Tour and giveaway Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman



Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman
Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Dec 2 to Dec 22, 2020
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

ABRACADABRA WHOOPSIE,” is a really fun and entertaining children’s book by Adam Kargman.
This book is about Jordyn and his little sister Keeka, who is always getting in his way. Sometimes he just wanted her gone, but be careful about what you wish for. It could come true, and that may be good, or it could be a bad thing. Sibling rivalry is what this story is really about and Jordyn finally finds a solution. He uses his new magic wan to poof her away. He can always poof her back anytime he wants, but can he really.?

I had several laugh out loud moments while reading this fun book. I love the adorable characters and Jordyn was surely entertaining enough! And I can’t forget the adorable graphics my illustrator Tristan Tait! I love the beautiful colors that really show up well and really make this book. The illustrations of the characters are  so sweet and adorable. The pictures on each page fit the story perfectly as I kept reading. I really enjoyed reading this exciting read. And I found myself asking ‘Where is Keeka’ several times. There are a few twists and turns in the story to make it more fun! I highly recommend
ABRACADABRA WHOOPSIE” for your child, and any library or anywhere else a child may be.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


Working With an Illustrator – by Adam Kargman

There’s no question that an author’s most important collaborator on a picture book is the illustrator.   Half the story (or more) is told through images.  Just like a good motion picture screenplay can be ruined without casting the right actors, cinematographer, and production designer, illustrations can truly make or break your book.

Abracadabra Whoopsie was my first time working with an illustrator.  I conveyed to my publisher, Mascot Books, that I was looking for someone with a humorous, cartoonish style.  They sent me portfolios of 30 to 40 artists.  One of them, an artist named Tristan Tait, really stood out.  I sent Tristan the manuscript and he responded enthusiastically by sending me several test sketches.

Once Tristan got contracted, the publisher and I prepared a copy of the text, broken down page by page, with a brief note about how each page should be illustrated.  For instance, “Perziluzo is floating over bed,” or “Keeka barreling through a structure of building blocks that Jordy is arranging.”  I generally kept these descriptions brief.  When collaborating with someone, I always like to see what they bring to the table.

In Tristan’s case, he brought quite a lot.  For instance, the look of Perziluzo (the wizard in the story) was entirely Tristan’s design.  He described his vision as “a mischievous gypsy meets genie meets Rasputin” type.  Here is his original sketch:

He also came up with the hilarious idea of depicting the little girl, Keeka, as a monster with sharp teeth in the flashbacks at the end of the story.  Here is another one of his early sketches:

I sent Tristan my comments, he revised the drawings, I sent him more comments – and back and forth we went.  My editor at Mascot, Susan Roberts, provided helpful guidance and advice, and my wife was also an excellent source of feedback.  I found photos to be a useful tool with which to communicate.  For instance, I couldn’t quite convey the way I wanted to depict the characters on the cover of the book, so I took these pictures of my son and daughter: 

After I sent the photos to Tristan, he came up with this:

My background in filmmaking (I’ve directed a number of short films) proved extremely helpful.  On one occasion, I noticed that something seemed off about the illustrations on two consecutive pages.  I finally realized that it was because the “180-degree line” – a filmmaking term – had been crossed, so I asked Tristan to reposition the characters on those pages.

Once we had agreed on the black-and-white storyboard, the hard part was done.  Tristan colored the pages, then the book designer laid in the text.  In a few instances, the illustrations had to be altered to make room for the text.

I feel fortunate to have gotten to work closely with Tristan, and that Mascot allowed me to have final creative say over the illustrations.  It is my understanding that this is not always the case, particularly at big publishing houses.  Working with Tristan was a richly rewarding experience, and it was tremendous fun witnessing a truly talented artist bring Abracadabra Whoopsie to life!

Book Description:

When Jordy discovers a magic wand, he learns he can do just that. Whenever he wants some peace and quiet, all he has to do is say “ABRACADABRA WHOOPSIE,” and . . .POOF! His little sister Keeka vanishes. When he’s ready for her to come back, he simply says it reversed: “WHOOPSIE ABRACADABRA.” What could possibly go wrong?
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Author Adam Kargman

Meet the Author:

Adam Kargman lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and their two children. He was inspired to write Abracadabra Whoopsie after witnessing the sibling rivalry between his kids, which led him to wonder what would really happen if one sibling’s dream to make the other one vanish came true.

Connect with the Author: facebook  ~ instagramgoodreads
Tour Schedule:

Dec 2 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 –Library of Clean Reads – book review /giveaway
Dec 3 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 4 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Dec 4 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 8 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 9 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Novels N Latte Review – book review
Dec 11 – Pick a Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 14 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 16 – The Momma Spot – book review
Dec 17 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 21 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 22 –Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

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