“Ingredients that go into Writing a Picture Book” by Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans (Cookiesaurus Rex), Plus Giveaway!

Screen-Shot-2017-09-21-at-11.29.31-PM

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!

 
AMY FELLNER DOMINY is an author of teen and tween novels, including DIE FOR YOU, A MATTER OF HEART, AUDITION & SUBTRACTION, and OyMG, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Amy is a former advertising copywriter and earned an MFA in playwriting. Her plays for adults and children have been staged across the country. Amy lives with her family in Phoenix, AZ. Visit her online at amydominy.com or on Twitter at @amydominy.
 
 
Meet Nate Evans!
 

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!

 
 As soon as Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven, he declares that he is King of All Cookies. He should be frosted before all of the standard-shaped cookies, in a nice bright green. But the other cookies are getting sprinkles, or shiny stars, or even gumdrops . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN' STOMPIN' MINUTE! Cookiesaurus wants a do-over. Problem is, he might not end up with the kind of "do" he wants. Readers will love the funny back-and-forth between this cheeky cookie and the hand that frosts him. See who gets his licks in at the end!
 

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.)

INGREDIENTS:

Caffeine

 

 

Doodle Pad & Super Fun Pen

 

 

Computer

 

A Sprinkle of What If?

A Dash of Why not?

Time

Thick Skin

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.

 

 

Cookiesaurus Rex

By: Amy Fellner Dominy & Nate Evans

Release Date: September 26, 2017

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

 
              Four winners will receive a copy of Cookiesaurus Rex (US only).
 
 

*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Blog Tour: Lone Stars by Mike Lupica, Plus Excerpt...
Author Chat with David Barclay Moore (The Stars Be...

Related Posts

 

Comments 5

Already Registered? Login Here
John on Friday, 22 September 2017 17:07

The cover and illustrations are gorgeous. It does sound tasty.

0
The cover and illustrations are gorgeous. It does sound tasty.
Alyssa Annico on Friday, 29 September 2017 07:25

It looks and sounds super cute!

0
It looks and sounds super cute!
Dan Denman on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 12:35

The cover is cute and colorful. CR sounds like a funny cookie. I want to read his story.

0
The cover is cute and colorful. CR sounds like a funny cookie. I want to read his story.
Danielle Hammelef on Saturday, 21 October 2017 15:20

The cover is fun and very cute. The synopsis sounds funny and delicious!

0
The cover is fun and very cute. The synopsis sounds funny and delicious!
Pam Flynn on Sunday, 22 October 2017 12:19

I love the idea of a cookie having attitude & the way he finds out that maybe he really isn't in charge! Great cover that got my attention & I know it will get kids as well!

0
I love the idea of a cookie having attitude & the way he finds out that maybe he really isn't in charge! Great cover that got my attention & I know it will get kids as well!

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

The Secret Key (Agatha Oddly)
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Meet thirteen-year-old Agatha Oddly – a bold, determined heroine, and...
Skipping Forward
 
3.8
 
0.0 (0)
What if you could skip forward in time, but...
The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious, #3)
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the...
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
A heartbroken teen, with the help of her best...
Golden Chains
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Never fall in love with the enemy. If only...
Wardens of Eternity
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
Magic and magical creatures. Immortal gods and goddesses. History...
Tweet Cute
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Fifteen-year-old JL Markham's life used to be filled with carnival...
The Lost Legends
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
All her life, Princess Adalina heard tales of the legendary,...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
In a series of interwoven fictionalized stories, Deborah Noyes gives...
In the Hall with the Knife
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
A murderer could be around every corner in this thrilling...
Birthday
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Boyhood meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this...

Latest Member Reviews

The Secret Key (Agatha Oddly)
 
4.0
"Agatha loves the work of Detective Hercule Poirot. He's actually her imaginary friend and she uses his work to influence..."
 
4.3
"JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME is Gae Polisner’s most recent YA Contemporary novel. Like in her other books, she..."
Woven in Moonlight
 
5.0
"Woven in Moonlight is a beautiful and lush fantasy, based on the culture and history of Bolivia. It is set..."
Julie Winsome M.D., Medical Detective Science Fiction Mysteries, Volume # 1
 
4.7
"Always fun to follow along with Dr. Julie Winsome Medical Detective! Great stories and I love the writing style..."
 
3.0
"WE ARE ALL HIS CREATURES by Deborah Noyes is a series of eleven short stories about the beloved showman, P.T...."
Jane Anonymous: A Novel
 
4.7
"JANE ANONYMOUS follows two timelines: one while Jane was captured for 7 months and one after she is back home...."
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
 
4.3
"FINDING MR. BETTER-THAN-YOU starts off like a cheesy romantic comedy, but ends up being a lot more fulfilling light-hearted YA..."
Freaky in Fresno
 
3.7
"FREAKY IN FRESNO is a spin on the old novel, FREAKY FRIDAY. Ricki (nickname for Lyric) had a falling out..."
Only Mostly Devastated
 
4.3
"ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED is a charming YA contemporary romance that follows Ollie. Ollie had lived in California, until this year..."
Neffatira's First Challenge
 
5.0
"The descriptions are very beautiful and you can perceive the feelings of the characters to the point of empathy. ..."
Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood Duology #1)
 
4.3
"INK IN THE BLOOD is an engaging and atmospheric YA fantasy. Celia Sand was delighted when she was chosen to..."
Starfell: Willow Moss & the Lost Day (Starfell, #1)
 
4.0
"STARFELL is a charming and magic-filled middle grade fantasy that sweeps young readers away into another world. Willow Moss seemed..."
Journey of the Pale Bear
 
5.0
"What an adventure I just had! From the moment, I opened the book, I was transported to the 13th century..."
Hey Grandude!
 
4.5
"'Hey Grandude!' by Paul McCartney, illustrated by Kathryn Durst, is a fun, colorful, and exciting adventure. The illustrations enhance the..."
What I Want You to See
 
4.0
"WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE is an interesting book that discusses homelessness, choices and their intersection with privilege, as..."
The 47 People You'll Meet in Middle School
 
4.7
"'The 47 People You'll Meet in Middle School' by Kristin Mahoney is an endearing look at an often hard time..."
Jesse and the Ice Princess (Gulf City High)
 
5.0
"Jesse and the Ice Princess by Michelle MacQueen is the first book in her new series Gulf City High, and..."
 
4.0
"The insatiable oasis will hunt down the thieves of this book and tear them apart, limb by limb, devouring their..."
No Map, Great Trip: A Young Writer's Road to Page One
 
4.0
"'No Map, Great Trip: A Young Writer's Road to Page One' by Paul Fleischman tells the story of the author..."
All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1)
 
5.0
"ALL THE STARS AND TEETH is an imaginative and lush YA fantasy that transports the reader to a fascinating new..."