Publication Day Party!

Posted April 10th, 2012 by Candice

Hey, everybody!  It’s time for…

 Iva’s big day!  Today is the official launch date for Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World (Disney Hyperion, April 2012). 


Iva!  Get on in here!  Everybody wants to meet you.

IvaComing!  The elastic busted on my discovery shorts.  I stapled ’em shut.

HeavenHow’re you supposed to go to the bathroom?

IvaI was hoping your invitation got lost in the mail.

Girls, you’re double-first cousins and best friends, sort of.  No bathroom talk and no sniping.  Iva, look, Connie Van Hoven sent you a congratulations present. 

IvaIt’s a miniature gardenia bush.  That’s so cool!

HeavenYou’ll have it killed in a week.

IvaI will not–!

Iva, somebody wants their book signed.

IvaMy public awaits me.  What a funny-looking kid.

HeavenDoes this party have a theme?  All successful parties have a theme.

What do the decorations make you think of?

HeavenPoor people.  Don’t you have a digital camera?  Everybody has one.

The theme is about discovering and exploring.  I think it’s time for refreshments.

IvaOh boy!  My favorite food in all the world, preacher cookies and cherry Kool-Aid.


HeavenGackkkkk!  The Kool-Aid doesn’t have any sugar!

IvaIt’s an acquired taste.  More for me.

Iva, do you know how preacher cookies got their name?

IvaYeah, Miz Compton, she’s the one who makes the cookies, she says–

HeavenDon’t tell it!  Make people buy the book if they want to find out.

Bye!  Take a treat on your way out.

IvaThere’s that funny-looking kid again.  Hey you, don’t peek at the ending.  Did he pay for that book?

That went pretty well, considering those two will never get along.  If you want to whip up a batch of Miz Compton’s Preacher Cookies, here’s the recipe:

1/2 cup butter or margarine…4 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder…2 cups sugar…1/8 tsp. salt…3 cups quick cooking oats…1/2 cup peanut butter…1 tsp. vanilla extract.  Mix butter, cocoa, sugar, milk, and salt in a saucepan.  Boil for one minute.  Stir in oatmeal, peanut butter, and vanilla.  Drop by tablespoonfuls on waxed paper.  Cool. 

IvaAnd here’s my special Kool-Aid recipe.  Mix one package of unsweetened cherry Kool-Aid with water.  Do NOT add sugar!  Pour over ice cubes.  Do NOT make a face!  Guaranteed to put hair on your chest.

Well, there she is.  If you’re brave enough, get a copy of Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World.  Guaranteed to put hair on your chest.