Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 9, 2021

Book Giveaway: DON’T CALL ME FUZZYBUTT! by Robin Newman

Robin Newman has written a new picture book, FUZZYBUTT! illustrated by Susan Batori and published by Sleeping Bear Press. It is available in bookstores, now. SBP has 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 Cynthia and Mary.

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!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

In Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt! illustrated by Susan Batori (Sleeping Bear Press 2021), Bear turns grizzly when he doesn’t get his much needed 243½ days of sleep. But Bear has a problem. He’s a very light sleeper. So, Bear builds a brand new door to keep the noise out of his den. Meanwhile, one of Bear’s neighbors is Woodpecker. He’s a master carpenter with a specialty in real estate development. He loves building houses. But recently, he too has been having a problem. His houses have been disappearing. One morning, he discovers a trail of debris, and this trail leads him straight to Bear’s new front door. Well readers, I’m sure you can figure out what happens next. Bear and Woodpecker have a feisty exchange of name-calling. Will Bear and Woodpecker patch it up—literally—before Bear loses too much sleep?

THE BOOK’S JOURNEY:

Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt! was inspired by my son. Around the time when he was in third grade, he went through a terrible phase where he used to think it was super cool to say bad words. After all, these were words he wasn’t allowed to say that older kids and adults did say. And he’d hear these words everywhere—in the lunchroom, at recess, and on the walk home from school. And once you’ve learned a new word (even a bad word), he was more than eager to give his new-found word a test drive to the delight of his proud parents.

My first drafts of Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt! focused on using bad words. In fact, the book was originally titled, Bear Said a Bad Word. But as the book evolved in the yearlong revision process, it became clear that the story wasn’t just about saying a word that should never ever be repeated. It was about calling others names and the hurt feelings that resulted.

I so hope that children reading the book will realize that their words are powerful. Words can be uplifting and supportive, but at the same time they can be extremely hurtful. One needs to understand that the words we use will impact others and therefore, they must be used and chosen carefully.

Below is a craft project and a printable bookmark for your favorite readers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 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, bears, 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. Robin lives in New York with a motley crew of fuzzybutts, including a husband, son, and three spoiled dogs. She is represented by Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency. For more information, please visit www.robinnewmanbooks.com.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR – SUSAN BATORI:

Susan Batori lives in Budapest, Hungary, with her soul mate, Robert, and her cat, Kamilla. She studied graphic design at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest. She worked as an art director at DDB Advertising Agency until she noticed that drawing hilarious characters was much more fun. Since 2013, Susan has been working as a freelance children’s book illustrator. Humor is the one thing in her studio that she could not live without. For more information, please visit https://susanbatori.hu/.

Robin thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I have a copy and it is adorable. I love how your story helps kids realize that sometimes, we have to work through auguments, even if it’s scary and uncomfortable.  Your fun text and Susan’s wonderful illustrations provide so much humor and action, I know kids will want to visit this book many times. School libraries will definitely want to add this to their collections. It’s a great at-home conflict resolution resource. too.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. I’ve been seeing a lot about this book and the title is so funny so good job switching to Don’t Csll me Fuzzybutt! I’ve had a few issues with woodpeckers myself so I hope Bear wins his much needed rest by the end of the book.
    Congratulations.

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  2. so cute and funny

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  3. Reblogged this on and commented:
    A super huge thank you to Kathy Temean for helping to get the word out on DON’T CALL ME FUZZYBUTT! ❤️❤️❤️ Releasing March 15, 2021 with Sleeping Bear Press 🐻

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  4. Reading Kathy’s emails every day, I am in awe of all the wonderful things going on. Today’s post is special because I know this book by the wonderful Robin Newman. I cannot wait to get “Fuzzybutt” in my hands. Thanks to Kathy for sharing, and thanks to Robin for writing this book! I am sharing on FB and Twitter.

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  5. I love DON’T CALL ME FUZZYBUTT and with a title like that, I don’t know any kid who won’t love it as well. March 15th can’t get here fast enough! Thank, Robin and Kathy for sharing.

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  6. What a hilarious concept! Congratulations!

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  7. Combining hilarious and heartfelt sounds like a winning combination. Congratulations, Robin! (betting a lot of kids use Fuzzybutt!)

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  8. Enjoyed the interview with Robin! Always enjoy learning about the author’s process. Love her new book! Fuzzybutt, may be name calling, but it has a fun ring to it and will certainly garner attention in book stores!

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  9. Hooray for Robin’s new book! I simply adore Robin and her writing!

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  10. This looks really fun and funny! Kids will love it -congrats!

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  11. This sounds and looks like such a fun book! I can’t wait to read it. Congratulations, and thanks for an interesting post.

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  12. Reblogged this on Teresa Robeson 何顥思 and commented:
    Enter to win this latest book by my friend and hilarious author Robin Newman!

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  13. Congrats, Robin and Susan! Looks like a fun read.

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  14. Cannot wait for my copy to arrive! Hooray Robin and Susan!

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  15. I absolutely love this title for a book! Plus it’s our favorite author to read out loud at home.

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  16. This looks like a hilarious book with an important message for kids (and adults)! The illustrations are so fun! Loved the book trailer, too. Congrats, Robin!

    Kathy, I shared on twitter and I get your blog daily.

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  17. This looks absolutely adorable! I plan to tweet about this right now. I read your blog daily, Kathy.

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  18. Such a cheeky little story with a great message. I’d love to have a copy. I’ve tweeted a link: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1369343630285172751, and shared on Pinterest as well: https://www.pinterest.es/pin/336573772158591363/.
    I also follow daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks for the chance to win, stay safe everyone!

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  19. What a cute book.That cover is terrific! I get your blog by email every day.

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  20. This book is so clever and one that after reading this post, I said, “I wish I’d thought of this!” I enjoyed the interview and love the take away message of the power of words and choosing carefully. I’m an email subscriber and shared this post on tumblr, pinterest, twitter, and facebook:

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  21. What a clever way to share the message about how words can hurt (and help) others. I can’t wait to read this book. I’ll gladly tweet on Twitter & re-post on Facebook.

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  22. Love your title! And the story sounds wonderfully appealing, as are the illustrations!

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  23. HA! We call our son Fuzzy and have been known to refer to him as FuzzyButt. This is perfect. 🙂

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  24. It’s great to hear the back story on how this wonderful idea developed. Go Robin!

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  25. There are so many reasons that I look forward to reading this: humor, needing sleep, character who launch into name calling and opinionated attacks but resolving in the end. All that aside, I am a HUGE fan of woodpeckers, and there are far too few WOODPECKER picture books out there! (One of the few woodpeckers that does not tick the box for me is WOODY.)
    Can’t wait to read this one and meet the woodpecker on the page!

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  26. This looks adorable

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  27. This made me smile so much! Congrats, Robin and Susan! Looks wonderful.

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  28. Great title! I’m so looking forward to this one 🙂
    Congratulations to Robin and Susan.
    (I’m a subscriber to your blog, Kathy)

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  29. You had me at the title! Looking forward to reading this. Congratulations Robin and Susan!! Happy to help spread the word.

    Kathy, I’ve tweeted and follow your blog.

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  30. Like bear, I’m a light sleeper and have had arguments with a bully woodpecker hogging the birdfeeder! Congrats; I can’t wait to see how these two zany characters resolve their conflict! Kathy, I get your daily blog.

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  31. The word “Fuzzybutt” will have readers giggling right away. This book looks like a super-fun read-aloud. (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.)

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  32. Robin, you’re BRILLiant and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book 😀 Long ago I pre-ordered for my granddaughter, but wouldn’t turn down a copy for my library!

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  33. Fabulous trailer for what looks like a very funny book!!! Good luck with the launch!

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  34. This is so adorable! I think it would be a perfect book for some certain grands I have who LOVE “special” words. Congratulations!

    I will tweet this, Kathy, and I follow by email. 🙂

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  35. Such a great hooky title! I receive your blog post every day and shared on Twitter.

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  36. Congratulations! DON’T CALL ME FUZZYBUTT! sounds terrific! Kathy, I receive and enjoy your blog posts every day!

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  37. Looks so great Robin!

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