AUTHOR: Judy Cox
BOOK TITLE: Snow Day for Mouse
PUBLISHER: Holiday House
GIVEAWAY: Judy is offering a giveaway on Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13797011-snow-day-for-mouse
WHAT IS IT: Two copies of SNOW DAY FOR MOUSE
HOW DO YOU WANT THE WINNER TO BE CHOSEN: The winner is chosen by a random drawing held by Goodreads
WHO WILL DELIVER THE PRIZE TO WINNER: Judy will mail the prize to the winner.
Tell me a little about your book.
This is the fourth title about Mouse (Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale; Cinco de Mouse-O!; Haunted House, Haunted Mouse). This series of picture books is illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbler, with an amazing use of color and perspective . In this book, Mouse goes outside and has a fun snow day, escaping from Cat with the help of a trio of southbound birds.
What gave you the idea for this particular story?
I wanted to write a story about sharing, and Mouse seemed like the perfect character to embody that.
Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
At the end of the book, Mouse gets a “warm, toasty” feeling from sharing his goodies. I like that warm, toasty feeling, and I think it captures the true meaning of Christmas.
Do you see special challenges to marketing a book with a seasonal theme? If so, what are they?
This book originally was about Valentine’s Day, then it was about Christmas. My publisher asked me to be more general and do just a winter theme because they felt the Christmas book market is overcrowded.
How long before Christmas did you submit to your publisher?
This book was submitted at least two years before publication. It usually takes that long for a traditionally published picture book to come out, because the process is quite involved.
How and why did you choose this publisher?
I’ve worked with Holiday House on many, many books. They have published all of the previous Mouse books.
What about your book makes it special?
This is the first time Mouse interacts with other animals besides Cat. In this book, Mouse makes friends.
What does Christmas mean to you?
I love Christmas. The smells of fresh pine, and baking gingerbread cookies; the flavors of cinnamon and spice; the glow of candles. It’s such a warm holiday, staving off the darkness and chill of winter. I always hate putting away the decorations and I have to remind myself I can see them again the next year.
What is your favorite Christmas memory?
My sisters and brother and I used to sleep upstairs on cots in my grandparents house on Christmas Eve. Early in the morning, we’d all creep downstairs, grab our stockings, and take them back up to see what Santa brought. My mother would usually join us before the other grownups were awake.
What was your favorite stocking stuffer?
My favorite stocking stuffer was a tiny pair of china shoes with blue flowers painted on them. I’ve always loved miniatures, maybe that’s why I like to write about mice!
What was your favorite Christmas present?
My favorite Christmas present was a red bicycle.
Where can people learn more about you and your work?
Synopsis: Mouse goes outside on a snowy day. He builds a snowman, ice skates across a pond, and escapes from Cat. He also makes friends with a trio of southbound birds, and lends a helping hand.