Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 25, 2020

Book Giveaway: THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES by Robin Newman


It’s all true. There, I’ve said it. You heard it first on Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating Blog. I, Robin Newman, went completely hog wild in my latest Wilcox & Griswold Mystery. But let’s be frank.

No, not that kind of frank. Nobody wants to read a boar of a book!

Oops! There I go again. But then again . . .


In The Case of the Bad Apples, the third book in the Wilcox & Griswold Mystery Series, Porcini pigs out on what appears to be a gift basket of apples. No surprise. He’s a pig, after all. But strangely, he becomes sick as a dog. Lucky for Porcini, an anonymous squealer called SWINE-1-1 for help, and Dr. Einswine alerts the MFI (Missing Food Investigators) that Porcini may have been poisoned. To Wilcox & Griswold that’s a Code 22, attempted hamslaughter. But who would want to poison Porcini and why?


The Case of the Bad Apples was not an easy book to write—much less rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. The book went through well over 32 revisions, and at one point I just had to start over from scratch. The book just wasn’t working. I truly felt like I was in a version of rewrite hell. When I’m feeling REALLY stuck . . .

I start working on a bunch of books at the same time because I need to switch gears or eat a pint of ice cream. As it turned out, I was working on a lot of picture books about pigs. I love pigs—and even more than loving pigs, I love piggy puns. So, the only thing I knew was that I wanted Porcini Pig to be front and center in book 3. And what’s the perfect crime to be committed against a pig? Hamslaughter, of course! Once I came up with the offense, the rest of the story eventually fell into place with much help and

thanks to the AWESOME Marissa Moss, Deborah Zemke, the Bank Street Writers Lab, and to everyone else who read or just sneezed on the manuscript. THANK YOU!

And now it’s giveaway time!

Please leave a comment, tweet, and share for a chance to win a signed copy of The Case of the Bad Apples and some super cool detective loot!

About Robin Newman:

Raised in New York and Paris, Robin Newman is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the City University of New York School of Law. She was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. Author of the award-winning Wilcox & Griswold Mystery Series, she’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, National Writing Project’s Writers Council, the Bank Street Writers Lab, and PEN America, CYAB. She lives in New York with her husband, son, and three spoiled dogs. And she just became the aunt to two pigs, Rosemary and Cricket.

Rosemary & Cricket

She is represented by Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency. For more information, please visit

Thank you, Robin, for sharing you book and journey with us. I love this series of books. They are a great way to introduce kids to the fun of reading a good mystery. Good luck with the book and keep them coming!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. this is darling and so clever

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  2. Thanks, Kathy! XO

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  3. Just a few bad apples, but it does’t seem to spoil the mystery and fun! Can’t wait to read! Such a fan of this series! Wish you both the best!

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  4. Thank you for writing this story. Would love to share it with students

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  5. Thanks for sharing your very real frustration. This sounds like a series that would turn even the most reluctant reader into a—Porcini of pulp.

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  6. What a fun post and picture book- congrats!

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  7. This looks adorable! Can’t wait to read it!

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  8. Hooray for Robin’s new book! Piggy puns are the best! 🙂

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  9. Congrats Robin – squealy awesome!

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  10. Robin, I love it! This is definitely what I would use with late second and third grades to teach close reading and listening, plus deductive reasoning! The humor keeps them going, the puns keep them thinking and interpreting, and the mystery keeps them analyzing! Great work!

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  11. This looks like tons of fun for kids who like a little mystery, great characters, and funny puns. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and shared a pin on Pinterest as well:
    Thanks again, have a safe and happy day everyone!!

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  12. This book looks great. I’d love to win a copy of it.

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  13. What a great post! This book looks like tons of fun.

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  14. Congrats on your newest book! Looks like it’s a fun one & I love your puns!

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  15. Persistence! Looks like another fun one. Congrats!

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  16. I love pigs and puns! Shared on Twitter and FB and subscriber 🙂

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  17. Robin, you are the QUEEN of puns…in fact, you are punnier than just about anyone (except maybe Tara 😉 )…LOVE this…and you 😀 ❤ And of course, I share!

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  18. I just love everything about Robin Newman and can’t wait to read this book. Yay!

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  19. Love your Wilcox and Griswold mysteries. Puns and pigs…I can’t wait to see how they solve this one!

    I shared on Twitter.

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  20. Congrats, Robin and Deborah! This looks adorable.

    I shared on Twitter, too.

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  21. This sounds so interesting. Can’t wait to read it. I shared on twitter, too.

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  22. This post is pun-filled hilarity and I bet your book is too! Yay!

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  23. What a fun post, and no doubt a fun book!


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