Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 9, 2019

BOOK GIVEAWAY: BUBBLE WRAP GIRL by Kari van Wakeren

Kari van Wakeren has a picture book, BUBBLE WRAP GIRL. It is illustrated by CA Nobens. They have 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 Kari and Cheryl!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Once upon a time a little girl asked her mom for a Band-Aid. She often got hurt and her mom asked her if she should wrap her in bubble wrap.  She told her mom No! but that day inspired a woman named Kari to write a book that would encourage her children and children everywhere that they could do hard and great things—no matter the bumps and bruises they experienced in life.

In her sensitive and endearing read, Kari van Wakeren introduces readers to a little girl who is tired of getting hurt. No matter what Izzy does: climbing on the play set, playing games, playing soccer, she would get hurt. She would hurt her funny bone, stub her toe, hurt herself slipping on the grass. So finally, her parents had the idea to wrap her in bubble wrap. Although the accidents stopped, life got harder.  She couldn’t play soccer as well, ride her bike as fast, or throw food as far to the ducks in the park.

Will Izzy continue to cover herself with bubble wrap or will she learn a valuable life lesson to get up, brush yourself off, and start all over again?

According to van Wakeren, the message of Bubble Wrap Girl is also for parents as they send their kids to school or out into the world.

“As much as we might want to ‘wrap them up in bubble wrap’ and prevent them from getting hurt, it’s so much more important to give them tools to help them find the strength within them to overcome obstacles, take (appropriate) risks, and be confident in who they are so they can be vulnerable and learn from their mistakes rather than sit on the sidelines of life because they might get hurt.”

 

BOOK JOURNEY:

Bubble Wrap Girl is about a girl named Izzy Magee, who gets hurt doing lots of things she enjoys. Like most kids, she doesn’t like getting hurt, so one day, her parents wrap her up in bubble wrap. While wrapped in bubble wrap, Izzy doesn’t get hurt as often, but she realizes she can’t do the things she likes to do either. Eventually, she decides that having fun and trying new things is better than trying not to get hurt.

The book was inspired by my daughter when she was four years old. She often got hurt, and one day, when she came asking for another bandaid, I asked her if I should just wrap her up in bubble wrap. She immediately said no, but I knew a story had been born. I wrote it to encourage her, my son, and kids everywhere that they could do hard and great things, no matter what bumps and bruises they experience in life.

I wrote this story to encourage kids to try new things, be brave, and to show them that they can do hard and great things. It’s a story that celebrates resilience and the inner-greatness that is inherent in each of us. I want all kids -regardless of who they are, where they come from, or what their situation is at home- to hear this message. It’s my hope that it’s one that they will remember and that will sustain them as they face things like mean girls, put downs, being cut from a team, moving to a new school, or feeling like they don’t fit in.

As I tell kids whenever I have the chance to share Bubble Wrap Girl with them, bumps and bruises of all kinds will happen as we journey through life. But we each have what it takes within us to bounce back, keep on going, and do great things. Sometimes, that great thing may be trying a new activity. Sometimes it may mean standing up to a bully or doing what’s right, rather than easy. And sometimes it will mean believing in yourself enough to let your light shine, not giving in when others try to subdue it.

Although I had the idea in my head for awhile before I finally put pen to paper while on a flight several years ago. After that, I tweaked the manuscript a bit, and I spent a lot of time researching my publishing options.

As I was trying to find a publisher, I explored several publishing companies. Through my research, I learned that most traditional publishers only work with authors who have an agent. There are many online options for self-publishing, but some of them felt more like a sales pitch than someone to work with, and others used computer generated images for illustrations. For me, the illustrations are key in a children’s book, so I didn’t want them to be glorified clip-art.

I decided to work with Beaver’s Pond Press in Edina, MN, because of a good recommendation, and because I could meet with them in person throughout the process. They were great to work with, and it was through BPP that I met the illustrator, CA Nobens. Throughout the process, my vision for Bubble Wrap Girl was honored, which meant a lot to me.

Something that I didn’t expect when I embarked on this journey was how writing and publishing this book has been so much more than accomplishing one of my life goals. It is a dream come true for me, but even more than that, it is an example in and of itself to our kids of using your gifts, chasing your dreams, and following your heart.

My daughter, who at first didn’t want the book to be about her, has been able to go with me to some school visits and interviews. Having her experience this process with me first-hand has been an amazing opportunity for her. Throughout the whole process, both she and our son have seen their mom push herself to do new things and to be brave, which is an invaluable lesson and exactly what Bubble Wrap Girl is about.

Bubble Wrap Girl is for sale on my website, http://www.karivanwakeren.com, itascabooks.com, Amazon and barnesandnoble.com. It can also be ordered at your local bookstore. I work with a warehouse called Itasca Books for distribution and because of this partnership, bookstores and libraries can order Bubble Wrap Girl through Ingram.

KARI’S BIO:

Kari is an avid reader and working mother of two joy-filled kids. She lives in central Minnesota with her family, where together they enjoy music, playing outside, sharing time with friends, and being silly. She works as a pastor and is passionate about helping kids realize their inherent self-worth and inner strength. When she is not reading or writing, Kari can usually be found in her garden, on a walk, or cooking up something delicious. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Luther Seminary.

About Illustrator CA Nobens

Little CA Nobens, the shortest kid in her kindergarten class, shot up like a weed in first grade. She didn’t know where her head or her knees or her elbows began or ended, until she was the tallest girl in eighth grade. She was always clonking her noggin or stubbing her toe or rapping her wrist or barking some bone on something. She could have used miles and miles of bubble wrap! Not having any, she just tried to stay still and draw pictures a lot.

 

Thank you Kari and Cheryl for sharing your book and journey with us. Very cute book and illustrations.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. That’s adorable! I love how the solution to injury makes life harder and you just have to learn to get up and keep on going. 🙂 Congratulations! Sharing on Twitter as well.

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  2. What a fun idea. My kids love bubble wrap, too. Posted on FB.

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  3. What a great idea for a book! It looks adorable!

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  4. Wow! What an original idea for a book. It has such a great message. Thanks Kari, for sharing your journey.

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  5. This is such a great idea for a book. Kids love playing with bubble wrap. And a great message. I can’t wait to read it. Congratulations!

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