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
Format available for review: print-hardback (USA), PDF
Tour dates: Nov 25 to Dec 16, 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!
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.
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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: Have you always wanted to write a children’s book?
A: When my daughter was young and I used to read to her every night, I did think it would be fun to write a children's book. However, coming up with a topic that was unique or that I thought kids and parents would enjoy was difficult. As my daughter grew up, I forgot about idea. Until I met and fell in love with Pineapple!
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: Your Bio mentions that you’re an advocate for raising children to respect all animals. Please explain.
A: Yes! I believe our pets are more than just an object; they are our family members. Our daughter was raised around Doberman Pinchers her entire life. We taught her when she was very young how to respect dogs, to understand and pick-up on cues from a dog when they want personal space. My main concern ended up being teaching my daughter how to approach unfamiliar dogs, because she just wanted to go up and hug every dog she saw.
Q: Since the book was released, have you had the opportunity to read it to a group of kids?
A: I have, and it was so much fun! I was invited to read to a local second-grade class. After reading the book, the kids were encouraged to ask questions. Oh my! I received so many interesting questions, as well as comments, suggestions, and future book ideas! I loved it!
Q: Do you have any plans for a second book?
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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