Book Title: Gingersnap Snatcher by Vicky Weber
Category: Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages
Publisher: Trunk Up Books
Release date: December 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-softback USA, e-book (PDF)
Tour dates: December 7 to December 17
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.
Abuela made cookies to eat after school. The gingersnap kind, just the thought made us drool! We rushed home excited. We opened the door…The cookies were missing - just CRUMBS on the floor! Can you help the kids crack the case of the GINGERSNAP SNATCHER?
(scheduled release Dec 7, 2021)
Vicky Weber is a musician and an elementary educator with a love for children’s literature. As a Puerto Rican author of Taíno descent, she strives to create picture books that are fun, engaging, and educational. All her current titles are based on her background in music education or her heritage. While she has taught a variety of grade levels, primary level education is where her passion lies. It has long been a dream of hers to teach children through the magic of books and she hopes you love reading her works as much as she loved writing them.
connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ goodreads ~instagram
What was one of the most surprising things you learned going through the self-publishing process?
When I first started out, I had no idea how much of my time would be spent marketing. Lucky for me...I love that part of being self-published! That isn't the case for many of the authors I work with. In fact, there are a handful of common mistakes that new authors make at the beginning of their career: doing steps out of order (i.e., not getting the book edited before illustrations), assuming they'll learn as they go, waiting to market until after the book is released, not having a strategy for release, trying to cut corners, and not researching the industry. I've seen it happen all the time which is why I try to help people through coaching, courses, and other resources. Knowledge is power!
You have published 6 books with another on the way. Do you have a favorite?
(I actually have more than that!) Rhythm Rescue was my first idea for a story, but it wasn't the first book I published because I was nervous. Scared, even. I didn't know if other people would like it and the book was so close to my heart. I feared rejection. But I pushed through, got it published, and now, it is my bestselling title. I frequently get emails and pictures of teachers using it with their music classes or parents reading it to their children. If I had to choose a favorite book, it would be that one.
What do you think makes an engaging children's book character?
There are a lot of things that can make a character engaging but in a picture book, it's pretty simple: they have to be relatable. Even if they have a problem that would never happen in real life, the readers need to be able to connect with the characters in some way. Often, emotionally. A character is the driving force behind the story and plot so even though a picture book is short, we still need to see character development happen on some level.
What made you write a book about a cookie thief?
You know, there wasn’t a particular reason. I just thought of the idea and thought it would be a lighthearted, funny story for the holidays. We all need a little bit of that!
If you could be any character in your book, who would you be?
Definitely Abuela...but I won’t spoil why ;)My Thoughts
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