Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mr. Particular: The World's Choosiest Champion Blog Tour with Guest Post!

"I enjoyed Mr. Particular and so will you.
This is a great book for kids--a terrific story, beautifully illustrated."
--David Letterman


Sterling Children's Books
ISBN: 978-1-4549-1818-9
$14.95 ($16.95 Canada)
Hardcover, 40p
May 10, 2016

Meet Mr. Particular

Meet Mr. Particular--the world's choosiest champion! This superhero's super picky: he says NO to squishy mud, gross green things, tucked-in shirts, humming, and anything with coconut. But, when his friends in the "Super-Duper Group" finally get fed up with his fussiness, can Mr. Particular prove that even the super-squeamish can save the day? Mr. Particular (Sterling Children's Books; May 2016) is a fun comic-book-style story that will delight even the most finicky kids!

Jason Kirschner Guest Post

Will the Real Mr. Particular Please Stand Up?

I’ve had a bunch of people ask me about the inspiration for Mr. Particular, my persnickety protagonist.  Most people think its my son, who’s certainly picky in his own way.  Some have pointed to my daughter which is easily disputed —she’ll eat almost anything.  There are even a select few who look in my cat’s direction, siting the millions of different brands of cat food we went through to find one that he’d eat.

I try to laugh it off.  I’ve shrugged and muttered and stared at my shoes for long stretches hoping that the question would simply disappear. But then this picture appears from 1970’s courtesy of Facebook (and my mother). There I am with a red cape and blue shirt and the truth is hard to deny.  To paraphrase Robert Downey Jr.,

“I AM MR. PARTICULAR.”

And as long as we’re being honest, my particular particulars were far worse than our friend Mr. P’s. When writing the book, I actually had to come up with some hangups that sounded more realistic than the ones I walked around with as a kid or no-one would have found the character believable.  

I did not like the smell of tuna fish and would leave the table if it was produced — even in school.  (I was super-popular—obviously.)  I would become enraged if anyone wrote in my books.  Dog-eared pages were also NOT acceptable.  I never ate cheese.  Seriously. No delicious cheese.  I didn't try cheese again until college and even then I was a bit scared of it.

Well I hope this puts the rumors to rest.  And I can also say that, like Mr. Particular, I got to a place where I made fewer fusses too.  I won’t say what age I was when that happened…(I might have already had a college degree) but it happened.  It did. I swear.  I’m pretty sure that your picky progeny will turn ok — great even.

Wait. Wait a second…is someone humming?  I hate humming.

If you’ve got a Mr. or Ms. Particular in your home, I’d love to hear about it.  


You can find Mr. Particular: The World’s Choosiest Champion wherever books are sold and you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or at my website www.jasonkirschner.com .

There’s that humming again.  I’ve got to go.  Enjoy the book!

Jason Kirschner is the author and illustrator of Mr. Particular: The World's Choosiest Champion from Sterling which you can now find on shelves in bookstores everywhere. Get your own copy by clicking here and see more of Jason's work at jasonkirschner.com.



Review

With the recent release of Captain America: Civil War and the overall blockbuster success of other Marvel enterprises (let's not talk about DC, shall we?), it's no wonder comic books are retaking their spot in the literary genre. While there are inappropriate comic book movies out there (cough, Deadpool), most of the Marvel universe is family friendly. Still, there's not much out there for little kids, until now.

Jason Kirschner, writer and illustrator, gives kids a gorgeous, glossy, comic book-style book filled with morals and lessons that are universal to most children. Notorious for their peculiarities, young readers will connect with Mr. Particular and his band of superhero friends. They will fly with him, laugh with him, be sad with him, and at the end of the book, save the day. 

Mr. Particular embodies the superhero with the red cape, homemade costume, and sense of fearlessness (well, he is pretty particular). When friends Atomic Bear and Daring Duck decide to kick Mr. P out of the club, he wonders if he should change his ways and become more easygoing, but that, even for adults, is difficult. But when he looks out his window and sees Atomic Bear swarmed by bees, he may the only one who can save him.

Kirschner's pages are expansive, the text easy to read, and the colors rich. Young readers will ooh and ahh at the "super items" that open and close the book as well as the overall creative designs and elements that any child will love (and put their dirty little fingers all over!). The characters are diverse, and the ending begs, actually offers, a sequel. Kirschner has my attention in the children's literature universe!

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Totally Awkward Love Story Blog Tour



“An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Raunchy, irreverent slapstick in the vein of Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.—Booklist

“A fun romantic comedy.” —School Library Journal

Review
Working with teenagers always keeps me in the loop with what's going on in their daily lives, and while a lot has changed with the selfie generation, one thing remains the same: teens are still awkward.

Hannah and Sam are the main characters and deal with realistic drama. Hannah is intent on losing her virginity at a party. Before starting college in the Fall, she wants to feel mature and ready to experience the college life. Sam is the stereotypical guy who likes to hook up with girls. Neither one is expecting to meet each other at the same party, and neither one is expecting to fall head over heels with each other. But distance is an issue as they attend different schools and reconnecting is difficult, but not impossible.

I am always a fan of a story told from two different perspectives, especially with both genders, because the reader is able to see two very different points of view. Both characters are perfectly written and resemble so many students that I encounter daily. They are genuine replicas of teens today, which, as an adult reader, sometimes I want to leave behind when I leave at 3:30. But for young readers, they will find small bits of their identities in these characters. 

What works the best is that the love story truly is awkward. Like every relationship, especially one that requires time to grow, making it work is one of the most difficult trials to overcome. Not everything in the book is perfect, and Hannah and Sam don't hide behind pretenses. Hannah, especially, goes through many different stages in growing up, including her friendships. 

This is one of those books that truly fits on the bookshelf in my classroom. It will be a hit with my students because they will be able to relate on a personal level. Nobody knows teen awkwardness more than a fifteen year old girl, or boy. 

A Delacorte Press hardcover / On sale May 3, 2016

ISBN 978-0- 553-53732- 1 / 320 pages / $17.99 / $23.99 Can. / Ages 14 & up / eBook ISBN 978-0- 553-53733- 8 / $10.99

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cici Reno Blog Tour--Kristina Springer's Guest Post!



Are you Cici Reno in Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker?

by Kristina Springer

Readers often ask me if the main characters of my books are based on me and I can 100%

guarantee that in my newest middle grade book, Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchMaker, Cici is nothing like me. I only wish I was half as cool as this kid.

In my first published book, The Espressologist, the main character Jane might have been a little bit too much like me (albeit a much better version!) which led to friends and family attending my signings and jutting index fingers at me while yelling, “You’re Jane!” I wasn’t making that mistake twice.

Cici Reno is a really cool, laid back kind of girl who is great at giving advice. She’s very zen. Maybe it’s from all the yoga? Her mom owns and teaches at Peony Lane yoga studio in a strip small near their house and Cici is often taking a class or just hanging out there. Despite her small stature in comparison to her fellow classmates, Cici just oozes self-confidence and is a great talker. So much so that her shy best friend Aggie asks Cici to contact that guy she’s crushing on on her behalf. No problem for Cici. She strikes up an online relationship with him and soon finds she’s falling for him herself. Which can only lead to trouble.

My first spark of inspiration for Cici (and the book itself!) happened in yoga class one day. We had this really chill, laid back teacher that day and I remember thinking, I bet her kids are so cool. Then it hit me to write a book about a cool yoga-loving kid. Cici is also a compilation of some other characters I know and don’t know. There are bits of her that are similar to my daughters and their friends and my nieces. But then I also wanted her to have the kind of confidence Lorelei Gilmore has (#1 Gilmore Girls fan right here!). So I took all of these various pieces and put them together to develop Cici Reno and she’s definitely the kind of person who

I’d love to have had as a friend in middle school.

Check out Cici for yourself and let me know what you think! I love getting e-mails and reviews.

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