Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 25, 2021

Book Giveaway: OBI’S MUD BATH by Annette Schottenfeld

Annette Schottenfeld has a new  picture book titled, OBI’S MUD BATH, illustrated by Folasade Adeshida and published by Spork. Annette has agreed to send a book with one lucky winner living in the US.

All you have to do to get in the running is to 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.

Thank you for helping Annette and Folasade.


Zimbabwe is having a dry spell, and it’s way too hot for young rhino Obi. On the hunt for a cool, ooey, gooey, mud bath, he gets his snout stuck in one mess after another. Finally, with help from his new friends, Obi realizes that teamwork and some fancy moves – might just help beat the heat.

Inspired by an actual event, Obi’s Mud Bath includes Common Core Connections and explores themes of perseverance, friendship, and the power of believing.

** A portion of this book’s proceeds will be donated to, an organization which empowers families around the world with access to safe water and sanitation.


My book journey for Obi’s Mud Bath began when a news article caught my eye. On a scorching day in Zimbabwe a little rhino named Mark was searching for juicy greenery. Unfortunately, there was litter on the ground and his snout became stuck in a tire, leaving him unable to eat or drink. A team of vets came to his rescue and Mark made a full recovery. Go Mark go!!!

The scene kept playing in my mind…this little rhino full of determination, exhausted, and then finally free. I envisioned a captivating picture book that could give back by helping the environment. And let’s face it, who doesn’t love a cute rhino story!

With the help of my critique partners, I began to define the story arc. Then, I needed to find a way to showcase a main character who was filled with determination, playfulness, and a belief that anything was possible. Hmmm…rhinos love mud baths, and no rain meant no mud. The bones were there, but it still needed the magic that makes everything come together.

The story gained that spark when I took The Craft and Business of Writing Picture Books at The Children’s Book Academy during that summer of 2018. The Academy’s founder, Dr. Mira Reisberg – who also became the editor and art director for Obi’s Mud Bath – believed in Obi (and me!) and encouraged me to reach outside the box and enrich my word choices. I wove in lyrical language that included assonance, alliteration, and rhythm and rhyme. Now the story had found its magic!

I set out to research animal friends for Obi who were not predators of one another, as there was no room for a scuffle, and select authentic African names for them. The animals added another layer and were crafted to help with pacing. Showing the friends working together – teamwork – was an important concept to include, as it led Obi to come up with a solution for his problem.

To ensure an accurate depiction of the landscape, cultural appropriateness, and language, I consulted with Esau Mavindidze, a native of Zimbabwe and Shona language expert, who was instrumental as the story’s cultural sensitivity reader.

I was thrilled when Obi’s Mud Bath was acquired by Mira and her Spork imprint at Clear Fork Publishing, with publisher Callie Metler.

Obi’s Mud Bath got another dose of magic when Mira selected and then worked with Obi’s talented illustrator, Folasade Adeshida, who mirrored Obi’s voice in her fabulous illustrations. The result was an adorable character that readers couldn’t help but root for. I was treated to a front row seat as Mira video critiqued the illustration process, which gave me a new perspective when working on final copy edits.

Just like Obi who journeyed to find his mud bath, this story was a journey that led me to my end goal of becoming a published children’s author. It wouldn’t have been possible without my Dream Team, including Mira, Callie, Folasade, Esau, and my writing partners. Thank you!

To all the writers and illustrators out there, remember:

Don’t stop,

Don’t quit,

Decide you can – reach your mud bath!

Additionally, the book has given me the opportunity and platform to make a difference on a larger scale. A portion of the proceeds from Obi’s Mud Bath will be donated to, an organization which empowers families around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. Check out: Shop to Support .


Annette is passionate about writing for children, hip-hop dance, and environmental issues, believing all have the power to change lives. When children read her books, she hopes they find themselves on a journey with new friends and positive takeaways.

She received her degree as a registered dietitian from Syracuse University and her MBA from Hofstra University. Annette currently lives in New York with her husband and two grown children.

Annette has written Obi’s Mud Bath (Spork/Clear Fork Publishing) illustrated by Folasade Adeshida and Not So Fast, Max: A Rosh Hashanah Visit with Grandma (Kalaniot Books) illustrated by Jennifer Kirkham.

You can find Annette online on TwitterFacebook, or


Folasade Adeshida is an illustrator and graphic designer. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, she is passionate about African stories. Folasade grew up on a steady diet of fantasy books and seeks to recreate for African children the same sense of wonder those books sparked in her. When she isn’t illustrating, she is bingeing on true crime podcasts with her cat Odin.

You can find Folasade online on Twitter,  Instagram or

Annette, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I like how you used a young rhino to help children learn that perseverance, friendship, teamwork, and the power of believing can make things happen. Faolasade di a nice job helping you tell that story. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. such a different story and so cute

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    • Thank you Beth!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. There are just so many positive aspects to this fun book. Knowledge of foreign countries, animal appreciation and philanthropy are all concepts that kids should be aware of. Thanks, I’d love to have a copy.
    I’ve tweeted:, and pinned:
    Thanks again, have a great day everyone!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you so much! Good luck 🙂


  3. Too cute! Congratulations!

    Shared on Twitter and I follow by email. 🙂

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    • Thanks for posting Angie!

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      • 🙂 You’re welcome!


  4. What an adorable book. Thanks for telling me about it and Annette’s journey to publication.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you!


  5. Obi has won my heart. Congratulations Annette and Folasade! I’m sharing this post on twitter.

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    • Thanks for sharing Charlotte! Obi stole my heart too! Folasade’s illustrations are amazing.

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  6. Congrats, Annette and Folasade! (I’m signed up for the emails, too.)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you Susan!


  7. What a special story! Great work, Annette and Folasade!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you so much Marci!


  8. Sounds gorgeous. Just my style of picture book, and such a great cause is benefitting. Will be retweeting.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you so much! 🙂


  9. This sounds fabulous, I would love to read this one! (I get the emails and tweeted)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you Charlotte!


  10. Congratulations on your book and thanks for the encouragement to aspiring writers. I shared this blog post on Twitter.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for sharing Stephanie! Keep writing!


  11. I love the African setting and names. Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you Jill!


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