Fans of Olivia and Lilly will delight in Poppy, a little rabbit with big dreams—and an even bigger personality.
More than anything, Poppy wants to be a verrrry famous writer. She’s sure Mrs. Rose will pick her paper to read to the whole class! Trouble is, she has tall ambitions but is short on effort, and her jealousy takes over when her best friend’s paper is chosen instead. In the end, Poppy discovers that she has to get out of her own way if her big dreams are going to come true.
Rosalinde’s adorable, expressive illustrations make memorable, quirky Poppy a real star!
Susan Eaddy writes picture books and plays with clay in her attic studio. She begins work every day with clean hands, but depending on whether she is writing or illustrating, within minutes those hands may be bright green, or purple, or whatever! All of her illustrations are all made with modeling clay, and photographed in her attic studio. Her writing is greatly helped by her two marmalade cats who never miss an opportunity to settle onto her writing pad or crowd her computer. She also loves to travel and has used the opportunity to visit schools all over the world, including Taiwan, Brazil, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the USA.
As a child, Rosalinde could not decide whether she wanted to be a wildlife biologist, a writer or an illustrator. But, because she spent most of her time doodling (even all over her notebooks during class!) or creating plays and sets for her puppets, she finally decided to study art after high school.
She went first to the Versailles School of Fine Arts (2 years), then to the Académie Charpentier in Paris (1 year), and lastly she joined the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (4 years).
Since then, Rosalinde has written and/or illustrated numerous books like Daddy Honk Honk!, Poppy’s Best Babies, Poppy’s Best Paper, Ella and Penguin series, and Zip! Zoom! On a Broom.
When she isn’t working or reading in her studio near Paris, Rosalinde likes hiking in wild places, taking photos, and making vegan pastries.
Where did you originally get the idea for Poppy’s Best Paper?
When I was in 5th grade my wonderful teacher assigned a composition for us to write each week. One week she assigned a “How To” topic and my instructions for “How to Get in Trouble” was read in front of the whole class. It was my proudest moment! Fast forward MANY years later and my 5th grade paper became the inspiration for Poppy’s Best Paper.
Were there any pivotal changes that your story/illustrations underwent throughout the writing/editing process?
ummmm yeah. HUGE changes. So, since I am an illustrator I assumed that, of course, I would illustrate my own story. Right? Well… this manuscript kept being rejected over & over & over again until FINALLY my agent said…I don’t want to offend you, but… Would you consider letting someone else take a crack at the illustrations? I’m not sure that the clay is the best fit for your story. ( you can see one of my clay illustrations for Poppy in the gallery) She showed me Rosalinde Bonnet’s website & I instantly knew that she would be a fabulous for Poppy. Charlesbridge Publishing agreed and Poppy came to life! I LOVE the way that Rosalinde has expanded Poppy’s world. She ABSOLUTELY gets her and I am thrilled.
What do you hope children enjoy about your character Poppy?
Poppy has big dreams but doesn’t get it that she has to actually work to make them come true. I think it helps to know that one is not instantly good at something and that it takes work & perseverance to accomplish your dreams. This is also a story about friendship, and it is ultimately Poppy’s friendship with Lavender that finally makes her see herself and makes her sorry for her bad behavior.
What is your favorite thing about Poppy?
I love Poppy’s irrepressible exuberance and big dreams! And the fact that her big heart wins out over her bad behavior..