Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 17, 2019

Book Giveaway: BIG And LITTLE by Cheryl Pilgrim

Cheryl Pilgrim has written and illustrated a picture book titled, BIG AND LITTLE. She has agreed to share a copy 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 Cheryl!

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!


Enormous Big and tiny Little, two adorable dogs, go over and under, deep and shallow, in and out in pursuit of a butterfly.

A simple book that introduces the important concept of opposites to the very youngest readers. Loveable Big and effervescent Little opposite in size–and the way they see and navigate the world–as they follow a butterfly. Their journey is told entirely through pairs of opposite words and gentle artwork, and it’s full of surprises, including an unexpected run-in with a cranky bear. Fortunately, Big and Little get from here to there and safely home again, just in time for a well-earned rest. The charming narrative arc that runs throughout the story really sets this book apart from other “opposites” books.


My journey to publication started with my two dogs, Ranger and Lola. Ranger the black lab—sweet, loyal, and cautious. Lola the chihuahua—feisty, energetic, and bold. These two opposites were the inspiration for a story about two canines who experience the same adventure in very different ways.

This kernel of an idea started out with a few words and some extremely rough sketches. My critique groups coached me through several rewrites and changes. With only 28 words in the book, it still took a full year before I had a book dummy ready to submit.

I sent it off to a few agents and one editor. They all offered kind, helpful feedback but ultimately passed. That’s when Essie White with Storm Literary Agency came into the picture. She liked my story and my portfolio pieces and wanted to represent me. I was thrilled. Within six months she sold the story to Holiday House. And then…more waiting. It was approximately another six months before the editor contacted me to start proceeding. As anyone knows in the publishing business, it helps to be patient.

In the meantime, I started a mentorship with illustrator, E.B. Lewis. I showed him the story and he had some great ideas for revision. He felt the story needed more of an arc and a surprise ending. I used the scene with the bear to create more tension and then the squirrel was added in the end. I rewrote, redrew, and repainted. I was a little nervous to show Holiday House because the story and characters had changed so much. When my editor contacted me about revisions for the story, it was almost exactly in line with the changes I had already made. I sent them the revised book dummy, and they were ready to proceed late Fall 2017.

The whole process was a huge learning curve. I was also teaching so my time was divided. There were a lot of late nights and missed meals. I almost dropped off the face of the Earth for a while but finally completed the paintings in the Spring, 2018. While everyone’s journey is a little different, mine seemed to be longer than normal–It took five years from conception until it was released in April of this year.

I am grateful for the huge amount of support on my road to getting published. Many people played a part in bringing this project to life. And thanks to Kathy Temean for helping us authors and illustrators spread the word about out books.


Cheryl Pilgrim is an author/illustrator and public school art teacher living in the Houston area with her husband and a menagerie of rescue cats and dogs. She works mainly in acrylics, pencil and some digital. She always loved drawing, painting, and writing, but didn’t become serious about the kidlit world until she was approaching 50 and her two children were nearly grown.

Her first book she illustrated was Hound Dawg by Patricia Vermillion (TCU Press).  Since creating Big and Little, she has also illustrated a middle grade chapter, The Littlest Voyageur by Newberry Honor Winner Margi Preus. (Holiday House, March 2020). Cheryl continues to work on her stories. Her hope is that others will see it is never too late to start on your dream.

Cheryl, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. You did a great job with the idea and the illustrations. Good luck with th book!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This looks like a delightful story. Congratulations!

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  2. Five years doesn’t seem long to me! That’s close to the timeline for my debut–and I didn’t illustrate it. Congratulations on the mentorship with E.B. Lewis! I met him at my child’s school and he’s amazing. Good luck with your future projects.

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  3. Love Cheryl! Love her art! Love this book! And I love that you are always lifting up authors and illustrators – you are a fabulous resource for the kidlit community, Kathy!

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  4. The story line sounds darling and I love the illustrations, Cheryl. You really captured the dogs’ personalities with both words and pictures. Congratulations!

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  5. What an adorable story. Love the soft yet realistic illustrations. Congratulations, Cheryl!

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  6. I love your art and love this story! No it is never too late to follow your dreams!

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  7. Congrats–this looks like an awesome book! I’m a sucker for dogs, especially big black rescued labs:-) Five years seems long to me, especially since my latest picture book took 8 months from accepted offer (thank goodness I wasn’t the illustrator!).

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  8. I love these illustrations! Did I spy a Monarch in your illustrations?

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  9. I think this book will be a hit in homes and schools! So happy to learn about it!

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  10. This looks great. I shared on FB, Twitter, and Pinterest. Thanks for a chance to win it.

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  11. Awww. What a sweet story. And that cover! I will be checking this one out. Thanks for the post.

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  12. This story sounds delightful!! Congratulations, Cheryl!!

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  13. Such a sweet and simple, lovely story! Congratulations on your beautiful book.

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  14. Beautifully illustrated book with lovely clever story. Brilliant use of adorable rescued dogs as inspiration. Delightful! Great addition to any young reader’s collection!

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  15. I love the accessible theme for children here. Congrats on your perseverance!

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  16. Wow, what a great success story! Congratulations and best wishes!

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  17. Thank you Kathy for spreading the word. You are such a great resource for authors, illustrators, educators and parents.


  18. These illustrations are BEAUTiful and it’s such a great way to show position words 😀

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