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Happy #BookBirthday PETER EASTER FROG by Erin Dealey & G. Brian Karas + #Giveaway and WAITING…

January 19, 2021


Hopping down his favorite log…

We know what you’re thinking: “What about the bunny?”

Good question! First graders help predict the answer in today’s blog post,

celebrating the release of


by Erin Dealey / Illus. G. Brian Karas

(Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Atheneum/ Simon & Schuster).

A Junior Library Guild selection 

Plus–super affordable: $9.99 !  (I know –right?)

Think hybrid sing-along parody + silly read-aloud!

PETER EASTER FROG by Erin Dealey / Interior art by G. Brian Karas / Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Atheneum /S&S / 2021

Uh oh…

Meet the Illustrator: PETER EASTER FROG is illustrated by NYT Bestselling G. Brian Karas, whose amazing career spans four decades and over 100+ books including Incredible Me by Kathi Appelt; the High-Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant; Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! And Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! by Candace Fleming; and Ivan by Catherine Applegate, which was a New York Times bestseller. His books have been named ALA Notables, Booklist Editor Choices, SLJ Best Books, and Boston Globe Horn Book Honor books. How cool is that?

G Brian Karas photo William t. Ayton

To illustrate PETER EASTER FROG, Brian used a mixed media style. He worked with a combination of gouache and pencil for linework, textures and fills, which he then scanned and assembled in photoshop, with more color added. To learn more about Brian, check out this interview from PW’s archive.  

So what does a FROG do in a pandemic to celebrate a
Book Birthday?

Also what about the bunny?

And the #Giveaway?

Wait for it…

There will be an official launch on March 20th –with video shared on Face in a Book’s Facebook page. Stay tuned for more info about our PETER EASTER FROG Story time–with prizes. AND kids can pick up a paper Easter egg to decorate & return to the store by 3/19/21 to be hidden for the BUNNY to find!  

Meanwhile, I zoomed with Mrs. Harris’ 1st graders today in Virginia. I asked the students to imagine beforehand what PETER EASTER FROG might look like. Check these out:

This is by Noah: 

Aren’t these cute?

They had a few predictions about the bunny too…

  • The bunny will get mad.
  • The frog will get hungry and eat the eggs!
  • They will go to the bunny’s house. Uh oh.

ONE of their predictions matches up. Which do you think it is?


I’m SO very grateful for all the wonderful early reviews. 

Thank you to my critique partners, the PBJs,

and the @2021derfuls who are helping to spread the word.

Publishing a book in a pandemic takes a village, to be sure!

As for the WAITING…

Did I mention I haven’t held an actual hard copy of this book in my hands yet? I have been waiting for my copies to arrive, but publishing a book is like expecting a baby—

The “Book Baby’s” arrival is on its own timeline!

Speaking of which, Fun Fact:

I signed the contract for PETER EASTER FROG in 2015.

You read that correctly.

To those of you who are WAITING for a YES on a manuscript, or an agent, or your own Book Birthday, all I can say is good things are worth the wait!

Enjoy the journey–not just the destination.

Speaking of journeys, today is also the Book Birthday of my friend Vivian Kirkfield’s book, FROM HERE TO THERE… You can read her Book Birthday interview here. 

Thanks to those of you who joined this Birthday blog today.

Special thanks to Mrs. Carolyn Harris and her wonderful 1st graders! 

In honor of PETER EASTER FROG’S big day,
I hereby offer a
Picture Book Critique giveaway.

To enter:

  1. Add a comment below about your own #kidlit “waiting” or pre-published journey.
  2. RT the post on Twitter, FB or Instagram (and tag me!)
***For extra papers in the GIVEAWAY hat:
subscribe to this blog,
and/or follow me on social media–
Twitter @Erin Dealey & Instagram erindealey.

Winner will be selected on Jan. 26th. 

Next up on the blog: a 4th Grade Takeover! We can’t WAIT!

(See what I did there?)


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