Author Chat with Adam Mansbach & Camila Alves McConaughey (Just Try One Bite), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)

March 22nd, 2022 by

Today we are chatting with Adam Mansbach & Camila Alves McConaughey, authors of

Just Try One Bite!

Read on for more about Adam & Camila, their book and a giveaway!



Meet Adam Mansbach!

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Adam Mansbach is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and adults, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the **** to Sleep and the award-winning Jake the Fake series. He also writes movies, drinks espresso, and cooks delicious meals for his three daughters at his home in Berkeley, California.  


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Meet Camila Alves McConaughey!


Camila Alves McConaughey is a dedicated mom who values the importance of healthy eating. She is also an entrepreneur and founder of Women of Today, a lifestyle site and community powered by women around the globe. She lives in Texas with her husband, Matthew McConaughey, and their three children. Camila was a mushroom skeptic for thirty-seven years, until a bowl of veggie Bolognese in 2020 turned her into a mushroom lover. Keep trying those veggies!





Meet Illustrator: Mike Boldt!


Mike Boldt is an author and illustrator from Canada. His books include Bad Dog and Find Fergus, as well as the I Don’t Want to Be a Frog series, written by Dev Petty, and How to Grow a Dinosaur, written by Jill Esbaum. And while Mike really enjoys them now, just one bite of Brussels sprouts used to make him gag.





Meet Just Try One Bite!


From the bestselling author of Go the **** to Sleep and healthy eating advocate Camila Alves McConaughey comes a whimsical role reversal in which picky eater parents are confronted by their three kids, with hilarious results

     These three kids are determined to get their parents to put down the ice cream, cake, and chicken fried steak to just try one bite of healthy whole foods. But it’s harder than it looks when these over-the-top gagging, picky parents refuse to give things like broccoli and kale a chance. Kids will love the jaunty rhyme that’s begging to be read aloud and the opportunity to be way smarter—and healthier—than their parents.


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~ Author Chat ~


YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

My co-author, Camila, wanted to write a book that encouraged kids to eat more healthily and mindfully. My job was to figure out how to make that idea funny. On a phone call, I hit on the idea of flipping things around so that it’s the kids imploring the parents to eat better, which is the kind of role-reversal my own kids love to play around with. That also opened up the absurdity – these parents don’t just eat junk food, they drink industrial waste, and their kids bribe them to eat better by offering to buy them new cars. So with that idea in place, it became really fun to write. 


YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?

It’s interesting; we wrote the book in the voice of a kid, but then when our awesome illustrator Mike Boldt came on and started bringing the words to life, that one kid became three… so I guess those three kids are my favorites. Especially now that they’re voiced, for the audiobook, by my oldest daughter and two of Camila’s kids!


YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?

The book came first, and then we pulled a title out of one of the verses.


YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

This book is more about the verses than the scenes… I’m partial to the rhyme “I know they’re delicious, but it’s kind of reckless/like wearing a live rattlesnake as a necklace.”



YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love everything about it. I think Mike brought so much fun and joy and detail to the story that now I can’t even think about the verses without picturing the family he created. 


YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2022?

My friend Safia Elhillo’s poetry collection GIRLS THAT NEVER DIE.



YABC:   What’s up next for you?

I wrote a movie called SUPER HIGH that’s forthcoming from New Line. It stars Andy Samberg, Craig Robinson (with whom I also wrote three middle-grades books) and Common. 

YABC:      What would you say is your superpower?

I actually have super-strength and can shoot powerful laser beams from my eyes, but only in diners. I spend a lot of time trying to convince bad guys to grab a slice of pie. 


YABC:   What advice do you have for new writers? 

Read voraciously, put in the time, and don’t ever be afraid to revise, even if it means tearing a project all the way down to the studs. 


 Just Try One Bite

Authors: Adam Mansbach & Camila Alves McConaughey

Illustrator: Mike Boldt

Publisher: Dial Books

 Publish Date: March 22nd, 2022





Three winners will receive a copy of Just One Bite (Mansbach & McConaughey) ~ (US Only)


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Cover Reveal: Phoenix Island by John Dixon + Giveaway (International)

September 24th, 2013 by


Hey YABCers and guests from the Interwebs! Thanks for stopping by and celebrating today’s cover reveal with us!

Today we’re revealing John Dixon’s PHOENIX ISLAND, available January 21st, 2014 from Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books. But before we get to the goods, here’s a message from John:


Hi, YABCers!

Welcome to the cover reveal for my debut thriller, PHOENIX ISLAND!

Writing a book takes months, and pubbing the thing takes even longer, so I’ve been dreaming of this moment for a looooong time… Thanks so much for sharing it with me. 

The last couple of years have been such an exciting time. After years of writing short stories and teaching middle school, I landed a great agent, sold PHOENIX ISLAND to Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books, and jumped on board the crazy roller coaster ride that has turned my debut novel into INTELLIGENCE, an upcoming CBS TV series starring Josh Holloway, Meghan Ory, and Marg Helgenberger. Amazing times, indeed… and I’m feeling incredibly blessed. 

One of the most exciting moments was when I heard that the great John Vairo, cover artist for heavy-hitters like Vince Flynn and Stephen King, would be creating my cover. I couldn’t believe it – at least not until I saw the knockout cover that I’m so excited to share with you today. 


~ John



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By John Dixon
Release date: January 21st, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books
ISBN: 978-1476738635

About the Book

The story that inspired CBS TV’s INTELLIGENCE. 
When sixteen-year-old boxing champ Carl Freeman jumps in to defend a helpless stranger, he winds up in real trouble—a two-year sentence at an isolated boot camp for orphans. Carl is determined to tough it out, earn a clean record, and get on with his life. Then kids start to die. 
Realizing Phoenix Island is actually a Spartan-style mercenary organization turning “throwaway kids” into super-soldier killers, Carl risks everything to save his friends and stop a madman bent on global destruction. 

Our Thoughts 

Can you say Holy Gritty Thriller, Batman? Because this book cover can!
I love the wraps on his fists, alluding to his boxing champ background, paired with the vines in his grip. There is something pretty and ethereal about the delicate vine and leaves, yet also something sinister and kick ass and defiant about the position of the fist. I’m really digging this cover.  

About the Author

A former Golden Gloves boxer, youth services caseworker, prison tutor, stone mason, and middle school English teacher, John Dixon is now a full-time novelist and consultant to CBS TV’s upcoming series INTELLIGENCE, which is based on his debut novel, PHOENIX ISLAND.

Giveaway Details

Five winners will receive a signed ARC.
(Prizes will be mailed when copies are available — hopefully late October.)

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