Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 17, 2021

Book Giveaway: I WANT AN APPLE, HOW MY BODY WORKS by David L Harrison

David L Harrison has written a new picture book, I WANT AN APPLE, HOW MY BODY WORKS, illustrated by David Catrow and publish by Holiday House. They have agreed to send a copy to the one lucky US winner.

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 David and David.

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!


Your body is busy, busy, busy! Learn how it works in this funny-but-informative book.

I want an apple. Smart brain, help me find one. Sniffy nose, smell the apple. Bright eyes, help me see it.
Legs, feet, arms, teeth, tongue, tummy . . . and long intestine too . . . all snap into action when a child decides she wants an apple. A clever and humorous introduction to body parts and their function.

David Harrison is a beloved, award-winning author. The David Harrison Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri was named in his honor. The illustrator, David Catrow, is known for his humor and hyperbole. Honors include a New York Times Best Illustrated Award.


In September, 2016, I made my annual trip to New York City to see editors. Among them that year was Jeffrey Salane (who has since been promoted to Vice President and Editorial Director) at the Little Simon imprint of Simon & Schuster. We had a good visit about the sorts of ideas that appealed to him.

“I would love to see a book for the very young about how the body works,” Jeff told me. “I wouldn’t want this to be just another science book that lists body parts and their functions,” he said. “I would only be interested if the book had heart, a genuine appreciation for the body, told in a way that a young audience could identify with it.”

After returning to Springfield, I got busy on a manuscript with Jeff in mind. I’d written about the body before. In All About Me, the 1969 edition of Childcraft, I wrote the first third of the volume, which was about the anatomy and physiology of children’s bodies. In this case, I followed Salane’s request to keep the narrative more story-like, factual but “with heart,” and focused on the very young.

I decided to write about a child who wants a cookie and how his/her body responds, step by step, on the successful search. I named it, I Want a Cookie, sent the result to Jeff, and settled in for the usual wait. Like most editors, he’s slow to respond. I nudged him after seven months but received no response. After a year, I sent him a note to say I was going to start showing the story to other editors. More silence. I began by sending a query to Grace Maccarone at Holiday House. Grace and I had known each other since her days at Scholastic. She and I had brainstormed many ideas during visits to her office, but not a one had ever made it into print.

Grace called shortly after receiving the query to invite me to share the manuscript with her. Two weeks after I sent it, she was back with a few concerns from her committee. I did the tweaking, the title was changed from cookie to apple (healthier), and we were in business. Since signing the contract in 2017, four years have gone by, plus the year before that when I wrote the original story. Much of that time was spent looking for and waiting for just the right artist to do the book.

David Catrow was worth waiting for. His impish cartoon characters are perfect for the story, a stroke of genius by Grace Maccarone. I’ve only recently seen the finished book and still haven’t had the pleasure of communicating directly with David. I hope one day to have that chance. I dedicated the book to Annie Busch, a dear friend and former head of the Springfield-Greene County Public Library system who named a conference room in the main branch after me. I might also have added names of my biology professors waaay back at Drury University and Emory University. There’s a lot of what they taught me in this little book for children.


David Harrison has published ninety-four titles that have earned dozens of honors, including the Christopher Award for The Book of Giant Stories.  His work has been translated into twelve languages, anthologized more than one hundred eighty-five times, and appeared in over eighty magazines and professional journals. In Springfield, MO, David Harrison Elementary School is named for him. His poem, “My Book,” is sandblasted into The Children’s Garden sidewalk at the Burton Barr Library in Phoenix, Arizona and painted on a bookmobile in Pueblo, Colorado. David’s poetry inspired Sandy Asher’s popular, award winning school plays, Somebody Catch My Homeworkand Jesse and Grace and has been set to music performed for numerous live audiences. In 2007, the Missouri Librarian Association presented David with its Literacy Award for the body of his work.

David had three new new published books come out in 2020. A picture book titled, RUM PUM PUM written with Jane Yolen. GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH written with Laura Robb and this book EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE of VOCABULARY with Mary Jo Fresch.  He holds two degrees in science and two honorary doctorates of letters (MSU and Drury University). He is poet laureate for Drury University and honorary doctor of letters degrees from Missouri State University and Drury University. He regularly speaks at conferences and visits schools. David lives with his wife, Sandy, a business owner and retired guidance counselor. He is working on many new books.



David Catrow (born December 16, 1952) is an American artist, cartoonist, and illustrator of children’s books. He and his wife, Deborah, live in Springfield, Ohio and have two children.

David is primarily a writer and illustrator of books for children; having over 70 published works in print. His scholastic book series MAX SPANIEL to name one example, has sold over a million copies. He has had NYT best sellers and two NYT Best Illustrated Books. He continue to develop projects with Simon and Schuster, Penguin Putnam, Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin, Harper-Collins, and the list goes on.

In addition to his publishing work he has worked extensively in film/TV, spending over a year creating the visual development for films such as HORTON HEARS A WHO, DESPICABLE ME, and others. In addition he has done development work adapting the animated Stuart Little for television and extensive development work on the animated television series PLANTZILLA, which was based on the popular children’s books written by Jerdine Nolen.

His syndicated editorial cartoons has run in over 1000 newspapers across Canada and the US.

David, Thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. You always have such fun ideas. A perfect book to introduce children on all the things a body does with a thought as simple as wanting an apple. David did a wonderful job creating the illustrations. His whimsical artwork adds so much playfulness to each page. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,




  1. This looks like a wonderful book for my little granddaughter……thanks for sharing about it here!

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  2. Congrats on the new book, David and David! (I’m signed up for the emails, too.)

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  3. I loved reading about the conception of this book and its journey! Congrats to both Davids. It looks like a wonderful book! I posted on Twitter and get your blog daily, Kathy. Great interview!

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  4. What a clever idea to introduce body parts. I love David Catrow’s illustrations! I shared this on Twitter:

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  5. So clever and such cute illustrations too. I’d love to have a copy.
    I’ve tweeted:, and shared:
    I also follow daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks, have a super day!!

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  6. What a clever approach to introducing children to all the things their bodies do. The illustrations are just wonderful, too. Congratulations to you both!

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  7. Love the idea and love the illustrations! Congrats!

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  8. Any new book by David is cause for celebration. This one looks really special. Yes, David Catrow’s illustrations were with waiting for. Beautiful! I follow your blog by email. Thanks for the post. I tweeted about the giveaway.

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  9. This looks like a wonderful and fun STEM book. This is a new author to me and I’ll have to check out his other books. I’m an email subscriber and shared:

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  10. I love the backstory, and I love what I’ve seen of this book! Holiday House delivers! Congrats on surviving and thriving in this industry. It ain’t, as they say, for the faint of heart. I follow your blog, Kathy, and sent a tweet about this into the ether, too.

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  11. Aww! What a great author/illustrator combination. This looks like such a fun read!

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  12. Congratulations on what looks like another winner, David!

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  13. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book. The art is fabulous!

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  14. This looks so fun. My kindergartners would love to add this to their science curriculum.

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  15. […] Yesterday we were on the road when Kathy Temean’s feature of my new book, I WANT AN APPLE, was posted on her incredible blog. You can see it at… […]

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  16. Kathy, I am grateful, as always, for your support. I love David Catrow’s artwork and have high hopes for this new book. Thank you for helping us introduce it.

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  17. David, what a wonderful book! Perfect for apple season. 🙂 Congrats!

    Kathy, I follow by email and I tweeted this post. 🙂

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  18. This book wets my tastebuds. As a recently retired pediatric nurse practitioner, I can’t wait to read this story (and glad it IS about an apple). The illustrations are beautiful!

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  19. What a great book! I love the dog 🙂

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