Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 14, 2021

Book Giveaway: BLOB by Anne Appert


BOOK DESCRIPTION: 

A humorous picture book featuring a blob (n. a creature that can be anything they want) about embracing who we are and the many things we can be.

Blob is a creature of indeterminate kind. Blob can be a giraffe, cotton candy, and even an octopus. It’s not until a certain someone continuously calls them “Bob” that Blob starts to question who they really are.

After a series of funny yet enlightening discoveries about all the possible things they can be, Blob realizes that the best thing to be is . . .

Blob.

(With the L.)

Author, artist, and auntie Anne Appert creates an irresistible story sure to please fans of What If, Pig?Tiny T. Rex, and other hilariously charming and meaningful picture books.

BOOK JOURNEY:

It all started in Spring of 2019 with an illustration of a badger and a cat. Except, it wasn’t an illustration of a badger and a cat. I drew a scene of forest animals playing hide and seek, and included a skunk and a squirrel.

Skunk, not badger. Squirrel, not cat. I joked with a friend that maybe nobody could tell what my blobby animals were, but at least they were cute.

And then the thought popped into my head “What if I just draw a blob?”

The second thought that popped into my head was “A blob, that can be anything!”

As I started to draw Blob, the following lines flew out of my head and onto a scrap piece of paper at my day job.

 

Narrator: This is B(l)ob. (art: L added by Blob)

Blob: Hi!

Narrator: B(l)ob is a creature of indeterminate kind.

Blob: An Ambiguous animal, if you will.

 

Blob became a panda. And a mouse. I posted these quick drawings on instagram and twitter, thinking that it had been an enjoyable exercise in poking fun at my drawing skills. However, the response I got on social media was unlike any I had seen on my accounts before, which made me realize: people loved Blob! They wanted Blob to be a book!

I said yes! Let’s make this a book.

I wrote the first draft of Blob very quickly. Shortly after I posted Blob on social media, an editor I was working with at the time saw my illustrations on twitter. She asked my agent if I had a story for Blob. Good thing I had that draft.

I said yes.

We sent the manuscript to the editor. Unfortunately, it ended up not being a good fit, but now I loved this story and this character. I created and revised a dummy with my agent and we sent it on submission 2 months later. And then…

Crickets.

Then several more no’s.

 

I wasn’t upset. I knew this story was going to find a home. There was something special about this character, and I knew they were going to connect with someone, some time, some day.

 

In November of 2019, Blob had been out on submission since the summer. I signed up for a portfolio critique event in NYC with an art director. The day before the event, I received an email that the art director couldn’t make it and would I be willing to meet with the editor they had found to take their place?

I was still going to get feedback on my work! So I said yes.

 

As I was showing this editor my portfolio, she kept coming back to the page of Blob drawings that I had decided at the last minute to include. She asked me if I had a story for it and if so, could my agent send it to her?

I said yes, absolutely.

We sent the dummy to the editor the next day and heard back almost immediately that she loved Blob. She was taking Blob to her acquisitions team.

And on a Wednesday in November, I got a call from my agent.

The editor from HarperCollins and her team?

They said yes.

 

It wasn’t until my editor asked me to write about this story that I really understood the heart of Blob and why they connected with people. Blob shows that you can be yourself, even if sometimes you don’t know exactly who that is. I also realized how much of me is in Blob: the insistence that people add the “e” to the end of my name, growing up as a twin and always being called the wrong name, the fear of having to choose “who to be” when grownups asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Somehow, all these questions of identity had woven themselves together and formed a blob, a blob who I hope will capture reader’s hearts for years to come.

ANNE’S BIO:

Anne Appert is a storyteller who uses whimsy and humor to inspire and connect with readers on their own journeys towards becoming their most authentic selves. Though she has lived in New Jersey her whole life, her childhood was spent with her nose stuck in a book and a wild imagination that transformed my backyard into faraway places. Then she went to the Fashion Institute of Technology for my B.F.A. in Illustration with a minor in English so she could bring her stories to life. Now she puts those worlds on paper using digital media to create books for other children to stick their noses into.

She finds her inspiration in memories of her childhood, the outdoors, anything colorful, and traveling, especially visiting her many cute nephews and nieces. When not creating stories and art for children, she likes to paint flowers and patterns and have taken several classes at the Fashion Institute in Textile and Surface Design.

BLOB is her debut book with a second book to follow with HarperCollins.

Anne has been a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) since 2012, and is also a member of the 12×12 challenge, a challenge to write 12 picture books in 12 months. She currently volunteers as the Illustrator Coordinator for the NJ chapter of SCBWI and as a moderator on the weekly #kidlitart chat on twitter.

 

 


Responses

  1. I think….no wait, I’m sure I’m in love with B(l)ob!

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  2. Congratulations, Anne! Blob sounds like he’s going to have many adventures. I can’t wait to read it.
    (Shared on Twitter and I receive the daily email blog posts.)

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  3. Congratulations, Anne & Blob! Always love learning the backstory of picture books, especially debuts. To your continued success!

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  4. I think I’m in love. Congratulations, Anne!

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  5. So fun to hear of your book’s journey. Sounds like a delightful story! Can’t wait to read it!

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  6. This books sounds so fun and one that I will definitely be adding to my ‘want’ lists! Thank you for sharing : )

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  7. Congratulations Anne! I loved hearing more about Blob’s journey. Definitely can’t wait to read this one.

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  8. Shared on Twitter

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  9. We’re all blobs. Cute idea!

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  10. I loved reading about Blob’s journey!

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  11. I’m totally onboard with Blob. How many things are we anyway? Thanks for the chance to win a copy of their story.

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  12. Congrats, Anne! (Shared on Twitter and I receive the daily emails.)

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  13. I enjoyed reading about Blob’s journey to publication and love this idea! Congrats on your success and future book too. I’m an email subscriber and shared: https://yesreaderwriterpoetmusician.tumblr.com/post/662327770573045760/via-book-giveaway-blob-by-anne-appert

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  14. Great interview, Anne! I love seeing Blob every step of the way. Congrats!

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  15. BLOB! What a unique, fun, clever idea. I love it!

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  16. Such a clever concept. I can’t wait to read it! Congratulations, Anne!

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

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  17. Fabulous idea! This book would sit well on my middle school shelves too! I’m RT-ing on twitter and tagging librarian friends of Prince William School Librarians Association.

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  18. Congratulations!!!

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  19. How fun! I can’t wait to read about the fabulous Blob! Congratulations, Anne

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  20. This is just such a fun story! Congratulations, I can’t wait to read this book. (I subscribe to the blog too.)

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  21. What a cute book! Can’t wait to take a look, Anne. Best of luck!

    Kathy, I follow your blog and have reposted to Facebook and Twitter.

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  22. What fun — be all you can be! (Newsletter subscriber).

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  23. I’m SO excited for you, Anne! How cute is your BOB?! 😀 😀 😀 ❤ ❤ ❤

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  24. I see a furry marshmallow! Blob is adorable in every form. (Kathy, I subscribe to this blog.)

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