Book Title: Are You A Pineapple? by Kathryn A. Zolman
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: May, 2022
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.
Kevin has a beautiful new puppy! But what should he name her? He wants to find a name that is unique, just like her. Kevin knows the puppy is special, but he’s about to find out just how smart she is when she helps Kevin choose her own name!
The illustrations are well-drawn and the bright colors would catch the eye of any young child. It's an easy-to-read story that a brother or sister could read to a younger sibling. The simple message is one any child can understand.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and voluntarily choose to review it.
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Kathryn A. Zolman never expected to write a children’s book, but when Pineapple came into her life and she heard the story of how this sweet, smart dog got her name, she thought it would make a fun book for parents to read to their children. Pineapple is a Bull Mastiff, German Shepherd, Chow mix, and much like a real pineapple, she knows how to stand tall and is very sweet on the inside!
Kathryn is an avid dog lover. Along with her husband and daughter, they have raised three Doberman Pinschers, each with their own unique personality and character. Kathryn is an advocate for not only raising children to respect all animals, but also to be thankful for the pure joy that they bring to our lives. In writing this book, Kathryn seeks to spread a positive message and hopes it will help children express more gratitude in their lives.
Q&A Author Interview
Q: What made you write a book about Pineapple?
A: When I heard the story from Kevin, Pineapple’s owner, about how he came up with her name, I fell in love with the tale! I loved everything about it! I could visualize the story in my head and thought it would be such a fun book for parents to read to their children. That it’s based on a true story, makes it even more special!
Q: How long did it take you to write the story?
A: It took approximately two months to write, edit, and format it in a manuscript style that I felt comfortable sending to publishers. Since the book is based on a true story, the bulk of the content wrote itself. I did try to add positive words or phrases in my writing. I wanted the book to be fun to read, but also convey positivity.
Q: How did you decide on an illustrator for your book?
A: Mascot Books works with some very talented artists! I reviewed the work of several of them and narrowed it down to three that we sent photos of Pineapple to for a rendering. I absolutely loved the way Walter Policelli depicted Pineapple! I feel like he was able to capture her personality perfectly and the way she holds her ears out away from her head. He did a phenomenal job with all the illustrations!
Q: How would you explain your journey of becoming a published author?
A: Exciting! Overwhelming at times! The process from initial concept to book in hand was a fantastic learning experience. Mascot Books and Foreward Publicity have been great partners in the journey! I never expected to be a children’s book author, but I am very thankful the publisher liked my story!
Q: What advice would you give budding writers?
A: My main advice would be to not give up! If you have a great idea for a book and can visualize the pages before writing it, give it a try! Do some research on typing manuscripts and finding the right publisher, but anything is possible!
Q: What is your next project?
A: I’m being urged to write a second Pineapple book. Some people say it should be a book series. Pineapple was extremely smart and very adventurous, so the content practically writes itself, but I just don’t know if I’m up for the challenge. At the moment, I don’t have any plans to write another book.
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