Cover Reveal: FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: An Animal Counting Book


I get to REVEAL THE COVER of my third debut picture book of 2019!


four otters cover amazon


I’m absolutely head over heels in love with the incredible woodcuts that illustrator Mirka Hokkanen created.

Just take a peek inside at the first spread:

1st spreadPublished by Pomegranate Kids, the book launches on March 15, 2019, but you can preorder it on Amazon or from Indiebound or if you want a signed copy, you can order it from my local indie, Toadstool Bookshop. I also plan to have bookplates that I will sign and send to people who buy a book from their own local bookstore or from Amazon.

turtle spread

The story has a very special place in my heart because it was inspired by the fly fishing trips I took with my husband when we lived in Colorado. The pristine mountain river habitats we frequented were home to many endangered species: kit fox, yellow mud turtle, peregrine falcon, and of course, river otter. 

otters spread

Note to parents and teachers: the back matter is fabulous! We’ve created a glossary that includes details about each of these animals…and the kids will LOVE the fun facts. Do you know which is the fastest animal on the planet? The peregrine falcon who tops 242 miles per hour as it dives to the ground to pick up prey. And as parents, we sometimes complain because our babies need frequent feedings. How about the yellow-billed cuckoos who feed their young THIRTY-ONE times a day!

A huge thank you to my critique buddies who saw this lyrical piece years ago when it was titled: Visitors to Deep Pool, an idea that was born during Tara Lazar’s Storystorm Challenge . I’m also extremely grateful to my agent, Essie White, who fell in love with this manuscript and had a vision to pair it with the woodcuts of one of her illustrators, Mirka Hokkanen – pure genius! And of course, I so appreciate the PomegranateKids team who are bringing this story to life in such a beautiful book which I know children will enjoy as they count the animals, listen to the music of the lyrical language. and discover how conservation efforts can reap great rewards.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Thank you for letting me share my good news with you…and I hope you will spread the word about FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN!


About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on October 29, 2018, in Picture Book Cover Reveal, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. Congratulations, Vivian! Your book sounds lovely and looks amazing! I’m so happy for you. Can’t wait to buy and read! 😊


  2. Congratulations, Vivian! Such gorgeous woodcuts & lyrical text! Thank you so much for sharing!


  3. Gorgeous! Congratulations, Vivian. This goes to show that it pays to hang onto ALL our work, with the idea that we’ll find a new take on it someday. So happy your someday is now!


  4. Kathy Mazurowski

    Congratulations Vivian! This book sounds wonderful! It much more than a counting book!


  5. Lovely language, Vivian 🙂


  6. mariagianferrari

    I love otters!! What a wonderful book & that cover is gorgeous too. Congrats, Vivian!! And I love how it’s inspired by Stuart–he will live on in its pages ❤ ❤


  7. Congratulations! What great news. The cover is beautiful and I love the back story of your fly fishing trips with Stuart. I look forward to reading it!


  8. Hurray! Congrats, Vivian,. This book is beautiful and I love that it reflects time you spent in nature with your husband.


  9. Vivan,
    This book looks like a winner. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.
    Keep writing.


  10. This looks and sounds just beautiful, Vivian! Congratulations!!


  11. Elizabeth Gallagher

    Congratulations, Vivian! The spreads are just beautiful, and I can’t wait to get my copies! 🙂


  12. Congratulations, Vivian! Such a beautiful cover inviting readers to enjoy your beautiful words!


  13. Beautiful! Love this cover and the book! Can’t wait to read it! Congratulations!


  14. Love this so much. Congratulations!


  15. This is beautiful, Vivian! Congrats!!!


  16. Just stunning, Vivian! I’m so happy for you! 🙂


  17. How fabulous, Vivian! My step-daughter loves otters. She’s 31, but she needs another otter book! 🙂 The text and artwork flow so beautifully. Much continued success to you!


  18. Danielle Hammelef

    Congratulatons! Your book is beautiful. I look forward to reading it.


  19. Soooooo gorgeous! Can’t wait to see it up close and personal! Congratulations, Vivian! What an exciting year you have ahead of you!


  20. Vivian, this is such a beautiful book! Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my own copy!


  21. Congrats, Vivian! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. That first spread is especially gorgeous!


  22. Beautiful cover and love the color palette! Hooray, Vivian!


  23. It looks and sounds beautiful. Congratulations Vivian!! All the best as your debut progresses!


  24. Love the peak at this! What beautiful language! Congratulations on this lovely book!


  25. Great cover. Congratulations, Vivian!


  26. Deborah Ellison

    Congratulations! It is wonderful; can’t wait to have it in my hands and share with children!


  27. I’m thrilled for you, again, Vivian!
    I can just imagine the hours and hours spent on Mirka’s woodcuts. Wow!
    And your hubby would have been so proud of you for creating a story that involved your fly fishing trips. So very sweet.
    I’m sure the kiddies will appreciate the backmatter too.


  28. Wow. This is a lovely book, Vivian. The beautiful language enhances the traditional counting book, the wonderful tidbits of science facts, and stunning woodcut illustrations make this outstanding. Thanks for giving us a peek.


  29. I am so, so, so, so, so, so happy for you my dear friend. I fell in love with this story from the get go As Rivers to Deep Pool all those years ago I fell in love with your writing and you. You so deserve all this amazing success.


  30. Oh Vivian this is stunningly beautiful. I am so happy for you. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. I love the backstory. Your heart for this place is clearly authenticated by your poetic language. Congratulations!


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