Burgerhead and Mean Jerry Series written by Dan Madson and illustrated by Veronika Gonchar are about two memorable friends named Mean Jerry and Burgerhead. Burgerhead lives in a great big house in a very small town. Mean Jerry lives in a very small house in a great big city. The two boys meet and become great friends who go on many adventures together. I enjoyed these books because they are funny and very unique. I also really loved the illustrations, which are interesting and bring the story to life. The characters were also created by Dan’s grandson, Mack Zarling.
I like this series for children who enjoy both picture books and chapter books. The books can be a nice transition for those readers who are moving from picture books to chapter books.
Additionally, there are many language opportunities with the books as well. For example, working on descriptive words and discussing the friendship between the two boys can be an excellent language activity with social skills lessons.
The first two books are available now and the third one will be released soon!
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Can you tell me about your company, Skrive Publications?
What inspired you to write the series, Burgerhead and Mean Jerry?
Can you talk about your collaboration with your grandson?
Why did you name the characters Burgerhead and Mean Jerry?
I love your illustrations. They are very unique and interesting. Can you talk more about your illustrator and how you collaborated together?
Since I didn’t have experience writing and formatting children’s picture books, I sought help from another publisher from Vermont (Dartfrog Publishing) who had done a lot of these kinds of books. The owner of that company recommended one of the artists they had used before named Veronika Gonchar. Veronika is a talented artist from Belarus. I loved her first renderings of the characters and she has done a terrific job of interpreting the stories the way I imagined them to be and has also managed to give the stories somewhat of a Midwestern feel, which is where I grew up. At the same time, working with an illustrator can also be the most frustrating part of the process. I’ve learned that you can’t hurry the creative mind and our publishing schedule is always based on her illustration schedule. We’ve just gotten started on Book 3, which I think will be the best one yet.