Today we're excited to share a guest post from Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans, authors of Cookiesaurus Rex! Read on for more about the authors, their book, and a giveaway!
Meet Amy Fellner Dominy!
NATE EVANS is the author or author-illustrator of more than forty children's books, including PONYELLA with Laura Numeroff. His most recent picture book is BANG! BOOM ROAR! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs. Before turning to his true love--children's books--he was a greeting card artist. Nate is also a seventh grade English teacher and loves to share his passion for books with students. He lives in Gilbert, AZ. Visit him online at nateevans.com.
Meet Cookiesaurus Rex!
Ingredients that go into Writing a Picture Book
Want to whip up a tasty picture book?
We’re Amy and Nate, the co-authors of Cookiesaurus Rex, and we always get asked how did our dinosaur cookie come to be? Well, today we’re here to share our secret recipe. (Eat your heart out Julia Child.)
Doodle Pad & Super Fun Pen
A Sprinkle of What If?
A Dash of Why not?
1. Gather together your ingredients.
2. Mix until you have laughter. (Note: This can take some time so be patient. And if you like to create at a public coffee shop, we recommend a table in the back.)
3. Don’t worry about how your batter looks—experimenting at this stage is recommended.
4. Once you have your idea on paper, pour it into your computer and mold gently until it takes shape.
5. Carefully inspect for any weaknesses. Is every word tasty? If not how can it be sweetened?
6. Use the Delete Key liberally to improve the consistency and flavor.
7. Give your creation time to settle and then taste.
Repeat steps 5-7 as many times as necessary. Don’t be discouraged if something is lacking. (This particular Cookie was mixed and re-mixed seven times before it was just right.)
If you have a trusted taster, you can always share a sample. This taster should be gentle and kind, offering you a compliment sandwich: something you did right, a crumb of supportive criticism, followed with another helping of compliments. We got feedback along the way from our agent, Caryn Wiseman. We’re pretty sure she spit out those first few bites, but that’s where the thick skin comes in handy. (See ingredient list.)
Once you’ve taken your finished masterpiece from the oven, pause a moment for a deep breath. You smell that? That’s the scent of success. Finishing a book is never easy and always worth celebrating.
Finally, it’s time to share. This is a scary part for a lot of bakers. It’s possible that all your hard work will not be to the tastes of those you want to impress. But you’ll handle it because you’ve still got your thick skin on, right? And sometimes, it takes a little while to find that person with the right palate to really appreciate and love your masterpiece. So don’t give up. It took a little while until our cookie fell into exactly the right hands at Disney-Hyperion.
And now, we’re so excited to share Cookiesaurus Rex with you. We hope you devour it with joy. And, if it inspires you to try your hand at your own creation, we wish you happy baking.
By: Amy Fellner Dominy & Nate Evans
Release Date: September 26, 2017