Tuesday, May 23, 2017

THINK QUICK with Author, Judy Carey Nevin

Hi Judy!  I love how your book features the relationship between a father and child.    All of the THINK QUICK themes below appear in your book. Let’s see which way you lean. Remember, THINK QUICK!

On Daddies:

Best Friend or Teacher?
Me: Best friend 
Husband/Daddy: Teacher 

On showing affection:

Smooches or hugs?
Ooh--a tough one. Smooches, I think 
I like to get hugs from our daughter--she's a STRONG hugger.

On adventure:

Swings or Roller Coaster?
Swings, definitely swings 
I'm a chicken!

On imaginary play:

Monsters or Kangaroos?
Monsters--more fun making goofy faces and sounds (Kangaroos are kinda quiet.)

On stuffed animals:

Bunnies or Bears?
Bunnies (I like the ears)

On games:

Peek-a-boo or Duck Duck Goose?
Duck Duck Goose 

On bedtime:

Night-light or Pitch black?
Pitch black for me
Nigh-light for daughter 

On sleep:

Early Bird or Night Owl?
both! (yawn!) 

On books:

What Daddies Like or What Daddies Like?
Sneaky question! I like What Daddies Like! :-) 

Thank you Judy!  

Judy's inspiration for the book: 

This book started when our daughter came into our lives and I watched my husband read "aren't mommies great," "a mommy's hug is the best hug," and other lovey-dovey books written with no fathers in sight. My husband is a devoted father who has been besotted with our daughter from the moment he met her in the delivery room. It broke my heart to experience the complete lack of books--especially for very young children--depicting happy, loving interactions between fathers and their children. One day I overheard my husband playing with our infant daughter; he said, "Daddies like hugs too." I thought, "That's what I need to write," and the book was born. I am so pleased to hear from new fathers who say they're thankful to have a book to read with their babies--that is the most fulfilling part of seeing my book go out into the world. The book works for any dad in any situation--married dads, single/divorced dads, same-sex couple dads, widowed dads--they can all see themselves represented in the book, and that makes me so very happy. (P.S.--the illustrator added a surprise "spot the toy bunny" game throughout the book, which I LOVE!) 

Judy Carey Nevin is a mommy who likes seeing her daughter and husband play together.  She likes listening to their laughter and seeing their love for each other--AND eating the delicious blueberry pancakes they make almost every weekend.  Judy is the director of a library in Ohio.  She really likes her life with her family and their slightly neurotic dog.  What Daddies Like is her debut picture book.


  1. Great! Yes, Daddies like hugs, too. This brings back memories. Used to be before my husband went to work he would always kneel down at the front door and my youngest son would come running and jump into his arms and give him a big hug goodbye. No matter if he was running late or not, my husband would take the time to do this each day. They both looked forward to it.

    1. I'm so glad this brought back such a wonderful memory for you. What a great way to start the day for your son & husband--and you, experiencing the warm interaction between two special people in your life. It's those interactions that have been missing for daddies in picture books. Thanks for sharing your lovely story.

  2. Love how you found a niche via the love your husband and daughter share! Congrats on this debut. I need to find this book stat, as i have a father -child book almost ready to sub!

    1. Thank you! Good luck with your manuscript--there is such a gap in this type of book, daddies could use some more to choose from!

  3. Thanks for joining us at ReFoReMo, Judy!!!

    1. Thank you for the invitation--I enjoyed it very much. :-)

  4. Congrats on your debut, Judy! That cover is adorable!

    1. Thank you! You should see the whole thing, front & back and inside end papers. The back cover is the reverse side of the image from the front. The end papers in the front are early morning, and the back end papers are evening. It's so cute!

  5. Love books that lift up daddies! They are such an important part of the lives of many children. Perhaps if there were more daddy books, more daddies would be more involved...don't they say that in order to mold our behavior appropriately, we have to see ourselves in books? :) :) Great interview!

    1. Such wise comments, Vivian. :-) I hope my book finds its way into many daddies' hands. That will make me very happy indeed.

  6. Congrats, Judy! Daddies do love hugs, too. I can't wait to read your book :)

    1. Thanks! I hope you enjoy it--can't wait to hear what you think!

  7. Lovely tribute to dads! Can't wait to read it.

    1. Thanks, Keila--I hope you'll pop back and tell us what you thought. Have fun!

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    1. I hope you enjoy the book--if you're a dad, it's just for you. :-)