“Jellybeans: morning, noon & night” is a deliciously politically incorrect illustrated children’s book written by Maggie Pajak and illustrated by Marni Backer.
The book tells the story of Matthew and Andrew, two brothers (and Maggie’s children in real life) who LOVE jellybeans so much, they wish they could only eat jellybeans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To that end, and with the help of their cousin Alyssa, they devise a brilliant plan.
This story is very refreshing especially in a world where sweets are being demonized and in a world where the author is taking a risk by writing about children eating jellybeans. Ok, we know, sweets give you cavities and are not so good for you!!! Well, in my opinion, if you cannot eat sweets when you are children then life is a bit dull, isn’t it? And ultimately, it is all about learning to be reasonable, which is exactly what this lovely story is about!
The book is also dedicated “to all of the soldiers who are not able to tuck their little ones into bed with a night-night story while serving their country and all of their little ones who wish that they could” which I find, pardon the pun, ever so sweet….
THE AUTHOR & THE ILLUSTRATOR
The author: Maggie Pajak lives in New Jersey and owns the publishing company Pinwheel Publishing LLC (www.pinwheelpublishing.com). Besides being an author herself, she works with other people who wish to become authors and who hope to publish their book through her company.
Maggie first told this story to her then 2 and a half year-old little boy Matthew, as a bribe to get him to sleep in his own bed. His father was deployed in Iraq at the time so rest was really precious to Maggie!
“Jellybeans: morning, noon & night” is available on Maggie’s website www.jellybeansmorningnoonandnight.com and will soon also be available on Amazon and as an ebook for iPad.
Maggie”s next book will be available in September 2013. We wish her the best of luck!
The illustrator: Marni Backer lives in Franklinville, NJ. A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Marni has published several books such as “The Lady in the Box” and “How Did You Grow So Big, So Soon?”.
You can visit her website www.marnibacker.com.