dream illustration team! I love the horses too!

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    • Yahooo!! Glad you like the illustrations – and the appaloosas!

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  26. I love books that have parts you can sing! They’re so attention-grabbing!

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  27. What a clever and adorable book. Good luck to you, Sandra!

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