Barbara Jean Hicks and Sue Hendra have been busy busy busy! Their new book, MONSTERS DON'T EAT BROCCOLI, is out and they have been taking the blogs by storm.
I was lucky enough to get to interview Sue for today's Broccoli blog tour stop. Here she is with her adorable office assistant, Wanda:
The full interview is here, on Bound. But check out this sneak peek of how Sue works with an illustration from Sue's next book, BARRY, THE FISH WITH FINGERS, mentioned in the Little Willow interview.
The computer rough that she does to get the colors just right:
And the final painting. Amazing!
Want more broccoli?!?
Here's the full schedule:
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17
Review: Elizabeth Bird for School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. “More fun than a book with a message should ever hope to be.”
SUNDAY OCTOBER 18
Book Trailer: Monster reviewers Gene Sisko and Roger Elbert go two thumbs up for BROCCOLI!
MONDAY OCTOBER 19
Interview: Terry Pierce talks to Barbara about children and healthy eating.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 20
Interview: Little Willow talks to illustrator Sue Hendra, editor Erin Clarke, and Barbara in a single interview.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21
Interview: Sherrie Petersen talks to Barbara about the switch from writing romance to writing children’s books.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 22
Interview: Terry Pierce interviews editor Erin Clarke (Random House Knopf).
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23
Interview: Sue Hendra interviewed by Jaime Temairik Hedquist on MSN Entertainment's new book blog, Bound
SATURDAY OCTOBER 24
Podcast Review: Mark and Andrea’s Just One More Book audio blog. “Gasping, gobbling, grinning, crunching and belching, seven sherbet-coloured monsters revel in outrage at their broccoli-loving readers in this rhyming enticement to eat green.”
SUNDAY OCTOBER 25
Book Trailer: Cecilia Olivera-Hillway of Polar Twilight animates Sue Hendra’s cheerful monsters as giant broccoli falls from the sky.
MONDAY OCTOBER 26
Photographs: The Broccoli Book Launch, August 28, 2009, Barnes & Noble Ventura. Seen: Chow, Chompers, and Barbara Jean the Story Queen!
TUESDAY OCTOBER 27
Downloads: For kids, Sue Hendra’s coloring pages for MONSTERS DON’T EAT BROCCOLI. For adults, The MONSTERS DON’T EAT BROCCOLI Broccoli Fan Cookbook!
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28
Podcast Interview: Suzanne Lieurance talks to author Barbara Jean Hicks about BROCCOLI, her life, and writing on Book Bites for Kids (Blog Talk Radio).