Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Tour: I Ate a Cicada Today by Jeff Crossan


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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – When a flying cicada struck award-winning songwriter Jeff Crossan on the 
mouth on his way into a restaurant, he joked to his two kids that he almost ate a cicada. Little did he 
know then that more than 10 years later he would release a full collection of rhymes and illustrations 
because of the near-insect-consuming incident in his first book for children called I Ate a Cicada Today
(September 2014, Big Bound Books, LLC).

I Ate a Cicada Today features Crossan’s own ink and watercolor illustrations – putting his experience 
as a cartoonist to work – alongside his fun animal rhymes like “I leapfrogged a warthog today/The 
doctor thinks I’ll be okay.” On the CD accompanying the book, Crossan plays acoustic guitar and sings
the 16-verse song.

Crossan came up with several of the rhymes while eating with his kids at the restaurant the night the
“dive-bombing cicada” hit him in the mouth. He scribbled them on a napkin, adding more verses soon 
after, but wasn’t sure what to do with such a comical and offbeat song. It wasn’t until years later that
Crossan had the idea to turn the song into a children’s book using his drawing skills to produce the 
colorful and delightful illustrations.

The 32-page hardcover book with accompanying CD will have young readers laughing and singing 
along with each two-page spread featuring a verse about a different animal or insect and Crossan’s 
short spoken asides adding a comic punch to the zany lyrics.

Crossan’s hit songs include country’s No. 1 “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” which earned a 
BMI Million Air Award. He’s worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer, music journalist and 
syndicated radio writer. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Franklin, Tennessee. They have a daughter 
and a son.

An adorable musical rhyming song/story is one so outrageous if can't be anything but funny!  My kids and I got a hoot out of it!  A great book to use when kids are feeling down, since it is both beautiful and hilarious!  4.5 stars 

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Jeff Crossan is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated 
songwriter. His hit songs include the No. 1 country tune 
“You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” which 
earned a BMI Million Air Award.

Before becoming a full time songwriter, Crossan spent 
time as a newspaper reporter/photographer, music 
journalist and syndicated radio writer. For several years 
his cartoons appeared in the Presbyterian Voice. He 
earned a degree in journalism at the University of 
Richmond.

Crossan lives in Franklin, Tenn. with his wife, Linda.
They have a daughter and a son who have helped them 
assemble a fine assortment of mammals, reptiles, fish 
and insects.

I Ate a Cicada Today (September 2014) is his first 
children’s book. Originally only a song, Crossan got the 
idea for the rhymes when a flying cicada hit him in the 
mouth in a restaurant parking lot. While he and his two 
kids ate dinner, he scribbled rhymes for a song onto a napkin. 
He revisited the song from time to time 
through several years, 
unsure what to do with the offbeat lyrics, 
eventually developing a picture book 
using his own illustrations as well.

Author Links below:

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#IAteaCicadaToday,@SamiJoLien @JKSLitPublicity


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