Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 15, 2021

Book Giveaway: TREEMENDOUS by Bridget Heos

Bridget Heos has written a new picture book, TREEMENDOUS illustrated by Mikr Ciccotello and published by Crown Books for Young Readers. It is available in bookstores nowBrdiget 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 Bridget and Mike.

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!


This adorable picture book illustrates the life of a tiny acorn growing up to be a tall oak tree. A wonderful introduction to nonfiction for curious, nature-loving kids!

Hello, world! This little acorn is so excited to grow!

Told in the diary entries of an acorn, this picture book follows a young acorn and its long life as an oak tree, from being buried by a squirrel to towering over other trees. The text communicates the basic science simply and with humor, and the illustrations up the fun factor! Parents will love the sweet story and charming illustrations, and teachers and librarians will love the extra resources at the back.


Here is the story of TREEMENDOUS:

I got the idea for the book while gathering acorns with my daughter Samantha. There was a bumper crop that year, and she and I would collect them across the street in the church garden (and then leave them there because what were we going to do with a bunch of acorns?) Around then, we started having strange encounters with ducks–odd because it was a city neighborhood with no pond nearby. And wonderful because my daughter was obsessed with ducks! She once brought home the Nicola Davies book, JUST DUCKS, and her brothers laughed at how it was the perfect fit for her obsession.

Next thing we knew, there was a mother duck making a nest in the church grotto. We watched their little family grow as the eggs hatched right around Easter. It later all made sense when we learned that ducks eat acorns! I wanted to write a book as a way of thanking the oak trees for that special time.

I decided to have the oak tree tell it’s own story because I like to think that we are all–whether people or animals or plants–part of a big story and that over time we come to understand that story and our place in it. Besides being about trees and nature, TREEMENDOUS is about growth, and the patience and ingredients it requires. In that way, I think readers will relate to the narrator and her journey!

The first of Mike’s illustrations that I saw were of TREEMENDOUS as an acorn. She was so adorable and full of life! When the art went from sketches to full color, I had the feeling of being in a world that had just woken up from dreary gray sleep! Mike is wonderful to work with because he also has a mind for promotion–something that is a bit out of my comfort zone even though I have been writing children’s books for a long time. We made a trailer, inspirational posters, activity guide (which you can find on our Web sites), and are both doing virtual school visits. Mike does a drawing lesson with the kids in which they learn to draw TREEMENDOUS as an acorn! The students’ drawings are adorable!

Thank you for giving me the chance to talk about TREEMENDOUS: DIARY OF A NOT YET MIGHTY OAK, Kathy. I hope your readers will check out TREEMENDOUS!


Bridget Heos is the author of THE MUSTACHE BABY series (illustrator: Joy Ang), STEGOTHESAURUS (T.L. McBeth), FAIRY’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (Sara Not), TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE LAMB (Sarah Jennings), and QUEEN DOG (Alejandro O’Keefe). She has also written more than 100 nonfiction children’s titles, including I, FLY (Jennifer Plecas), the ANIMALS: JUST LIKE US series (David Clark), and BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES: THE STORY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE FROM SHERLOCK HOLMES TO DNA.

Bridget lives in Kansas City with her family. She loves cooking, watching the Chiefs, exercising, and exploring America via school author visits.
Facebook: @AuthorBridgetHeos
Instagram: @BridgetHeos
Twitter: @BridgetHeos.


MIKE CICCOTELLO received a BFA with a concentration in painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He is the author-illustrator of the picture book TWINS and the forthcoming BEACH TOYS VS. SCHOOL SUPPLIES (both from FSG/Macmillan).

Mike has also illustrated Bridget Heos’s TREEMENDOUS and CHEESE AND QUACKERS, a two-book early graphic chapter-book series written by Prospect client Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (forthcoming from Aladdin/S&S). He is an active member of SCBWI, CBIG, and was a contributing member of You can find him online at and @ciccotello. Mike is represented by Rachel Orr. Please contact Rachel at rko(a)

Bridget, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. It looks like a book that will make it fun to learn how a little acorn can grow into a mighty oak tree. Mike’s illustrations bring the whole book to life. Good luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Oh Bridget, I’m going to purchase this book for my 82 year old mom. As she slumped in to dementia, she collected acorns. We found them everywhere – in her pockets, purses, drawers, cabinets. When we asked what she was planning to do with them, she responded that she was going to grow trees. Mike, the colorful illustrations will brighten her day! (And mine too!) Thanks, Bridget and Mike for bringing a smile to my morning!

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    • Oh wow! I love that! She is a woman after my own heart-I love acorns!


  2. What a wonderful book! I didn’t know ducks ate acorns! Love the story and the fun illustrations. My cousin once lived in a house with a huge old oak tree. TONS of acorns. I filled up a flat box and took them home for my grands to play with. And play they did. And planted. Most of those acorns were planted all over the property. Many sprouted, a few are still tiny. So much fun. Congratulations!

    I will tweet this Kathy and I follow by email.


  3. Love this title, and I look forward to reading this book! (I’m signed up for the emails, too.)

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  4. What a great idea! Congratulations.

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  5. What a multi-layered delight. solid science revealed through lively personality and illustrations. And that theme GROW is perfect for the target age. Thank you for the feature and interviews.


  6. I am happy to see another book celebrating trees! It’s already on my TO READ list.

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  7. I love all of the books coming out now about trees. They really complement each other.

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  8. Now I’m glad we have several oak trees on our property because we also have many ducks that sail in the creek behind our house. I love the title of this book and can’t wait to read it. I’m an email subscriber and shared on pinterest, tumblr, twitter, and facebook:


  9. Thank you for featuring TREEMENDOUS, Kathy!


  10. What a personality-filled acorn! I’m looking forward to reading her story. Treemendous looks like a wonderful mix of humor and information (plus puns!). (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.)


  11. This book looks so fun, and II earned something too! I can’t wait to read the whole story. I will be sharing this, and I subscribe to this wonderful blog!


  12. Excited about this one! It’s on my Goodreads “to read” list and I’m happy to tweet about it. Congrats to Bridget & Mike!


  13. Last year was one of those treemendous mast years – acorns sprouting everywhere (including the veggie patch!), This is one book I know I will read!


  14. This book looks adorable. I love books about trees. Thanks for the heads up. I follow you by email.


  15. Such a cute acorn! Congratulations!!


  16. Congrats–such a clever format to tell an acorn’s story! I can’t wait to read this book…hopefully to the 3 bear cubs who frolic in my oak tree:-) Kathy, I follow you by email.


  17. This book looks amazing, Bridget and I love Mike’s art. I used to have oak trees in my yard and we had so much fun using the acorn caps for whistles and in art projects. Best of everything with your new book. I’m sharing on Twitter.


  18. This book sounds treemendously charming…. putting it on my TBR list!


  19. I am surrounded by oak trees and am so excited about this book! We definitely need this on our shelves.
    (blog follower)


  20. I love trees so I’m excited about this book! I’m happy to follow this blog!


  21. This looks fantastic and I’m super excited to see Mike’s work! ❤


  22. Seriously, have you ever seen such a cute stinking acorn?! Adorable. And I love him against the backdrop of his giant parent. Can’t wait to read.


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