Book Title: Popper and Friends: Popper Finds a New Home by IL Ritchie
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Release date: December 2021
Format available for review: Print- hardback, ebook (pdf)
Will send print books out: USA
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17, 2021
Content Rating: Rated G. Suitable for everyone
Popper is a sweet little woodpecker who is trying to find a new home. Now that he is grown, it’s time for him to leave the nest and find a home of his own. The first book in the Popper and Friends series, follow along as Popper explores different options and gets helpful advice from his friends.
A California native, IL Ritchie lives in San Francisco, where he is creating new adventures for Popper and his friends.
connect with the author: goodreads
What inspired you to write Popper Finds a New Home?
Growing up, my dad would talk about a woodpecker in our neighborhood that would peck a metal pole. He would joke that the woodpecker was giving itself an awful headache. I used to think that maybe the woodpecker was communicating with its friends by banging its beak into that metal pole. At some point I thought that the woodpecker was looking for somewhere to burrow because it needed a new home, and that is how I came up with the idea for the story.
What do you hope children will get out of this story?
I believe that it is really important for everyone to have a strong social network between family and friends. I hope children recognize that it is helpful to ask people they know for advice/help. We can all learn a lot from those that are closest to us in our lives.
Do you plan to make Popper a series?
Yes, I plan to write more stories about Popper and his friends. I have some more ideas about stories where Popper is going to seek advice/help from his social network. Plus, now that Popper has a new home, he needs to host parties for his family and friends!!
Do you have a favorite character in the story?
The illustration of Filbert (the squirrel) is my favorite. The illustrator that I worked with, Yulia, did an amazing job! But,Filbert makes me smile every time I see his chubby cheeks and the acorn tucked under his arm….
POPPER & FRIENDS: POPPER FINDS A NEW HOME by IL Ritchie is a cute children’s picture book that is geared toward ages 3-7. I read this with my 8 and 10 year old sons and we enjoyed it.
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