Let’s face it, we’re all upset now. We have been confiscated at home for months with no clear end. In addition, my regular bookstore “Date with Ily” has taken a serious break to browse and discover new books.
I know we are all in the same boat. My promise to you, dear blog reader, is to help writers feel less alone at sea by introducing fun new books to you.
Cristina Ergunay has just published this adorable bedtime reading …
Cristina, any author who publishes a book in 2020, has the right to be moody – it’s difficult to get the word out when everyone settles at home. But Cranky Crab who lives under the shimmering sea, what is? his Excuse?
Like any small, strong-willed child, Cranky Crab has no interest in settling down for the night – and tests the limits of bedtime. There are too many other things to do! But Crab needs a good night’s sleep and becomes more moody with every turn of the page, almost at the edge of an underwater melt. Fortunately, Mama Crab knows exactly how to change the dynamic and calm her little crustaceans.
Did you think about character before you wrote the story? Why a crab?
Actually, I didn’t think of character in the original version, and this story didn’t sell. Beautiful twists, dreamy creatures, and sweet rhymes with well-dosed stanzas are part of the recipe, but without a strong character that creates tension by swimming against the proverbial tide, the rest of the bedtime story fell flat.
In later revisions, I chose one of my sea creatures as that character, and crabs felt like a very natural choice because children can easily relate to feeling grumpy when they don’t want to do anything – and yet I wanted crabs they end up affirming that you are still loved no matter how moody you feel.
Ah, character is so important for the success of a picture book! Your grumpy guy is just ducky! And I love the other cute creatures that make cameos.
If you hadn’t picked a crab, what other kind of animal would make a good bedtime grumble?
I think maybe a black rain frog would make a big grump before going to bed! I don’t know much about them, but the mug on this frog is outstanding! Maybe there’s a story in there?
Cristina, what other creative options have you tried to promote your new book?
It was challenging to get creative in the time of COVID, and maintaining a kind of online presence – social media, connecting to local virtual story libraries – was crucial. I made a fun door hanger for kids that kids can use before bed – I love Heather Gross’s illustrations, her crab makes me laugh! I hope it helps other families to ease the tension from moody bedtime!
Do you have any special bedtime rituals that will help you sleep well?
I like turning on my sparkling fairy lights, putting on my pajamas, and reading to my daughter Treasure Island or Paddington until she falls asleep. Or until I fall asleep. Whichever comes first.
Reading before bed is also my favorite way to relax. But sometimes I’m upset and refuse to put the book down. That’s why picture books are a smart idea at night – they’re short and yours are definitely cute!
Cristina is giving away a copy of BEDTIME FOR CRANKY CRAB and a door hanger so that your bedtime will be sweet too.
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A random one The winner will be selected next month.
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