Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 9, 2021

Book Giveaway: MY MONSTERPIECE by Amalia Hoffman

Amalia Hoffman has written and illustrated a new picture book, MY MONSTERPIECE, published by Yeehoo Press. They have agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

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 other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Amalia.

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 celebration of imagination, creativity, acceptance, and art that will delight children of all ages.

“Have the art table and smocks ready.” – Kirkus Review

“This book will inspire a generation of artists.” – Goodreads Review

A kid-artist wants to frighten family members and friends by creating the scariest, meanest, most terrible monsters ever. A green tongue, pointy horns, sharp teeth, and terrible claws are sure to make everyone scream!

But what happens when rather than running away in fright, they smile, laugh, and absolutely LOVE the monsters?

Join the frustrated artist on this hilariously hair-raising journey where the scary and not scary meet and mingle, embarking on an adventure that reveals that overcoming fear and prejudice can lead to a wonderful friendship.


My Monsterpiece involved a monstrous journey of over 2 years, from the time I started exploring the idea and “playing with it” in my mind to the time it actually sold to Yeehoo Press. I spent months just making a whole menagerie of monsters. I worked with crayons, color pencils, chalk, poster paints, and finger paints. It was important to me that the monsters will be fresh and not over-done.

I had the story idea lined up but I went through dozens of revisions with agent, Anna Olswanger. I shared my drafts with my critique group as well and kept tweaking the story.

After the book sold to Yeehoo Press, I had many conversations with my brilliant editor, Brian Saliba. We brainstormed over the phone and via email. Then, I went through a couple of rounds of revisions. When we felt that the story was tight and solid, I created a dummy—based on the new text, which was quite different from the original text. Since Yeehoo Press publishes simultaneously in English and Simplified Chinese, my dummy had to fit within the format and dimensions for both versions.

Once we were happy with the black and white sketches and pagination, I worked with the art director, Molly Shen and the graphic designer, Xuyang Liu on the final interior pages. Once these were completed, I came up with concept designs for the endpapers, final cover and jacket design. We decided to make the jacket slightly different than the cover underneath, which is something that I really love about the book design. Also, the front endpapers are different than the endpapers on the end of the book. I believe that the endpapers are just as important as the interior pages in a picture book and I was delighted that the Yeehoo’s creative team agreed with me. We also spent many hours deciding what fonts to use and the colors of the lettering.


Amalia Hoffman is an author, illustrator and storyteller. Her lastest picture MY MONSTER is published by Yeehoo Press. Masha Munching is coming up from Yeehoo Press in Chinese on spring 2021 and in English in 2022. Hanukkah Nights (Lerner Publishing Group, 2022) received the first PJ Library Incentive Award for an author and illustrator.

Her picture book, The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero (Capstone Publishing, 2019, illustrated by Chiara Fedele) was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection book. Her board book, Dreidel Day (Lerner/Kar Ben Publishing, 2018) was a PJ Library book and received the PJ Library Author Incentive Award. Her two other board books, Astro Pea and All Colors were published in 2019 with Schiffer Publishing. Amalia’s writing has also appeared in magazines like Highlights Magazine for Children.

Her other books include: The Klezmer Bunch  and, Purim Goodies and illustrated Friday Night with the Pope written by Jacques J.M. Shore.

Amalia performs her stories in schools, libraries and bookstores dressed up in costumes with puppets and props and is a participating artist at ArtsWestchester, a cultural organization that pairs artists and writers with schools and community centers.

Amalia holds a Masters degree in art and art education from New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honor from Pratt Institute.

Visit Amalia at

Thank you Amalia for sharing your book and journey with us. Writing an adventure that shows children how to overcome fear and prejudice and have it lead to a wonderful friendship, is something we need more of in the children’s book industry. I have a feeling kids will want to join in the fun of creating art. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. What a beautifully illustrated and clever book! Congrats, Amalia!


  2. These images make me smile, what a great idea and execution!


  3. Amalia, this book looks like so much fun! Congrats. (I’m signed up for the emails, too.)


  4. I love these monsters…and the title! (And, I’m signed up for emails.) Thank you both!


  5. Amalia, your books looks like so much fun! I know lots of kids who will love it. You look like lots of fun, too. I hope I can meet you at a writer event someday.


  6. That looks like such a fun book. Perfect for at least one of my nephews and his Mom. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and shared one of the wonderful images on Pinterest with a link too:
    I also follow your blog daily by email Kathy: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks again, have a great day!!


  7. I have a grandson who would love this book. Looks terrific. Shared on PInterest, FB, and Twitter.


  8. Wow! Such colorful and energetic art and wonderful text to go along with it. Congrats to Amalia on a beautiful book! Kids (and adults!) will love it!


  9. This book is so creative and fun! I love the idea of not-so-scary monsters. I am an email subscriber to this blog. I also shared on tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter to help spread the word:


  10. Looks like a monsterful of fun! I can see kids making their own wild monster creations!


  11. Those monsters are utterly adorable. It must have been a challenge to create a piece that was equally suited to Chinese and English formats. I can’t wait to see the rest of My Monsterpiece. (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.)


  12. Congratulations, Amalia! I loved the mixed media. How fun!


  13. Congratulations! This is such a delightful book! 🙂


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