Everybody repeat after me! S-N-O-W-D-A-Y!!! WOO! Another snow day this week! Plus, tomorrow was already a school day off!
I have a F-U-N book to tell you about today! I was psyched when I got an invitation for this blog tour for a couple of reasons. First I loved Mr. Munson’s book Enemy Pie
and secondly his new book, Bad Dad reminds me of my own dad! 🙂
BUT – first, I want to introduce you to Mr. Munson –
“Derek Munson works as a writer, speaker, and all-around daydreamer. His current hobbies include playing with his kids, avoiding his household responsibilities, and crashing on his mountain bike. He lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife Suzanne, their daughter Abby, their son Zack, and Roger the family dog.”
Now, let me tell you about his new book – “Bad Dad!”
By Derek Munson
Illustrated by Melody Wang
40 pages – ages 5+
Will be Published by Cannonball Books on February 28, 2014
Publisher’s description –
“Uh oh! Looks like Dad is in trouble again! The library books are overdue. The kids are late for school. And the last cookie is missing from the cookie jar. Again. And somehow, Dad always seems to be in the middle of it all. But is he really all that bad?”
What I think –
This is a hilarious book! The things the dad does are silly and make you laugh-out-loud, yet the ending is very sweet and makes you smile. The dad is actually a totally nice and super cool guy, and a wonderful dad. 🙂 The illustrations are gorgeous, and are an awesome addition to the story. The expressions on the character’s faces tell a lot. The fact that his kids take part in some of the “trouble” (for example, when Dad takes the last cookie from the jar, you can see in the illustration that his kids each have one cookie) just adds to the humor of the story. The dog is very cute too. I love the message of the book – Dads are pretty cool. 🙂 I think kids would love this book!
BONUS! I got to ask Mr. Munson a few questions about his book and writing!
Thank you Mr. Munson for agreeing to this interview!
ERIK: Are you a “bad dad” or a “not bad dad” (or both)?
MR. MUNSON: Definitely both. I easily get in more trouble than my 10 year old daughter does. As for my 9 year old son? I’d say we’re about even there… But I love being with my kids. It’s my favorite way to spend my time.
ERIK: My dad is banned from doing the laundry and he isn’t as good getting us ready for school in the morning as mom, but he’s a great dad. We wrestle even when he’s tired and he goes for walks with us even if it’s raining. What is the best “bad dad” thing you remember your dad doing?
MR. MUNSON: Ha! Love it! It sounds like he might relate to the dad in this book a bit. And I’m both impressed and intrigued- what’s the trick to getting banned from doing laundry?
The best “bad dad” thing my dad ever did was locking the keys in the car at the store while it was running. He got all stressed out and started pacing back and forth in front of the store. I was 9 years old, and should have known what pacing was when I saw it. But instead I followed him back and forth like a duckling or something. He thinks it’s funny now, but he didn’t think so when it was happening…
ERIK: Just so you know, dad was banned from the laundry because he didn’t take his chapstick out of his jeans before putting them in the wash and then it went through the dryer and he washed his jeans with one of my Mom’s favorite sweaters and he dried it on high… Mom wasn’t happy. 🙂 What do you like best about writing children’s books?
MR. MUNSON: I get to spend lots of time daydreaming. And I get paid to be goofy.
ERIK: Paid to be goofy?!? I’d be a millionaire! 😀 What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer?
MR. MUNSON: I would be a stand up comedian, a board game designer, or the owner of an old fashioned candy store.
ERIK: Very cool choices! Can you tell us about any up-coming projects that you are working on?
MR. MUNSON: I have a sequel to Bad Dad in the works. I am also editing the final draft of the first book in a series called Alien All-Stars. I’ve been developing the concept for almost 10 years, with some pretty big ups and downs along the way. I’m not sure about the release date for the books, but the first 3 in the series should be completed by early summer.
ERIK: Well I know I’ll be looking for more of your books! 🙂