And The Winner Is…

The day is here!

The votes are recorded!

The raffle for the Sleepy Happy Capy Contest is about to begin!

And the grand prize is THIS!

WOO!

A brand new, hardcover, personalized and signed copy of Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles!

As always, the draw-er of the winning ballot is my boy, who has been selecting raffle winners on this blog for the past decade.

He is fair, decent, kind, thoughtful, impartial, scrupulously honest and… and…

And…weird. The kid is weird.

Okay. Let’s get started.

Drop the ballots in the hat and pick a winner, kid.

There you go. You’ve mixed ’em. Now pick one.

Um, no. I think you mixed them enough.

Fine. Whatever. Just hurry up. People are waiting.

Okay, now pick one.

Stop stirring and pick one!

You do NOT need to mix it with your nose! PICK A WINNER!

Okay. Here we go.

And the winner is…

The winner is…

Pam Webb!

Congratulations, Pam! You win a free copy of Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles!

All you gotta do is head on over to my Hire Me! page and send me your mailing address. I’ll get the book out to you post haste!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

And, hey, if you still want a copy of Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles (and who can blame you?), please consider buying it. Or ask your local library to stock a copy. Or maybe both?

And once you get your hands on the book, please consider leaving an online review for a chance to receive some free Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles swag! (More info to come.)

See you again soon, my friends! And, again, thank you!

Sleepy Happy Capy CONTEST!

It’s October 18, the birthday for my new picture book, Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles!

Woo!

To celebrate, I am offering a chance for one lucky bloggy buddy to win a free, personalized copy! (To be clear, if you are reading this blog post right now, you are a bloggy buddy and, therefore fully eligible to enter the contest. So good job!)

How To Enter

To enter the Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles Contest all you need to do is leave a comment that answers the following question:

***

If you could be pals with a fictional character, who would you choose and why?

***

That’s it! Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to win Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles!

And who will select the lucky winner, you ask?

This guy:

Oh, wait, that photo is a little out of date. I mean, this guy:

This kid has been randomly selecting my contest winners for 10 freaking years! He’s weird, but impartial.

How to Increase Your Chances of Winning

What’s that? You want me to stuff the ballot box in your favor?

No problem!

If you promote this contest on your blog, I’ll give you two extra ballots!

And if you promote this contest on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or whatever else, I’ll give you an extra ballot for every social medial platform you post on!

And if you want to pitch a completely different way to promote Sleepy Happy Capy Cuddles, let me know what you have in mind, and I’ll almost certainly give you an extra ballot for that, too!

The drawing will be held one week from today on Tuesday, October 25.

The winner will be posted on this blog on Wednesday, October 26.  

That’s it! So leave a comment! Promote the contest! Celebrate capybaras! And win!

GOOD LUCK!

Happy Capy is rooting for you. Happy Capy is also napping, so please use your indoor voice.

Is there a Capybara Appreciation Day?

What a great question! And YES! There is a Capybara Appreciation Day! And it’s coming SOON!

Sunday, July 10 is the big day, and thank goodness, for no creature on this big rock we all live on is more worthy of appreciation.

Seriously, what a cutie.

For those of you who’ve never heard of these guys (and for shame!), capybaras are the world’s largest rodent. They are native to South America, semi-aquatic, can weigh more than 100 pounds, and are very, very cute.

Unofficially known as “coconut doggos” and “guinea bigs,” these fine, floofy, fellas are devoted herd animals. If a capybara doesn’t have a herd of other capybaras to mingle with, she’ll happily assemble a new herd consisting of other species. Don’t believe me? Well, the internet is jam-packed with photos of capys lazily snuggling with turtles, birds, monkeys, dogs, cats, goats, pigs, guinea pigs, and about a zillion other things—so stop being such a contrarian, it’s unseemly.

Look! This capybara is hanging with a freakin’ alligator! Or maybe it’s a caiman? All I know is that thing is big and scary and Mr. Capy is like, “No biggie.”

So how can one properly celebrate this holiday?

That’s another excellent question! I have three suggestions:

1. Peruse the internet for photos and stories about capybaras. The more you learn, the more you’ll love these guys.

For example, did you hear about the capybaras who invaded a wealthy gated community in Argentina?

Did you hear about the capy (named Cheesecake) who serves as a foster mom to litters of puppies?

This is Cheesecake. Image owned by Rocky Ridge Refuge.

And did you know that if you pet a capybara in just the right way, she will floof her fur and collapse into a state of sleepy bliss? ‘Tis true!

2. Go visit your local zoo or wildlife sanctuary and see these critters up close.

Note: They’ll probably just be lying around. Unlike most rodents, capybaras don’t do many things with much urgency. Remember, capybaras are not here to entertain you; they’re here to gently encourage you to adopt a more Zen-like lifestyle.

3. Last but not least, consider preordering a book about capybaras. Not just any book, of course; that would be foolish. You’ll want to find a book that got a really, really good review from Kirkus.

This might fit the bill. Click here to preorder.

So mark your calendars, my friends, and be sure to have a happy capy day! WOO!

You know your publisher likes you when you get this little guy in the mail. Thanks, Lizzy!