Today it is my pleasure to be a stop on the blog tour for PB author Robin Newman’s newest book NO PEACOCKS which is illustrated by CHRIS EWALD (Sky Pony Press). I’ve got the inside scoop from none other than Jim, resident peacock.
Every day Phil, Jim, and Harry are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care for them at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But one day, they decide they’re sick of seeds. They make a break for the New York City streets in search of pizza or Chinese takeout. But everywhere they go, they’re told “No peacocks!”
So, they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But how are they going to sneak into The Cathedral School’s dining hall and get their wings on the school’s world-famous mac ’n cheese? A little plotting, some stolen disguises, and help from the students, and the mission is a go!
Will the peacocks get their mac ’n cheese? Or will their cover be blown, forcing them to fly the coop? This fictional feathered tale was inspired by the real-life beloved celebrity birds living on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
DBJ: Jim, you are the first peacock I’ve ever interviewed.
Jim: It’s funny but you’re not the first person to say that to me.
DBJ: Just a bit of background for my blog readers. You and your brothers, Phil and Harry, live on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on 112th St. and Amsterdam Avenue in New York.
Jim: That’s right! Harry and I have been around since about 2002. Phil came later.
DBJ: I couldn’t help but notice that you and Harry are the traditional blue-green peacocks while Phil has white feathers.
Jim: Phil is a leucistic white peafowl. Everyone seems to think it’s a big deal (especially Phil!) and tourists are always trying to snap his picture but personally I don’t see the appeal.
DBJ: Is there a way to tell you and Harry apart?
Jim: Ask any of the children. Each one seems to have a foolproof system for telling us apart. Say, are you going to eat those almonds? All I had for breakfast were some sunflower seeds. And those pesky neighborhood pigeons kept pecking at my food.
DBJ: You poor bird. Please take the entire bag.
DBJ: Speaking of food, I hear that there’s a new book about the three of you focused on food.
Jim: No Peacocks! A Feathered Tale of Three Mischievous Foodies, by Robin Newman and illustrated by Chris Ewald. It flies onto bookshelves September 4th.
DBJ: Can you tell us a little bit about the book?
Jim: It’s about pizza and baked goods.
DBJ: Anything else?
Jim: Our quest to try the world’s best mac ‘n cheese.
Jim: I don’t want to spoil the plot (or your appetite). You’ll have to read the book.
DBJ: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Jim: If you read the book, and like the book, please leave a review. Also, please come by and say hello. You can even check out our fancy new coop. The New York Times wrote an article about it. You can see the article at the end of this post.
DBJ: Thanks, Jim!
Jim: Wait! I forgot to mention. Harry is stopping by Patricia Tilton’s blog, Children’s Books Heal, on September 7. https://childrensbooksheal.com
Oh, and we’ll be looking for you at our BOOK SIGNING tonight! Be sure to stop by, we’ll be serving our favorite food (hint…it’s cheese)
Robin Newman was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She is the author of the Wilcox & Griswold Mystery Series, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake and The Case of the Poached Egg, as well the picture book, Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, illustrated by Chris Ewald. She lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, and two spoiled English Cocker Spaniels, who are extremely fond of Phil, Jim and Harry.
Robin is giving away a signed copy of her book to a random person who leaves a comment on this post. If you share the post on social media, I’ll put your name in the hat twice. The winner will be announced on WEDNESDAY 9-19 on this blog.