Nuggies Series Book 6: Baby Chomper’s Bath Time Tour + Interview with Jeff Minich Nuggies Series Book 6: Baby Chomper’s Bath Time Tour + Interview with Jeff Minich

Nuggies Series Book 6: Baby Chomper’s Bath Time Tour + Interview with Jeff Minich + Giveaway | Ends 10.26.17

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Baby Chomper’s Bath Time by Jeff Minich

Nuggies Baby Chomper’s Bath TimeFollow along in the sixth Nuggies series book, Baby Chomper’s Bath Time about a little puppy who learns to have fun doing his least favorite thing— taking a bath!

One day, baby Chomper escapes from home and gets muddy and stinky beyond belief. He rolls in the mud, takes a dive in the trash, and even gets sprayed by a very stinky skunk. After returning home, he finds that it’s his least favorite time of all: BATH TIME! With nowhere else to go, Chomper realizes that bath time can be one of the most fun times of all! He imagines himself diving into the deep blue sea, being the captain of his own ship, and surfing to a faraway shore.

Baby Chomper’s Bath Time is a playful story that encourages children to see the bright side of every situation.

Interview with Jeff Minich

1 – How did Nuggies come about?

A few years ago I had this idea of writing a book of advice to my younger self. You know, a kind of checklist of virtues and advice that might have helped make my life journey a little easier. After kicking that idea around, I realized that my younger self would have been very unlikely to listen to any adult advice! I would need to go way back, to early childhood to really have an impact. At the same time, I had this cute dog named Chomper who was such an incredibly smart and cute little character. I thought some of his developmental experiences as a puppy could be written in a very relatable way to express to kids some of the virtues I was interested in writing about—things like patience, kindness, open-mindedness, and, from my latest book BABY CHOMPER’S BATH TIME, optimism.

2 – How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Well, I can’t really say that I had a process before writing the first book. With the release of my sixth book, BABY CHOMPER’S BATH TIME, I can say my process has evolved quite a bit. My process starts with a spark of an idea. With my last book, IF I COULD CLIMB TREES, I saw the story in a flash when my dog, Coco, was obsessing over a squirrel in a tree in our backyard. From the initial idea, I usually take some notes and then wait for the images and ideas to come! It generally takes a few months for the full story arc to develop and then I really start writing. When I write the first draft, I like to have a lot of clear mental space, so I usually block a week off my calendar and travel somewhere solo. You only get about 400 words in picture books, so it really it almost becomes a process of elimination— what are the most important ideas and scenes needed to carry the story along? You can’t explain everything that’s happening in the story (the illustrations do most of the work), so your writing has to do just enough to pull your young readers into this world you’re creating. Kids are impatient, so the hardest part of writing for them is to eliminate anything extraneous or artificial sounding. I would say that I’m getting much better at that aspect of writing… netting down the words so that they serve as a soft narrative over the illustrations. Once the final draft is finished, Renan develops some sketches and we refine the text a bit more to match the flow of the illustrations. That’s our process in a nutshell!

3 – If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

I am still a part-time author. My day job is in Digital Advertising where I work with data and other nerdy stuff. It’s much more of a left-brain type of work, so writing gives me an outlet to exercise the creative side of my brain. I absolutely love it for that… it leaves me feeling creatively fulfilled and gives me a wonderful sense of purpose.

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4 – How long on average does it take you to write a book?

On average it takes about four to six months from the time I write the first outline. Getting to the first outline, however, can take months or even years. I have story ideas on the shelf that have been there for quite a long time. I wish I had more control over the story gestation process because I could probably crank out a few books each year. That said, Renan (my illustrator) and I have done two books this year. We were actually planning to finish Baby Chomper’s Bath Time in the spring of 2018 but got into a really strong creative flow that allowed us to push the timeline up a few months. Sometimes the creative wheels get turning and things really flow easily, sometimes they don’t… you just never know!

5 – Do you have any pets?

Yes! My dogs Chomper and Coco are the inspiration (and main characters) for the Nuggies series. The stories really do come from them and they inspire me every day!

6 – What advice would you give kids who would like to write a book one day?

First, read, a lot! Good input will generate good output. Next, write, a lot! Practice really makes perfect. Write in your journal, write about your experiences and… write about what you think others are experiencing. Stepping outside of your own personal perspective is the key to great story-telling.

7 – Can you give us a hint on the next Nuggies book?

The last book, If I Could Climb Trees, and this new book, Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, have featured Coco and Chomper’s characters in solo action in each book. I have a really great story idea that brings them back together in present-day and sets them off an unexpected new adventure. I can’t say much more than that for now! I also have some ideas for future books that will bring back characters like Gigi (from vol. 4, Oui Oui, Gigi!) and Pumpkin (from vol. 3, A Very Scary Pumpkin). Those characters were so much fun and I can’t wait to see what happens next with them!

 

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Follow Along on the Baby Chomper Book Tour

Check out The Children’s Book Review for the full schedule with links to all the sites!

Buy It:

  • Baby Chomper’s Bath Time is available on Amazon
  • The Chomper Series can also be found on Amazon

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Giveaway

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Enter to win an autographed copy of Baby Chomper’s Bath Time by Jeff Minich—plus a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A Dyson Supersonic hairdryer
  • A complete autographed set of the Nuggies series
    • A copy of If I Could Climb Trees: Nuggies: Vol. 5, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of Oui Oui Gigi: Nuggies: Vol. 4, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of  A Very Scary Pumpkin: Nuggies: Vol. 3, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of  All the Other Nuggies: Nuggies: Vol. 2, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of  Daddy Forgot My Dinner: Nuggies: Vol. 1, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, signed by Jeff Minich

Value: $518+

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A copy of Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, signed by Jeff Minich

Value: $19.95

Giveaway begins September 26, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 26, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT. Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Prizes provided by Jeff Minich

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in conjunction with The Children’s Book Review and Nuggies Inc. Prizes provided by Jeff Minich. 

   

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8 Comment

  1. Reply
    Sarah Hayes
    October 5, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    i want to win bc the book and dryer both look amazing. we try to get through bath time as quickly as possible

  2. Reply
    amy craft
    October 5, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    My daughter has always loved bath time because she would play with bath crayons. Our tub would be colored in pictures and it definitely made bath time fun! I want to win because the book is so cute and the HAIR DRYER is AMAZING! I’ve been needing it!

  3. Reply
    Robin Abrams
    October 6, 2017 at 12:45 am

    We make bath time fun with a lot of bath toys for them to play with. They love their rubber duckies the best

  4. Reply
    Julie Lundstrom
    October 6, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    My son has autism and bathtime can be challenging for him. It helps to read and prepare him for things so I thought reading this book might help.

  5. Reply
    Deborah W.
    October 6, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I want to win this for my granddaughter.

  6. Reply
    Carol Luciano
    October 7, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Bath time for my children who now have their own families was a process. Having 7 kids meant bath time was time consuming. To say the least. I’m glad to have found Jeff Minich and this adorable series. Thanks for the post and giveaway chance. My younger grandkids would love this series.

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    denise low
    October 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I want the hair dryer. The kid This is a great giveaway.s love to take bubble baths.

  8. Reply
    Edye
    October 12, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I want to win because I would love the hair dryer! I like adding bath toys 🙂

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