Mark your calendars folks – we’ve got another ABC Event coming up! On Saturday, September 26th picture book author Anna Egan Smuckeron will present on the process of her latest book, Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward: How the Pretzel Was Born (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, August 3, 2015). Attendees will read first page from works-in-progress to receive feedback from the group, and network with other attendees during light refreshments. Partnering with West Virginia Writers, Inc. Visit our regional website for more information, or email Jennifer Weingardt. (email@example.com)
Brother Giovanni is a happy man, content to do what he knows best: baking. But all is not well at his monastery, where the monks are trying to teach the children their prayers in time for a very important visit from the Bishop. Having tried everything, they turn to Giovanni — but he doesn’t know anything about teaching! Eventually, though, Brother Giovanni discovers how to use his gifts to offer the children the perfect motivation.
This vibrant book, which includes a historical note and free recipe, tells the fascinating story behind one of the world’s most popular snacks.
“A fanciful and inventive version of how those yummy big soft pretzels came to be. . . . As happy a piece of ecclesiastical cuisine as can be imagined.” -Kirkus
Welcome, Anna! First off, what is your favorite coffeehouse beverage?
English Breakfast Tea with a little cream (or Bubble Tea!)
And your favorite snack?
Caramel with a Touch of Sea Salt Chocolate Bars
Nice! Okay, what was your favorite book as a child?
As a teen?
And now, as an adult?
What is your favorite writing how-to book, technique, or website that has helped you improve your craft or provided inspiration?
For truly understanding how to write a picture book, I found this book to be of tremendous help: WRITING WITH PICTURES: HOW TO WRITE AND ILLUSTRATE CHILDREN’S BOOKS by Uri Shulevitz.
I’ll have to put this on my reading list! Okay, how about your favorite quote?
“There are no good books which are only for children.” W. H. Auden
If you could sum up your best advice for new writers in only four words, what would they be?
Read! Read! Write! Write!
So true! Awesome, thanks so much for stopping by, Anna! Best of luck with Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward: How the Pretzel Was Born and your ABC Event on Saturday !
Enjoyed the post. Congratulations, Anna, on your new book! It sounds like one kids and adults will like reading.