Saturday, January 17, 2009

“Angeline Jellybean” by Crystalee Calderwood

Angeline Jellybean is a delightful story for children illustrated with colorful, delightful illustrations by Stephen Macquignon. Angeline is sure to win over hearts of young picky eaters everywhere.

Angeline liked jellybeans. She loved jellybeans. Angeline wants to eat nothing but jellybeans. Year round, for Easter, for Halloween, for Christmas, for her birthday, she asks for her favorite treat. But a strange event teaches Angeline that there's such thing as too much of a good thing!

Angeline Jellybean Description:
Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (November 5, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979751381
ISBN-13: 978-0979751387
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches

Angeline Jellybean may be purchased at:


Barnes & Noble

4RV Publishing

Review by Rena J. Jones:

A wonderful picture book written by Crystalee Calderwood, illustrated by Stephen Macquignon and published by 4RV Publishing. A delightful story about a little girl who loves jellybeans. Angeline loves jellybeans so much that she wants to eat them all the time. When people try to convince her to try new foods, she replies, "Blah!" My boys laughed every time Angeline said that. For her birthday, Angeline gets a big bag of jellybeans and eats them until she feels sick. Boy, can I relate to that! This is a cute book for younger children that will hopefully encourage them to try new foods without being preachy. The story is full of charming rhymes, color references and vivid illustrations of favorite holidays and special events that kids love so much.

Review by Vivian Zabel:

Angeline liked to eat jellybeans, especially jellybeans, only jellybeans. The one thing she wanted for a gift or a treat -- jellybeans. She wouldn't take anyone's advice to add to her menu. She knew what she liked, jellybeans.

Crystalee Calderwood wrote a story that delights children, and Stephen Macquignon provided colorful illustrations to bring it all alive. The lesson found in the book, too much of a good thing is much too much, is one that children can understand yet not feel overwhelmed with moralizing.

Now, let’s talk with Crystalee about Angeline Jellybean:

Where did you get the inspiration for Angeline Jellybean?

I don’t even remember how I came up with the story. I was taking a picture book writing class back in 2007. Our assignment was to write a picture book under 500 words, and that’s what I did. I wrote it in rhyme because I wanted to see if I could write a rhyming picture book. I didn’t even really expect to like it. That’s how Angeline was born. A few rounds of revisions and a submission later, here it is!

Is Angeline anything like you?

Oh yes. *laughs* Angeline loves jellybeans almost as much as I love chocolate. Of course, I have learned to limit my chocolate intake, and I didn’t have to go through the nasty side effects that Angeline did! Angeline is also very strong-willed and has a bit of a temper, which reminds me of a certain little redheaded girl I once knew.

There you have it! Do yourself a favor and check out this book at one of the bookseller links above.




Vivian Zabel said...

Very good promotion for Angeline Jellybean, Harry.

One suggestion, you might want to make URLs so that they are links.

deborah said...

Great interview! I would love to read Angeline Jellybean to my granddaughter.... we read lots of books around here.

deborah ramos

kathy stemke said...

I'm hungry for some jellybeans!! Every child has eaten too much candy and gotten a tummy ache. Kids can relate to Crystalee's story. It opens their minds to thinking about how important it is to eat good food.

Great post Harry!

Nancy Famolari said...

I love the cover. Great interview. I must get to see the book!