Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 28, 2022

Book Giveaway: MONSTERS IN THE BRINY by Lynn Becker

Lynn Becker has a new picture book, MONSTERS IN THE BRINY, illustrated by Scott Brundage and published by Sleeping Bear Press on April 15th. They have agreed to send a copy to the one lucky winner in the US.

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 Lynn and Scott.

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. If you want to make sure you don’t miss seeing that you won, please click “Notify Me of Follow-Up Comments By Email” box. I will leave a comment in reply if you win the book. Thanks!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

What do you do with a grumpy kraken, a sickly sea serpent, and a tearful gigantic tortoise? You sing them a tune, of course! Following the sea shanty rhyme of What Do You Do With . . ., a ship’s crew of sailors has to contend with a coterie of mythical sea creatures, all demanding comfort and attention. As each creature threatens to swamp the ship, the quick-thinking crew knows just what to do to save the day, from serving pancakes to mopping a sweaty forehead to sharing an umbrella to keep the rain away. But what happens when the sailors have had enough? Back matter includes information about the sea creatures featured, music and lyrics, along with a brief history of sea shanties.

BOOK JOURNEY:

After spending many years learning the ins and outs of writing for children, my debut picture book MONSTERS IN THE BRINY (illustrated by Scott Brundage and published by Sleeping Bear Books) came about when I stepped away from everything I had ever done before!

Once I had three or four of what I considered to be strong manuscripts that were ready to query, I decided that, rather than adding more and more stories and trying to submit them all, I would reward myself during the tough business of querying agents: I would write something that would make me—and my younger-kid self—happy, even if my critique partners were the only ones who ever saw it.

So I began a poetry collection! As a kid I had a huge love of mythology and monsters, so that’s what I wrote about. And when I came to the kraken, I figured it would be fun and fitting to include a sea shanty. And then I walked—a lot. Because walking is one of the best ways for me to find my rhythm and free up my brain to take chances.

I wrote my short, rhyming sea shanty about a grumpy kraken, and when I took it to my critique group, they laughed so hard that we all agreed I had to try writing it into a picture book. I had never written a complete manuscript in rhyme before this, but I have always enjoyed picture books that rhyme and have a number of critique partners who do it well, so I read it somewhat regularly.

At first, the story was all about the different moods of the one kraken, but then I took it to a retreat and got the fabulous advice to make each stanza about a different sea monster. I did my research and ended up with five beasties. Each beastie was assigned their own unique problem, which would then compound the troubles for the poor sailors and their ship. Hijinks would ensue.

I think for me one of the best parts was finding unexpected rhymes, and using words that are fun to say. For instance, the five-headed hydra is hungry, so the poor crew has to “haul him up a net of fishes,” and after reading the story you will know the sailors must “serve them any way he wishes,” and that “plankton gravy is delicious!” The day I nailed down a final draft of that stanza was delicious, indeed!

I worked on MONSTERS IN THE BRINY for a relatively short five months or so and then, because it felt ready, I sent it out. This story has truly been magical for me. Within a few months of beginning to query it, I signed with Lori Steel at Raven Quill Literary, we made some revisions and, not long thereafter, had interest from Sleeping Bear Press!

To my mind, the most important things I learned during the writing of MONSTERS IN THE BRINY were to take chances, not be afraid of trying my hand at rhyme, and to go on plenty of walks! Because the best picture books, whether they rhyme or not, will have a rhythmic feel as we speak them aloud, whether we’re out on a trail or cuddled together with a child.

Kathy, thanks so much for having me on your blog!

LYNN’S BIO:

Lynn has been a reader and creator all her life. Her debut picture book, MONSTERS IN THE BRINY, illustrated by Scott Brundage (Sleeping Bear Press), comes out in April 2022. JUNE MOON, illustrated by Nate Carvalho (Familius) comes out in Spring 2023.

After growing up in New York, Lynn spent many years in the Southern California desert with her husband, children, cats, dog, and lots and lots of chickens. She now lives in Colorado. The chickens stayed behind, but a few mythical beasties may have followed her to her new home…!

When she’s not writing picture books or children’s book reviews, she’s hiking, doing crazy-long yoga classes, and dreaming up even more picture books.
Email: lynnbeckerbooks@gmail.com

SCOTT’S BIO:

Scott was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut. He began working professionally while studying at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA after winning a children’s helmet design contest. His helmet design was later created and sold by Bell Helmets, protecting and decorating young heads nationwide.

His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators 57,  American Illustration 29, Spectrum 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 and won a Silver award in Spectrum Fantastic Art 18 and Bronze award in Illustration West 55. His paintings have been seen in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Tor Books, AARP, The Washington Post and many others.

Scott enjoys creating entertaining watercolor images and running in very short shorts in urban environments that tend to be somewhat unready for such sights.

Lynn, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I love how the sea creatures threaten to swamp the ship and the quick thinking sailors know just what to do to save the day. The text is as rhythmatic as the sea. Children will have so much fun as they learn the power of working together while they heave and ho in unison with the sailors. The back matter is great and Scott’s illustrations are sure to keep young readers wanting to turn every page and visit many times. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. This looks so fantastic!! Rhyme is my favorite. Can’t wait to read this! (I am also a subscriber.) 😊

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    • Thanks, Lindsey, hope you like the book!

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  2. Awesome book!!

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    • Thanks, Anitha!

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  3. Your sea shanties are real ear-worms — thanks for sharing the delightful rhymes and images, Lynn and Scott!

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    • Thanks, Grant :–)

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  4. This book looks like fun!

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  5. This looks so fun! Can’t wait to see it. Congratulations!

    Kathy, I follow your daily blog and I’ve reposted to Facebook and Twitter. Thanks!

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    • Thank you, Nancy!

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  6. This book looks adorable! The words and the art are equally vibrant. Great job!

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    • Thanks, Cindy, I agree that Scott did a fabulous job with the art!

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  7. Oh my gosh, Lynn! This looks wonderful. Scott’s illustrations are fantastic, too! Can’t wait to get a copy of it. Congratulations!

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    • Thank you. This was so much fun to write and I couldn’t agree more about Scott’s illustrations!!

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  8. This book looks like so much fun! Thank you for sharing how the book came to be. And congratulations!
    Kathy – I follow your blog and get it delivered each day. Love it! Thank you!

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    • Thanks, Debbie!!

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  9. Congrats, Lynn and Scott! (I’m signed up for the emails, too.)

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    • Thanks, Susan!

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  10. Love hearing the journey! Can’t wait to read this!

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    • Thank you, Cheryl, I hope you enjoy!!

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  11. Oh, such a fun twist! When I saw the title, I did not expect what you created. I LOVE it! Looks adorable and fun! Congrats!

    I follow by emails and I tweeted this post.

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    • Thanks so much, Angie!!!

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  12. I saw your book at The Wandering Jellyfish, an appropriate place for a sea tale! How fun both the rhymes and illustrations. Good luck!

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    • Thanks, Natasha, hope to see you at TWJ!

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  13. Congratulations, Lynn and Scott! What a creative and fun read for kids!

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    • Thanks so much, Terry :–)

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  14. Congratulations Lynn and Scott! FANtastic illustrations compliment the wonderful take on an old sailor’s song! Except now I can’t get it outta’ my head, Lynn 🙂 (I am a blog follower)

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    • Thanks, Donna–it’s usually in my head, too :–)

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  15. Fabulous book, Lynn and Scott! Congrats! I already have my copy and have been singing it around the house, LOL.

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    • Thanks a bajillion, Jilanne!! If you want to sing it to music, there’s a link on my website :–)

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  16. Since ‘What shall we do with the . . .” was my dad’s go-to song to bounce my babies to, I love the idea of a a rewrite with pictures! Gratitude to Lynn – and grateful to be a blog follower here.

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    • Yes–my dad was just talking about singing this to me when I was little. Thanks for your comment, Martha!

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  17. I love sea creatures & I love that your sea shanty became your debut picture book, Lynn. Love those colorful illustrations, too. I can’t wait to share this one with my soon-to-arrive Colorado grandson!

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    • I hope he likes it and thanks for your kind words!

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  18. This sounds like so much fun. Kids are going to love it. Thanks.
    I’ve shared: https://www.pinterest.com.mx/pin/336573772162904749/, and tweeted: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/1519763554999537664.
    I also follow daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks again, have a great day!!

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    • Thank you so much!

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  19. Heard a lot of hype from her agent—sounds completely deserved…looking forward to reading it. Congrats to all! I tweeted it here https://twitter.com/BookishAmbition/status/1519865837183721476 Thanks

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    • Thanks, Joanne!!

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  20. Congratulations Lynn on your debut. It looks like a fun read aloud! Sea creatures are some of my favorite PB characters!

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

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    • Thank you, Judy!

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  21. This book looks fantastic! I’m so excited to read it. I’m an email subscriber and shared: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570620215297233404

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    • Thanks so much, Danielle!

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  22. What a great concept for a book. I was drawn to the cover the first time I saw it. And I can’t resist a rhyme that’s done well. Congrats Lynn and Scott. Would love to win a copy. 😉

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    • Thanks, agree that Scott’s cover is completely wonderful!

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  23. What a fun book and the illustrations are amazing!!! Best of luck to you and your monsters 🙂

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    • The monsters and I thank you!!

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  24. Looks like lots of fun! I just wish I could sing better so that I could truly do it justice. (Kathy, I subscribe to your blog, and am sharing about this on Twitter.)

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    • Erm, I don’t sing well, either, but it’s hard not to break into the tune… thanks, Janet!

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  25. OH my gosh, the turtle’s face of utter bliss while getting his beak brushed is the best thing I’ve seen all week!

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