Book Review & Author Interview: The Prickly Problem

 

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine by Cheryl DaVeiga 
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  44 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
PublisherWaterhole Productions LLC
Release date:   January, 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone. 
 

Book Description:

Quirky, magic-potion-making Dr. Pete the Porcupine finds himself in a sticky situation, perplexed by a terribly tricky case. Beloved by his desert neighbors for always fixing their prickliest problems, has Dr. Pete finally found a prickly problem he can’t solve? Follow Dr. Pete through this heartwarming tale as he and his desert friends learn the power of compassion, kindness, and friendship.

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Rocket Red: A Little Ant with a Big Dream by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Waterhole Productions LLC
Release date:   November, 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.
 

Book Description:

Rocket Red is a little guitar-playing, singing ant who dreams of becoming a big rock star. His mom, the queen ant, disapproves! She believes his job is to work and feed the ant colony. The only one who seems to believe in him is his pal, Beebop Bea.

​One day, delayed by practicing with his Lucky Bug Band, Red finds himself all alone and in a dreadful jam. Can his music somehow save him?

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Waterhole Productions LLC
Release date:   January, 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.
 

Book Description:

In the Frozen Frogg Ice Cream Shop, Bully Vanilli is the most popular ice cream and self-proclaimed king of the flavors. Lonely Mustachio Pistachio sits at the back of the freezer. No one ever picks him!

​Every night, after the store door is locked, Bully Vanilli begins his bullying and Mustachio is his favorite target. One night Bully kicks Mustachio’s bucket. Poor Mustachio falls SPLAT on the floor and it’s… War at the Ice Cream Store! And

as the The War at the Ice Cream Store song goes…

?? Biff bam booza, yowza wowza wooza, It’s a milk-shakin’ cone-breakin’ yabba dabba dooza! ??

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Meet the Authors of The Prickly Problem:

Cheryl DaVeiga is an award-winning children’s book author and singer/songwriter residing in New Jersey. After a career in business, Cheryl’s passion for music caught up with her, and she began writing and recording children’s songs as her alter ego, CADi Grace. She then moved on to adult songs, including an ASCAP award-winning veteran’s anthem, the featured song for the State of Alabama Bicentennial Celebration, the theme song to the philanthropic Where Angels Play Foundation, and a NJ Arts’ pick for top NJ summer songs. She’s also written songs for artists on critically acclaimed albums. Cheryl’s collaboration with Nashville songwriter Dave Gibson gave birth to a new adventure–writing children’s books, each with an accompanying song. Their Mom’s Choice Gold, Purple Dragonfly- award-winning, and Readers’ Favorite five-star rated debut children’s book, War at the Ice Cream Store, their Midwest Book Review highly recommended, and Readers’ Favorite five-star rated follow up, Rocket Red: A Little Ant with a Big Dream, and Cheryl’s newest release, The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine, are featured on their online home for Kids: BiffBamBooza.com. Cheryl has numerous new children’s books on the way.
 
Dave Gibson is a singer/songwriter and children’s book author who resides in Nashville, Tennessee. A fixture on the Nashville music scene, Dave penned six #1 hits for artists such as Alabama, Tanya Tucker, Confederate Railroad, and Montgomery Gentry, as well as numerous other well-known country hits. He also won the Academy of Country Music’s (ACM) Best New Group award for his own Gibson/Miller Band. One of Dave’s favorite projects is his collaboration with songwriter/author Cheryl DaVeiga to write children’s books and songs. Their Mom’s Choice Gold, Purple Dragonfly award-winning, and Readers’ Favorite five-star rated debut children’s book, War at the Ice Cream Store, as well as their Midwest Book Review highly recommended, Readers’ Favorite five-star rated follow up, Rocket Red: A Little Ant with a Big Dream, are featured on their online home for Kids: BiffBamBooza.com.

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Interview with the Authors

You’re a songwriter as well as an author, and each of your books has an accompanying original sing-along song and animated video.  Why is music such a big part of what you do?

Some of the best bonding times I’ve had in my life were singing harmony with my mother, grandmother, aunt and certain friends.   While most of them are gone, those songs stay in my heart, and it only take a few notes to bring all the beautiful emotions flooding in.  My hope is that children will bond with family members and friends over the stories and the songs.   My greatest wish is that those songs and stories will stay in their hearts and have the power to always connect them.  Maybe I dream too big, but even if it’s only one, I’ve accomplished something.

You have a background in business, but you’re currently focusing on writing humorous children’s books.  How did you transition from such an analytical profession to such a creative one.

Music was always big in my life.  I was the one who knew the lyrics to every song and sang all the time, whether you wanted to hear me or not.  It was part of who I was.  I think so much of my right brain was held back over my professional years that when I started writing, I was overwhelmed with creative flow.  I just couldn’t stop.  I was finally being more truly me, and I felt alive.  When I started writing children’s songs, I called them “story songs.”   And that got me thinking about writing books.  And then I couldn’t stop doing that.   I have 2 more books illustrated and almost ready to go, one in illustration, and one with the editor…and a computer full of ideas right now.  I’m having a ball.

Where do you get your ideas?

People often asked me that question as a songwriter, and it’s exactly the same for books.  There’s something that happens to you when you become a writer that makes you ultra-sensitive to words people say, magazine article titles, sayings and expressions, and words in general.  I’ve gotten ideas from a phrase someone threw out there or a funny picture.  Concepts and general ideas are easy to come by, but the hard part is finding one that you can turn into a full story, with a beginning, middle, and end.  It’s harder than it looks.

What advice would you give to budding children’s book writers?

I’m a relatively impatient person who was so excited about entering the field that I wanted everything at once.  The best advice I ever got was when someone said to me, “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”  There are so many things to learn, and it takes time.  When I started, I vowed to do at least one thing a day toward writing or marketing, and I’ve followed through with that. The good news is that there are so many resources out there…. social media groups, consultants, illustrators, editors, YouTube tutorials…. There’s no reason someone dedicated can’t do it.


Tour Schedule:

Sep 13 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 14 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / guest post / giveaway
Sep 14 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / guest post / giveaway
Sep 15 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  / giveaway
Sep 15 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 19 – sharingiscaringbookblog.wordpress.com – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Sep 19 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 20 – Splashes of Joy – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 20 – sharingiscaringbookblog.wordpress.com – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Sep 21 – @sarahs.bookstack – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Sep 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 22 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / author interview / giveaway
Sep 22 – @sarahs.bookstack – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  
Sep 23 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 23 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 26 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 26 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 26 – sharingiscaringbookblog.wordpress.com – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  
Sep 27 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / author interview / giveaway
Sep 28 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 28 – Regally Written – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Sep 29 –
Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Reading is My Passion – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 30 – Regally Written – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Sep 30 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  / giveaway
Oct 3 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Oct 3 – Mel_literate – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Oct 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Oct 4 – Captive Dreams Window– book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Oct 4 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Oct 4 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Oct 4 – Reading is My Passion – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 5 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 5 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI
Oct 6 – Regally Written – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI
Oct 6 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 7 – Captive Dreams Window– book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Oct 7 – Mel_literate – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Oct 7 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 11 – Mel_literate – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI
Oct 11 – Captive Dreams Window– book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Enter the Giveaway:
 
 

THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR. PETE THE PORCUPINE Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

 

My Thoughts on The Prickly Problem

A book that leaves a lasting impression. I really enjoyed Cheryl DaVeiga’s previous book (War At The Ice Cream Store) and I knew I needed The Prickly Problem when I saw the Cactus on the front (I may have a slight obsession with them).  

From the first page I was hooked by the beautiful illustrations by Luis Peres! Combined with the detailed and somewhat lyrical prose this book was a wonderful story to behold. I loved the emphasis that Cheryl DaVeiga put on medicine not always being the answer to life’s problems, instead showing that sometimes we need to go out of our way to spend time with people and that love (and HUGS) and sometimes be the best medicine there is.  

I definitely enjoyed this story and I love that Cheryl DaVeiga writes songs to go with her books! They make them much more interactive than some books.  

4 Stars.  

The only thing I would have liked better was if the book really rhymed more like the song about The Prickly Problem 😊  

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback.  

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