Today we are very excited to share an interview with author Jessika von Innerebner (That’s My Sweater)!
Read on to learn more about her, her book, and a giveaway!
Meet the Author: Jessika von Innerebner
Jessika von Innerebner is a self-taught artist who landed her first illustration job at seventeen and has been coloring her way through studios like Disney and Atomic Cartoons ever since. Jess is the illustrator of several picture books and chapter books and is the creator of the Kevin the Unicorn series. She and her illustrator husband live in Canada.
About the Book: That’s My Sweater!
An outrageously funny sibling rivalry story with a hand-me-down twist
Olivia loves her favorite sweater. I mean, she really really loves it. So when her mom decides it’s time to hand it down to Olivia’s baby brother, Olivia vows that she will not rest until she and her beloved sweater are reunited.
In her riotously funny new picture book, Kevin the Unicorn creator Jessika von Innerebner puts an oh-so-satisfying spin on an age-old conflict that is bound to delight siblings of all stripes.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
It might come as a shock, but sharing was not my forte. When it came to passing something on, especially a favorite item – that was a whole new level of letting go. This book was written as a reminder to my inner child, for children currently going through this, and for grown-up children who need a refresher. Letting go of something you love that no longer serves you can be tough at any age.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Though he has no lines, my favorite character in this book is the baby brother. He is drool covered and blissfully unaware of the drama going on around him. One day he too will have to learn this lesson. Will he remember the sweater incident?
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Both the title and story landed at the same time for this picture book. A demanding title works perfectly!
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I thoroughly enjoyed The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, a novel with the most delicious descriptions. The imagery she paints with words pulls you into a magical world you never want to leave. My imagination thoroughly enjoyed the journey!
YABC: What’s up next for you?
My fourth book is titled Sprout Branches Out. A budding new picture book character with roots in a hilarious and heartfelt adventure about growing up, taking risks, and finding home again.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Being fully open to adventure! I thrive on exploring, traveling, learning, and trying new things. This helps me see the world from many different perspectives and really connect with others.
YABC: What is the main message or lesson you would like your reader to remember from this book?
No matter how old or young you are giving up something you love and doesn’t serve you anymore so someone else can love it can be tough. Letting go frees us up to take on new things and adventures.
YABC: What advice do you have for new writers?
Write and write often. Just the same as illustrating, find styles you like and try them out. This is one of the best ways to learn. Play with it and have fun!
Title: THAT’S MY SWEATER!
Author: Jessika von Innerebner
Illustrator: Jessika von Innerebner
Release Date: October 4, 2022
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Genre: Hardcover Picture Book
Age Range: 5-8
~ Giveaway Details ~
Five (5) winners will receive a copy of That’s My Sweater! (Jessika von Innerebner) ~US/CAN ONLY
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