Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 14, 2019

Book Giveaway: MISS PINKELTINK’S PURSE by Patty Brozo

Patty Brozo has a picture book, MISS PINKELTINK’S PURSE. It is illustrated by Ana Ochoa and published by Tilbury Books. Patty and Ana have agreed to share a book with two lucky winners. 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 Patty and Ana!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2019

A warm-hearted homeless woman finds a home

From its humorous opening through its sad midpoint and uplifting end, Miss Pinkeltink’s story shines a light on humanity. This story with children as agents of positive change reminds us again that communities are best known by their treatment of the disadvantaged among them.

“Rosy-cheeked and quite antique, Miss Pinkeltink / carried everything but the kitchen sink. / Her purse was so big that it dragged on the floor. / When she rode on the bus it got stuck in the door.”

Generous and eccentric, Miss Pinkeltink fills her huge purse with everything from a toilet plunger to roller skates, and then gives it all away. She offers tape to fix a flat tire and a bone to a kitty: Miss Pinkeltink’s gifts never quite hit the mark, / but she gave what she had, and she gave from the heart. And then, with nothing left to give or to shelter herself, she huddles on a park bench, trying to sleep in the rain. And that’s where Zoey sees her from her bedroom window and knows that something must be done.


The classes I took my first semester in college were First Aid and English Composition.  I enrolled in these not because I had an affinity for either split skulls or split infinitives, but because when you’re the new kid in town you get the leftovers.

I absorbed little from First Aid (so please don’t choke on your hamburger), but when an English assignment dovetailed with a rather profound personal experience I realized I had a story to tell.  Which led to another.  And another.  And another.

I squeezed a few more writing classes in among the science courses required for my major: Creative Writing I; Journalism; Creative Writing II; Screenplay Writing.  I found that I like to play with words, and that I could hear rhythms in sentences and paragraphs.

I am not one of those disciplined writers who generate X number of pages per day, but rather I write in spurts.  Most of my stories come together from slips and scraps of paper with scribbles and arrows and doodles on them—roadmaps that would give Indiana Jones a migraine.

Miss Pinkeltink started out that way, evolving over months or years, as is the case with most of my work.  When she seemed reasonably fit I decided to take her out for a spin and shot-gunned her out to several publishers and agents found in The Children’s Writers’ and Illustrators’ Market.

A mere three weeks later (I know!) I got a voicemail from a publisher in Maine who indicated he wanted to talk to me about my story.  It was Thanksgiving eve and he was getting ready to leave for the long holiday weekend and would I call him on Monday?  Monday?!  It was a looong four days.

When finally we spoke he asked me a lot of questions, like what inspired me to write the story.  We talked for quite a while, and I managed to stick my foot in my mouth only once.  In spite of this he told me how much the whole staff loved my story and that he’d like to “shoot a contract out” to me.  I couldn’t stop bouncing.  For days.

Many months passed before I got an email with the sketch dummy.  When I saw Ana’s illustrations I didn’t bounce.  I cried.  There were my all characters, brought to life with myriad details and nuances and insights.  It was obvious that Ana had immersed herself in these imaginary people and their problems and their foibles and their goodness.  I realized it was no longer my story; it was our story.  (Thank you, Ana!)

The folks at Tilbury were a delight to work with, keeping me in the loop throughout the long (two year) process.  They requested a few extra lines from time to time to make transitions smoother, and were sensitive and accommodating to my comments and concerns.

When at long last I got my complimentary copies in the mail and actually held the book in my hands it was a feeling like no other.


I have been very lucky to illustrate several books in my life, but when Tris Coburn (from Tilbury Publishers) asked if I’d be interested in doing a sample character for Miss Pinkeltink’s Purse I immediately said “yes, please, of course, absolutely!” Honestly? He got me hooked when he said my work was “jaunty and fun”, how could I say no to his request? Fun I know, but I had to look up jaunty: happy, confident, full of energy! Anyone who thinks that about me is my friend for life!

I can’t remember what I was doing at that precise moment but of course it must have been “due tomorrow”…but I did not hesitate in starting right away! Later, after I had sent my sample, I got worried and began questioning my insecure self with all kinds of silly questions. But deep inside my jumping heart I just KNEW that story was MINE to do!

When Santiago my nephew as a little almost 3 year old toddler, we used to walk to buy tortillas at the tortilleria. And there was a homeless lady in our neighborhood. The first time he saw her, sleeping on the sidewalk, he stopped, held out his little hands and said: poor darling. This lady did not sleep all the time, of course! She used to go about carrying her purse, she knitted and read government issued school text books and the newspaper. Santiago was always on the lookout for her; sometimes she was picked up by social services, but she always came back, clean, with her hair in a tidy bun, wearing new clothes. Surely she liked street life better in her own neighborhood, where there were people who somehow managed to give her a hand, than the homeless shelter? One day she never returned.

Anyway, after I sent my sample, I made an effort not to think about it anymore. No worries, just had to wait for the final answer! Which took the people at Tilbury many, many weeks; oh my, it felt like forever. They did ask for a few mini changes, and later said mine was the best Miss Pinkeltink they got!

Next, I got the full text. Sometimes the editor has definite ideas for the book, but this time I was allowed to run free! They trusted me on everything, and only had some fun ideas for me to add when they revised my sketches, but they loved my work! I did have to work a bit fast, they needed to have finals by march, and this was October! But I was more than happy to comply, even managed to squeeze a trip to Spain with my family for Xmas. Tristram and Jon, the editors at Tilbury, were a joy to work with. I felt really confident to share my ideas and thoughts; they did listen and always came back with answers! Funny, I’ve been told that I should limit the details in my illos; but Miss Pinkeltink demanded lots and lots! I was in heaven!

In the beginning I never thought about contacting Patty; actually, an illustrator almost never is in touch with the writer. But I couldn’t wait to talk to her, which I did when we were both sent the first pass interiors all set up. Wow. OUR book was alive!

P.S Dear Patty, I know maybe any other illustrator would have made you cry; but I am so, so happy that it got to be me! Oh, and don’t forget, our book is a Notable Social Studies Trade 2019 Book! Nice!


PATTY BROZO (Green Valley, AZ and Traverse City, MI) has been writing stories for and about children since taking creative writing classes in college. She is the author of Miss Pinkeltink’s Purse and The Buddy Bench.


Ana Ochoa was born and raised in Mexico City. She studied Graphic Design at the national University of Mexico, with an average of 9.2. and started working as a designer and illustrator after college. After a while she decided to concentrate on illustrating children’s books and learned the art of children’s book illustration from M. Claude Lapointe at L’Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in France. Ana is a published author and an illustrator of children’s books. Her illustrations for Storms in a Bottled Sea were selected for the Illustrators Exhibition in Bologna in 1997. She has exhibited her artwork in Japan, Taiwan, New Delhi, Bratislava, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico. These last three exhibits sponsored by IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People).

Ana has worked for major publishing houses in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Her book The Chocolate Boy―with its main character a little Haitian boy who is subjected to discrimination and ignorance in a foreign land―was published in 2010 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

In 1994-95, Ana received a scholarship from the French government to study in Strasbourg, France, at L’Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, at the illustration department with M. Claude Lapointe.

In 1996 she was chosen for an encouragement prize at the Noma Concours for children’s Books in Japan; with “La vaca querida”; and in 1997 she was chosen for the illustrators catalog at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, with “Las Tormentas del Mar Embotellado”.

ANA OCHOA lives in Mexico and Ana has worked with most publishers in Mexico (both private and government), doing picture books as well as school text books. Some of the published credits of Ana Ochoa include Big Book: Lupe Lupita, Where Are You? / Lupe Lupita, ¿dónde estás? (English and Spanish Foundations Series), La Noche De Los Trasgos/ the Night of Trasgos, So Many Me’s (Rookie Readers), and Muchas Veces Yo (Rookie Espanol).

Patty and Ana, thank you for sharing your book and its’ journey with us. Congratulations to you and MISS PINKELTINK receiving A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2019. Homelessness is one of societies big concerns. 

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This story really hit home. I have a sister who, though not homeless, is “a collector” and carries a huge purse with everything one could need. I am seriously considering this book for her as a Christmas gift. She is generous in spirit, and ministers to everyone she meets on her journey of life. The illustrations are sweet and I know this will be a special gift to her this year.

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  2. Thank you both for sharing your important journey and to Kathy for hosting it and Tilbury House for publishing an important story! I am a regular subscriber to the blog.

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  3. Lovely journey! I laughed when I saw the cover, this theme will hit home for many…


  4. I love this book already! And I loved the Buddy Bench – thank you for writing lovely and important books. 🙂 Congrats!


  5. What a great treatment for a sensitive topic. Illustrations are darling, too.

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  6. What a sweet sounding story and so timely. Love the art!

    Kathy, a get your daily blog and I have reposted to Facebook and Twitter.


  7. This book looks good and has an important topic.


  8. This author has created an intriguing character to introduce this important world problem. The illustrator’s character representation is right on mark! I follow the Writers and Illustrators blog daily.


  9. This looks like a really sweet book. Thanks for the post.


  10. What a lovely collaboration on a timely topic. I am tweeting and sharing this on FB.


  11. Have already shared this on Twitter. What a wonderful take on an important topic. Thanks for sharing the journey of this book and congratulations on MISS PINKELTINK’S PURSE ~ looking forward to reading this!

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  12. I love everything about Mrs. Pinkletinks Purse. It is really hard to find books about homelessness to share with children and this title deals with a difficult subject in such a kind-hearted way. The illustrations are perfect with the text. It certainly deserves the Notable Social Studies Trade 2019 Book award and I predict it will receive many more accolades. Finally, it is really special to hear the book story from both the author and illustrator.


  13. Thank you all so much for your interest and kind comments! It was a joy illustrating Miss Pinkeltink, hope you all enjoy it!

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  14. Thank you, ladies, for sharing so much about your journeys with this book and your feelings about it. it’s just so beautiful, heartwarming and inspiring! Tweeting 😀 …


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