Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 5, 2021

Book Giveaway: IF YOU EVER MEET A SKELETON by Rebecca Evans

Rebecca Evans has a new picture book, IF YOU EVER MEET A SKELETON, illustrated Katrin Dreiling and published by Page Street Kids. They have agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

Just 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 how you shared the good news. If you follow my blog and have it delivered daily, let me know in the comments 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 Rebecca and Katrin.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Skeletons might seem frightening, but if you look closer, there’s nothing much to fear. They can’t run fast, they’re terrible at hide-and-seek, and they’re scared of everything. When a group of trick-or-treaters runs into an actual skeleton on an enchanted Halloween night, they do whatever they can get away. But what does the skeleton really want? What if they’re just looking for a friend?

With distinctive, quirky illustrations and humorous rhyming text, this book invites you to find out whether this bag of bones is a trick or a treat!

BOOK JOURNEY:

Several years ago, when my now teenagers were little, we went to a homecoming weekend at my alma mater as a family. While there, we toured the university’s new science wing and museum. One exhibit held a real human skeleton that was donated to the science department when the institution first opened and was used in some of its early anatomy and physiology classes as a learning aide. The students had even come up with an affectionate nickname for their class skeleton. When we read the plaque describing the skeleton’s journey and my young son learned it was a real skeleton, not just a plastic model, he became scared and begged us to leave.

Instead, I carried him to a nearby bench where we sat down and discussed why we didn’t need to be afraid of the skeleton. We talked about many reasons why bones couldn’t hurt him, how they weren’t alive, how they couldn’t move, etc. Because he was little, and upset, I threw a few silly reasons in our discussion as well that made him giggle instead of cry. By the end of our talk, he was running back to the skeleton to get a closer look and coming up with his own ideas of why he didn’t need to fear a bunch of old bones, most of them more goofy than true!

The experience stuck with me, I scribbled the idea in one of my “possible book concepts” lists and there it sat for a few years until one Halloween season I was inspired again by another conversation with my kids that revolved around the idea that sometimes “scary” things aren’t really scary at all. I began to wonder how many other parents had experienced similar conversations with their children in an attempt to allay fears inspired more by cartoons and scary stories than real life.

So, I dusted off the idea and began to write. As the idea took root my drafts changed from prose to rhyming, serious to silly, and a gamut of different approaches. I’d love to say that writing this book was easy, but to tell you the truth writing is rhyme is hard! I worked on over 30 drafts before I showed it to my agent who loved the idea. As an author illustrator, I even created a full dummy book for submission. My agent set up a meeting with Page Street Kids and they loved the concept! Even then my work wasn’t over. Ten additional drafts later, the writing was finally finished, and I sighed in relief!

Interestingly, the publisher had a different idea for the art than what I had drawn in my original dummy. I was on board with the art director’s vision for a more quirky style and was thrilled when they chose Katrin as the illustrator. I’ll admit that being the author and not the illustrator was a completely new, and not always easy, experience for me. I had my own ideas about what story the illustrations should tell, but I knew Katrin would have different ideas and I had to let her find her own story and style. She came up with a fabulous new concept and I am so glad she was a part of my team, and I kept my nose out of her art!

Thus, If You Ever Meet a Skeleton was born. I hope that this book helps readers see traditionally “scary” things in a new, and sometimes silly, way and learn that there is no reason to be afraid.

REBECCA’S BIO:

Rebecca Evans is a first time children’s book author, who has illustrated several picture books written by others, including Two is a Lot, Plants Fight Back, and If Animals Built Your House. She also illustrated Mark Weston’s Finding the Speed of Light, which Kirkus called a “highlight” in a starred review.

I grew up near Buffalo New York in a family chock full of musicians, artists, and crazy people with a love for life. I started drawing as soon as I could hold a crayon and just never stopped. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be an artist when I finally grew up. To that end I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Art from Messiah College with a concentration in Drawing and Illustration, and completed coursework from the Tyler School of Art. I worked for nine years as an artist and designer before returning to my first love: children’s book illustration. My experience includes illustrating and authoring more than twenty two children’s books, teaching art at the local Art Center, and publishing artwork with magazines and multiple publishing houses. I regularly speak at elementary schools and share my love of literature and art with children. I am also Co-Regional Advisor for the MD/DE/WV SCBWI and have mentored with EB Lewis. I live in Maryland and enjoy spending time with my husband and four young children, while working as an author/illustrator from my home studio during every spare moment.

KATRIN’S BIO:

Katrin Dreiling is a teacher-trained illustrator based in Brisbane who loves to come up with quirky creations that inspire children to get creative themselves. She has also provided the characters for animated university lectures and government staff coaching videos.

Born and bred in Germany, I moved to Brisbane, Australia, a long time ago and call this wonderful country home now. My work is heavily influenced by the European children’s literature I grew up with, however I am always aiming to learn new things and to fuse my new experiences with the old. I am a fast worker and good at meeting deadlines plus I am able to add creative facets to a brief.

To me, children are the true perfect grown ups. Their hearts and minds are pure and good and it is important to nurture this – I strive to do that with my art. Quirky art that uses material and techniques children are familiar with and that will hopefully inspire them to go and get creative themselves. Quirky art that inspires children to read books and make them become smart grown ups with a big heart. Because I truly believe we need more of this kind of grown ups.

Rebecca, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I love Halloween books. This one looks like it is so much fun. I love how skeleton wants to be friends, and the children run away scared, but skeleton doesn’t give up. I love the last picture where they all are friends. Good theme to never give up on the things you want. Katrin did a wonderful job with the illustrations. Good luck with the book!

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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  1. this looks so cute

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  2. What a fun book! I would love to add this to my Moldilocks and Friends collection! Wishing you spine-tingling success. Kathy, I am a newsletter subscriber 🙂 Best, Lynne Marie

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  3. This looks so much fun- great illustrations too! I can’t wait to get my hands on it -congrats!

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  4. Congrats, Rebecca and Katrin! This book looks like a lot of fun. (I’m signed up for the emails, too.)

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  5. This book is a hoot! Adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for featuring!

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  6. I enjoyed the interview and agree–writing in rhyme is hard! (So is letting go of the need to illustrate–I can relate to that, too.) This looks really fun and quirky, and good luck!
    I’m a subscriber to this blog.

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  7. Your story sounds wonderful, Rebecca! And I love Katrin’s illustrations. Congratulations to both of you!

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  8. I loved the story behind your book. Writing in perfect rhyme is very difficult for me and I enjoy reading books like yours as mentor text. I’m an email subscriber and shared on social to spread the word about this fun book: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570620215295077660

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  9. How fun! Congratulations!!

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  10. What a fun idea for a book. The illustrations are so cute. Thanks for telling me about it. I follow your blog by email.

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  11. I want this book! It’s so cute! And love knowing the back story! Congratulations!!

    *Tweeted with tags, shared on Instagram and FB stories, commented on IG posts, and pinned on Pinterest! Love it!

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  12. I NEED this book!!!! Congratulations, I can’t wait to read it! I follow your blog by email and I tweeter this post on Twitter 🙂

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  13. Congratulations! I loved reading the backstory!

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  14. this looks adorable! congrats!

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  15. Congratulations, Rebecca! This book looks terrific!

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  16. I love Halloween books and this one looks so FUN! Congratulations, Rebecca and Katrin. Thank you for sharing your book’s journey with us. Kathy, I follow your blog and tweeted.

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