"Bud is a mash-up of Toy Story, Alice in Wonderland and Dunkin' Donuts. It's a deliciously fun read!"
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THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK:
The story of Tastebudless Bud began about 30 years ago in my bedroom, when my younger brother, Craig, would sleep in a sleeping bag on the floor occasionally. I'm four years older than Craig, whose nickname is Bagel, which although it has nothing to do with this book, is still apropos.
Bagel loved to sleep in my room because I would make up bedtime stories to tell him. After several sleepovers, his favorite story quickly became my epic Bagels versus Doughnuts series, which involved our favorite breakfast foods battling it out in a galactic food fight.
In these early versions of the story, the bagels and doughnuts were at war, duking it out for supremacy of Crouton Island. I was only eight years old at the time, so there wasn't much to the story besides bagels catapulting cream cheese at doughnuts and doughnuts fighting back by spraying their sprinkles and flinging frosting at them.
I always gave the bagels and doughnuts goofy names that were the kinds of puns that a third grader reading about US History would think of... Like George Frostington and Ulysesames S. Grant and Rutherford B. Glazed...
Over the years, I would jot down notes for a more complete version of the story until one day in my early twenties, I wrote the first draft. I showed it to a bunch of people and was encouraged enough with the feedback to make it an ongoing project. Between other books I would tinker with it and rewrite it and show it to more people and rewrite it again. After several more years, the story finally matched the creativity, humor, power and scope of the original idea that I've always believed in.
And now here we are. I flat out loved writing this book. I cannot wait for my kids to read it.
I can't wait for your kids to read it.
I can't wait for you to read it.