Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 28, 2020

Book Giveaway: OTIS P. OLIVER PROTESTS by Keri Caliborne Boyle

Keri Claiborne Boyle has a new picture book, OTIS P. OLIVER PROTESTS, illustrated by Daniel Duncan and published by Sleeping Bear Press. They have agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is 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 Keri and Daniel, especially at this stressful time when authors and illustrators need to promote their books completely online.

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!


Otis P. Oliver is taking a stand. He is NOT taking another bath–ever. But when your opinions matter to the rest of the family about as much as the opinions of the family dog (who, it’s worth mentioning, only has to bathe once a month), you have to get serious. So Otis borrows a spiffy suit from his dad and rouses a rabble of neighbor kids to stand up for what the know is right: a bathtub ban. This hilarious story about standing up for what you believe in, compromise, and family will have readers of all ages ready to hit the pavement for their cause–whatever it may be.


Perhaps the thing I find most interesting about the craft of writing is the many different ways one can approach it. For some, it’s a daily commitment to a set number of hours, or words, or pages. For others, the screen is blank until there’s a sudden rush of inspiration. I tend to fall into the “sudden rush” category. I often hear my characters well before I’ve developed a plot to deliver them. Which is exactly what happened with OTIS P. OLIVER PROTESTS.

When Otis popped into my head several years ago, here’s what I knew: he was both feisty and bath resistant. But that was it. I spent months trying various plots—none of them delivering Otis the way I wanted. So, I put the manuscript aside and moved on to other projects.

But months later (with Otis still collecting dust), I attended the SCBWI conference in NYC where, on my last morning there, I attended a PB seminar with a highly-respected editor. The topic of tropes and “are there really any new PB ideas” came up and in response to a question, the editor said (off the cuff), “Well, maybe not everything’s been done. I’ve never seen a story about, I don’t know, kids protesting or something.”

Bam. There it was. I knew immediately that Otis would stage a bath time protest. It just…worked. (I’d also just come off attending the Boston Women’s March where, in the heated aftermath of the election, thousands of people proudly and peacefully made their voices heard.)

Later that same day, on the train from NYC back to Boston, the entire story poured out of me. And very little has changed from that first draft to what now sits on bookshelves (which, as most writers know, almost never happens). I was even more thrilled when the story found a champion in Sarah Rockett at Sleeping Bear Press who then brought the fantastically talented illustrator, Daniel Duncan, on board. The rest, as they say, is history. Of course, none of us expected to launch a new book in the middle of a pandemic, so that’s been an interesting challenge to say the least. Also, the irony has not been lost on me that my character eschews hygiene in a time when hygiene has never been more important. So, here’s my new message: Otis is a good example of a bad example. Don’t be like Otis – #WashYourHands!

My parting advice to those on a journey to publication is this: You never know where inspiration will come from. So expose yourself to everything—other writers, conferences, new scenery, new ideas. And of course, read, read, read.


Keri is the author of three children’s books: Otis P. Oliver Protests (April 2020, Sleeping Bear Press), Teddy the Dog: Be Your Own Dog, and Teddy the Dog: Almost Best in Show (HarperCollins Children’s Books 2016/2017).

Keri is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Writers’ Loft, the 12×12 Picture Book Forum, and she holds a master’s degree in communications from Northwestern University. Keri lives outside Boston with her husband, three kids, one dog, two Guinea pigs, and a fish named Fluffy. 


Daniel is a freelance illustrator who creates most of his work in an old stable turned studio on the outskirts of London. He likes to illustrate narratives, vibrant characters and environments with pencil and a digital process.

Inspired by stories, films, old photos and sports.

Daniel has been highly commended by Macmillan for the 2013 Children’s book competition, as well as being shortlisted for the 2014 AOI awards for the Children’s books New Talent category.

Daniel Duncan is represented by Anne Moore Armstrong at the Bright Agency.

Keri thank you for sharing your book and its’ journey with us. You text and Daniel’s illustrations are so much fun. This is a great book to open conversations on getting your point across, peacefull protests, and standing up for what you believe in. Good luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. what a darling book, with so many lessons inside. could apply for all ages. and yes, I read you each and every day )


  2. This book looks fun and impactful -congrats!


  3. Congrats, Keri! (I’m also signed up for the emails)

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  4. Please wash your hands, Otis!


  5. This is so much fun! Thanks for sharing your process, Keri. All those drafts in files on my computer are just waiting for the right inspiration to make them shine. I follow Kathy’s blog.


  6. I, too, read you every day, Kathy. I’m sure this blog is a lot of work. More power to you, and keep ’em coming!

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  7. I’d love to see how Otis’s protest works out. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and pinned an image with a link on Pinterest:
    I also follow your blog daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com.
    Thanks again, have a safe and happy day!


  8. Oh, my, this looks like such a cute book. Thanks for telling me about it. I will check it out. I will pass on the giveaway since I recently won a book.

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  9. I love the concept of this cute book! It would appeal to both children and adults making reading time full of laughter.

    I love following this blog daily.


  10. This sounds hilarious! Thanks for sharing your publishing journey. I shared on twitter & Facebook.


    • Thank you Heather – I really appreciate it. Launching a book during a lockdown has been interesting so I’m grateful for the support.


  11. This story looks so funny. And I love the main character’s name. Congratulations, Keri!

    (I follow Kathy’s blog)


    • Thank you! So glad you like his name…it made me laugh when it popped into my head.


  12. Adorable! And smelly. I can tell that from the illustrations. What a fun book! Congratulations!

    I will tweet this and I follow by email. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. OMG, I won your wonderful book! Thank you! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂


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