Come on in! Summer Open House Presents Kelly DiPucchio & Super Manny! Giveaway



My little sparklers, the first time I met Kelly DiPucchio we were at an SCBWI – Michigan conference many years ago. Kelly was wearing a feather boa (not exactly standard issue for children’s writers!) and I thought, “Who is this amazing person?” There are many ways to answer that question–Kelly is a prolific New York Times bestselling picture book author. She is a creative, thoughtful and kindhearted woman. And best of all, Kelly is my friend. I could not be more delighted to have her join us for Summer Open House 2017.

Today, July 4, is the birthday of Kelly’s newest picture book is SUPER MANNY STANDS UP!


Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 4, 2017)

“This charming story marries the mania for superheroes with a potent anti-bullying message, making it an apt tale for present times. Super Manny, an imaginative raccoon child…declares out loud to the world his own fearlessness and strength in words that children will want to echo…. With great read-aloud potential, this story could be used by both parents and teachers to introduce concepts of courage and standing up to bullies from the youngest preschoolers up.” (Kirkus Reviews, May 2017)

Watch this super SUPER MANNY trailer!

You can enter for a chance to win your very own copy of SUPER MANNY to enjoy yourself or share with a beloved child in your life.

  • All you need to do is leave a comment at the end of this post!
    • Leave a favorite quote to add to the new “Worth Repeating” page, and you’ll get two chances.
    • AND if you become a new follower of Frog on a Dime, you’ll get three chances to win!

Drawing takes place Saturday, July 8 at Noon. 

Lemon sliceSince Kelly was kind enough to stop by for the Summer Open House, how could I resist offering her a seat on the Frog on a Dime porch swing for some lemonade and conversation?

What role has mindfulness and/or intuition played in your writing career?

Mindfulness has played a tremendous role in my writing career and life. I could tell you many stories about how different meditation practices have inspired new book ideas and even completed manuscripts in one sitting. I’ve come to learn over the years that meditation doesn’t mean you have to be in a lotus position on the floor with sandalwood incense and white candles burning. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that and I, myself, enjoy creating those sacred spaces occasionally before I write but I can also create mindfulness by taking walks in nature or sitting in the sun or even folding clean laundry (definitely my least favorite).

What is your favorite day of the week–and yes, why?

Okay, probably only writers and artists will understand this but MONDAY. Mondays mean I’m getting back to my routine and there’s something very empowering and hopeful about having the full week ahead of me so I can get things done. Usually, by Friday, I’m lamenting about how much more I should have gotten done that week!

I know this is rather personal, but what is under your bed?

A few wayward socks (see Question #10), an empty suitcase, stray dryer sheets, a peaceful colony of dust bunnies, a flashlight and copies of A Course in Miracles and Autobiography of a Yogi (for good energy).

Who makes you laugh the most?

A few years ago, I definitely would have answered, “My husband!” However, now I’d have to say my son is closing in on a tie for first place. My husband and I take pride in the fact that we’ve birthed and raised some very funny people.

If you were a cheese, what kind would you be? Why?

I’d probably be Swiss because I’m pale and holy.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

My kids. I know that sounds incredibly hokey and cliché but nothing else in my life can even come close.

Kelly, now be honest, kind of music feels like torture to you?

Heavy metal. That answer should not come as a big surprise to anyone who knows me because I will openly admit to loving Barry Manilow.

What is your inner adult/inner child ratio?

50% Adult. 25% Child. 25% Dog.

If you could make a guest appearance on a sit com, which one would it be–and why?

Probably Modern Family because I love the cast and the show.

Describe your sock drawer in three words or less.

Messy. Mismatched. Merry.

If you hadn’t become a writer, what would you be?

A totally different person.

Your favorite punctuation mark: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Favorite food or drink while writing: Coffee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fantasy road trip destination:

Well, you can’t get there by road but my inner compass keeps pointing me in the direction of Ireland. Cross my pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers I will get there one day!

Kelly, thank you so much for stopping by. I think you’re super!

And best o’ luck with Ireland!

Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind. ~ Roy Bennett

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52 responses »

  1. So excited that there are more books by Kelly to add to my bookshelf! Great interview too. Here is my quote for sharing!

    “Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”
    ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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  2. Kelly, I enjoy sharing your books with my students and grandchildren. Thank you for great books for both the reader and their listeners. As a 3rd grade teacher and grandma my favorite quote I love to quote to other teachers about why it is important we read to our students is; “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” ~ Dr. Seuss

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    • Cynthia, thank you so much for sharing my books with your students and grandchildren! I’m grateful for teachers like you!


    • Cynthia, thank you so much for sharing my books with your students and grandchildren! I am grateful for teachers like you!


  3. Kelly was our guest author a couple years ago for March is Reading Month at Bennett Woods Elementary. It was so much fun to meet her in person! She gave a great presentation. Congratulations to her on her latest book!

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  4. Great interview!!!!! (Notice the extra Exclamation points, ha ha ) And great to see that she has the same sick issue as my three kids. It doesn’t get better I guess.
    My quote comes from Kwame Alexander’s newest
    book, Solo: “Why do we need mirrors when we can see the reflection of our goodness in the way others react to us.”

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  5. Can’t wait to read it! We need more anti-bullying books out there!
    Favorite quote that helps me stay balanced is: The only constant is change.

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  6. Loved these questions and your description of Kelly. Kelly has many lovely attributes and they shine through whenever you interact with her 🙂

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  7. So honored to call Kelly D fam & equally as honored at how successful she has become & that she knows how to rock the boa! Impressive!! What a great interview & yet another great book. Quote to share: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ” -Albert Einstein

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  8. Thanks for the interview! It sounds like Kelly is so happy and living a balanced life as a mom, wife, and successful writer. I so enjoyed your interview questions, Vicky–up until tonight, I’d never really thought about what kind of cheese I’d be. I do have a quote to share: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
    ― Pablo Picasso

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