I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Kelly Suellentrop’s Blog Tour for her amazing picture book, ABSOLUTE MAYHEM. Today I’ve got all of the details about the book, along with a review and a very special guest post with Kelly herself. Sit back and relax, and be sure to grab your copy of ABSOLUTE MAYHEM!
About ABSOLUTE MAYHEM:
Miss Riki’s Review:
I absolutely adored this wonderful picture book. The premise is so clever, with Lulu and Milo balancing the weekly doldrums with Friday night fun, when the mundane is magically transformed into Absolute Mayhem. I love how creative the illustrations are, with simple, black and white drawings marking the more mundane every day tasks that Lulu and Milo must endure before reaching the splash of full color that depicts their time of absolute mayhem. The illustrations are gorgeous, with the simplicity of the black and white really offsetting the bold, beautiful color of the mayhem sections. The story itself is a delightful tale of how two children look forward to the fun and wild days of creativity that come with the weekends. They go on wild adventures and do exciting things that eventually wear them right out, so they once again find simplicity and solace in their weekly routine. All in all, this book is simply delightful!
Guest Post with Kelly Suellentrop:
5 Interesting Facts about ABSOLUTE MAYHEM!1. My husband gets credit for the title of the book. He started calling weekends at our house “Absolute Mayhem,” because everyone is home, we can have fun family time, and rules like bedtime are a little more lax. To this day, when he gets home from work on Friday, he opens the door and says, “Absoluuuuuuuuuuuute…” and the kids yell, “MAYHEM!” And then they, like, get to have soda…which isn’t quite the sweet buffet Milo has in the story, but my kids dig it.2 My husband also gets credit for the dog being named Hippo. Right before we got our dog, pre-children, we were discussing names we liked. My husband said he wanted to name the dog Hippo just so he could use the phrase, “There’s hippo poop in the backyard.” But we ended up naming her Scout, because my love for To Kill A Mockingbird was stronger than his love of hippo poop.3. My kids gave me some suggestions for things to include in the illustrations…and I took most of them. Even the belching monkey.4. I took a manuscript for a book I wrote before Absolute Mayhem to a local writer’s group for children’s lit authors. It was not well received, and the critique was frankly one of the most uncomfortable moments of my life. After a little wound-licking, I tackled the manuscript again, during which time I go the idea for Absolute Mayhem. And the rest is history.5. My husband and my children converted our extra bedroom into an office/art studio for me this past Mother’s Day, which was the exact impetus I needed to finish up the book. I’ve been very slowly and very intermittently working on it for probably almost three years.