Bud the Spud

By Adam Byrn Tritt and Illustrated by Java John Goldacker
Hardcover: $16.95 • ISBN: 978-1-60419-062-5

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“Speaking not just as a guitarist and former congressman, but as a professional ski instructor, avid tennis player, and sailor, I thank Adam Byrn Tritt for writing—and Java John for illustrating—Bud the Spud. Adam, John, and Bud encourage kids to get off the couch and move!”

—The Hon. John Hall, two-term congressman for NY’s 19th district; former president of the Saugerties (NY) Board of Education; singer/songwriter for the band Orleans

Bud the Spud is a really beautiful book—I just love it. And my good buddy, Java John, is a very talented artist as well!”

—Legendary pop artist Peter Max

Summary

Bud was a kid, like any other kid. He liked pizza and ice cream. He liked to watch TV. But what happens when a kid (like any other kid) eats way too much junk food and watches way too much TV, and never, ever leaves the couch? You guessed it—he turns into a couch potato. Literally! You won’t believe what happens to him next. . . .

In a unique feature, the book has three separate endings—three different outcomes for poor Bud—which range from the positive and uplifting to the decidedly macabre. Kids will scream and laugh and wince (it scores a 10 on the gross-out scale), while some parents may initially think the comic mayhem is too over-the-top—until they see their kids giggling and reading the book over and over.

And this is a very good thing, because behind the humor is a serious message. This is a stealth weapon to help combat childhood obesity, a tool to convince young people that aspiring to be a couch potato is no aspiration at all.

Bud the Spud was created to be read aloud, and has been field-tested with children of all ages, from elementary through middle school—though teens love the book too, even when they’re pretending to be too cool for it!

About the Author

Adam Byrn Tritt, MEd, CH, LMT, is a poet, an essayist, a screenwriter, a teacher, a shaman, a social activist, a humorist, and (according to friends) a mensch. Besides the book you are holding now, he is the author of The Phoenix and the Dragon: Poems of the Alchemical Transformation, a collection of his poetry, as well as several works of nonfiction.

Adam won the 2006 EPPIE Award for Poetry in an Anthology and is listed in Who’s Who in US Writers, Editors, and Poets. He has been a social worker and an educator, and holds degrees in Psychology, Education, and English. In 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his work in religious tolerance and for the creation of TurningPoint, a nonprofit program providing alternative medicine to low-income individuals. He continues that passion today in the healthcare clinic he and his wife, Lee, dreamed of and created together—the Wellness Center.

Today he is equally at home speaking in lecture halls, giving public readings in bookstores, and visiting elementary school classrooms, where he can be found surrounded by children begging him to read Bud the Spud just one more time (while their parents beg him to stop).

Adam lives and writes—often simultaneously—in Palm Bay, Florida, with his son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter; his daughter, when she comes to visit; a dingo; and a ridiculously large alligator, all under a very big tree. His website is AdamTritt.com.

About the Illustrator

John Goldacker, known far and wide as “Java John,” is a graphic artist, illustrator, and photographer based in Merritt Island, Florida. A designer of music-related posters, CD covers, festival posters, t-shirts, and more, John also illustrated River Dragon, a children’s book about legendary Brevard County landmark Annie the Dragon. He has also been featured in Photoshop Creative magazine, and has had his posters reproduced in the 2009 books PhanArt: The Art of Phish Phans and HOPE: A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints.

In 2008 and 2009, John was one of thirty-five artists selected to be a part of Gibson’s GuitarTown Orlando and GuitarTown Miami, having painted original artwork on two ten-foot-tall Gibson guitar replicas. The seventy guitars were donated by the artists and then auctioned, raising approximately $400,000 for local charities. In December 2009, Brevard County Beachside Resident magazine ran a three-page article on John’s artwork, and had him design a holiday-themed cover featuring Bob Dylan.

John’s photos from various music concerts over the past two years permanently grace the hallways of the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida, and his photography was used on the cover of Freebo’s newest CD Something to Believe. His website is KoolBeanz.com.

Tomi Clark, Three Boys and an Old Lady (November 5, 2013):

“Hilarity with a message. My kids loved this book!!! Yes, it had a gross out factor but the kids loved it. Me, I cringed when I overheard them reading it. YUK! My kids, they just laughed and laughed some more. I think the “Mommy Gross Out Factor” only made them wanna read the book more.

The book is full of big, bold, comical fonts and potato-esque browns and greens. I loved the color scheme of Bud the Spud as it was the perfect complement to the story line. Illustrator ‘Java John’ Goldacker did a wonderful job bringing Adam Byrn Tritt’s story to life.”

Reviewed by Mom (October 21, 2013):

“. . . When I first began to read this book to my kids I was taken aback . . . it is kind of off the wall! However, as I read, the kids were giggling harder and harder. By the time we had read through all three endings they were howling with laughter. We have read this book countless times and every time they just roll with laughter and I even have trouble getting through some parts without laughing myself. I want to point out though, that even though we are laughing, the book has opened up lots of conversation about being a couch potato. . . .”

[Complete Review: Reviewedbymom.blogspot.com]

The Midwest Book Review (January 2013):

“Bud the Spud is a great read-aloud picture book that parents can share with children to encourage them to watch less TV and have more fun!”

[Complete Review: www.MidwestBookReview.com]

Kern County Family Magazine (November 1, 2012):

“An engaging book that offers three different endings ranging from upbeat to ghastly and guaranteed to make your kids cackle!”

[Complete Review: pdf]

Better Nutrition Magazine (October 2012)

Bud the Spud Teaches Kids Healthy Living

“Rather than preaching the merits of a healthy lifestyle, Bud the Spud, written by Adam Byrn Tritt and illustrated by “Java” John Goldacker, takes a light-hearted approach that is both comical and creepy. It is the story of a kid who ate too much junk food and watched too much TV, and became a couch potato — literally a potato! A striking picture book, it was tested on kids ranging from age 3 to high school, and tweaked until the story (with three different endings) routinely elicited delight.”

ForeWord Reviews (Fall 2012):

“Mrs. Piggle Wiggle would be proud! Young Bud, a couch potato if there ever was one, literally fulfills his destiny after eating binges in front of the tube and no exercise … and lives to regret it. A very macabre tale with three alternate endings providing various degrees of disgust. Kids will love the gruesome, psychedelically rendered details—and likely learn an important lesson. Funny and supremely gross. Ages four and up.”

[www.ForewordReviews.com]

Jazmin (GoodReads.com):

“An amazing book. I watched my child’s (twelve-year-old) behavior change after reading it. Which is amazing, as she laughed and winced her head off reading it. But it really did what it set out to do. It entertained. And it taught. And the result is profound.”

[www.GoodReads.com]

Teri Flatley (Boom This! Ezine for Boomers):

“. . . a witty tale of what happens when a young boy eats too much junk food and watches TV all day. . . . The book is filled with colorful drawings and doesn’t mince words about what can happen to children if they don’t simply move more! Not bad advice for adults either.”

[Complete Review: www.BoomThis.com]

Karen Kelly Boyce (GoodReads.com):

“With three different endings, I found this book to be imaginative and unique. It may be a little frightening for younger children, but fun for grade level. Interesting and different!”

[www.GoodReads.com]

The Empty Nest Express:

“I recommend this book to families who have boys or girls, age eight to 88—who are couch potatoes. Also, this book would be a great addition to any school or public library and is written to be read aloud. Let us all hope this book inspires people to get off the couch and start playing outdoors.”

[Complete Review: TheEmptyNestExpress.com]

Ellen Feld (Feathered Quill Book Reviews):

Bud the Spud is, admittedly, a very unique book.”

[Complete Review: FeatheredQuill.com]

Early Praise for Bud the Spud

“As a pediatrician for forty years, I have seen my share of couch potatoes increase alarmingly. This funny book brings home a great message in a lighthearted way. Let’s hope the point is received and effective for homes with potatoes that they cannot make into salad.”

—Loraine Stern, MD, FAAP

Co-editor of AAP’s Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know

“Java John creatively illustrates this fantastic story in a manner both colorful and creepy. The design of Bud as a Spud is interesting enough on its own to push the moral of this cautionary tale.”

—Len DiSalvo, illustrator for the award-winning Lima Bear Stories series, animator for award-winning computer games, and art illustration and animation teacher at the Art Center Design College, Tucson, AZ

“As parables go, I can’t recall encountering one quite so gruesome. Which of course means my children loved it! Yet the power of a parable isn’t measured by its appeal, but rather by its effect. A delighted grimace followed by ‘Later, Mom, we’re going out to play!’ instead of ‘Hey, it’s my turn on the PS3!’ speaks volumes about Bud the Spud’s ability to teach as well as entertain.”

—The Rev. Ann Fuller, PhD in Divinity, Community Minister

“I’ve been a Special Education teacher for nearly twenty years, and this book honestly made me laugh out loud. Please don’t be afraid that the content is too ‘dark’ for young kids. I promise you they’ll find it as hysterical as I do, and the message packs a punch. I can’t wait to read it to my students!”

—Joyce Hatch, Special Ed Teacher

“Kids will love this book! I read it several times … and each time I enjoyed it more! I wish that I would have had this book to read to my kids when I was still teaching. With a very pointed message that Bud’s story provides, conversations will ensue about the dangerous results of becoming a couch potato, be it from over consumption of television or computerized games.”

—Kathy Teitelman, National Board Certified Teacher and a third grade teacher for 25 years in Ohio

Bud was a kid just like a lot of kids.

He had parents. You probably have a parent or two, or an adult who loves you and takes care of you.

He liked pizza and ice cream. You probably like pizza and ice cream too.

He liked to watch TV. You probably like to watch TV too.

Now, I told you Bud liked to watch TV. He liked TV too much. He couldn’t miss his favorite programs.

*   *   *   *   *

His friends couldn’t get him off the couch.

His parents couldn’t get him off the couch.

*   *   *   *   *

Over time, Bud changed.

What do YOU think happened to Bud?

*   *   *   *   *

Bud wasn’t a kid like you anymore. Bud was a . . .

SPUD!

*   *   *   *   *

Finally his friends gave up trying to get him to go outside and play.

His parents gave up trying to get him to go outside and play.

(We won’t tell you what happens next—
but there are three different endings to Bud’s story!)

Author Adam Tritt is interviewed on “The Writer’s Block”:

Tell us about Bud the Spud. What inspired you to write it?

“A gorgeous day when my kids would not go out and play because they were watching kids play on a Disney Channel show about playgrounds. I had the cable TV disconnected that Monday. . . .”

[www.raychelle-writes.blogspot.com]

Florida Today

Books: Authors Serve Up Advice

This week, local authors offer up a cautionary tale for children . . .

[FloridaToday.com]

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For Immediate Release

September 27, 2012

Astounding New Children’s Book Being Called “A Stealth Weapon to Combat Child Obesity”

What happens when a kid eats too much junk food and watches too much TV? He turns into a couch potato—literally! Meet BUD THE SPUD. You’ll never believe what happens to him next.

Called “funny and supremely gross” by ForeWord Reviews, Bud the Spud is the brainchild of award-winning author and educator Adam Byrn Tritt. One beautiful spring day he found his children inside watching TV. “It was a show about playgrounds around the country. Outside was a swing. But they watched kids on TV swinging. Outside was a slide. But they watched kids on TV sliding,” Tritt recalls. “That’s when Bud the Spud was born. I needed to show kids what will happen if they become couch potatoes, so parents won’t have to spend their time arguing with them.”

Tritt calls Bud the Spud “a field-tested instrument honed to auditory and interactive perfection with participants aged four to sixty.” The book was developed to be read aloud. Tritt, who spent many years as a teacher, tested it thoroughly in elementary, middle school, and high school classes. “Each time something fell flat, it was changed. If the rhythm failed to leave an obvious place to pause for a response, or if the response did not come, it was fixed. Tuned and re-tuned, again and again.”

In a unique feature, the book has three separate endings—three different outcomes for poor Bud—that range from the positive and uplifting to the deliciously macabre. Bud the Spud is a very funny but very persuasive way to convince young people that aspiring to be a couch potato is no aspiration at all.

The illustrations, from award-winning artist “Java John” Goldacker, are marvelously detailed—with just the right touch of the gruesome and the surreal that kids love (it scores a 10 on the gross-out scale). While some parents may initially think the comic mayhem is too over-the-top, when they see their kids giggling and reading the book over and over, most change their minds.

Better Nutrition magazine’s reviewer wrote, “Rather than preaching the merits of a healthy lifestyle, Bud the Spud takes a light-hearted approach that is both comical and creepy,” and calls it a “striking picture book [that] teaches kids healthy living.” Joyce Hatch, a sixth grade teacher in Hillsborough, North Carolina, put it this way: “I’ve been a middle school and special education teacher for nearly twenty years, and this book honestly made me laugh out loud. Please don’t be afraid that the content is too ‘dark’ for young kids. I promise you they’ll find it as hysterical as I do, and the message packs a punch. I can’t wait to read it to my students!”

The book’s positive effects are perhaps most clearly articulated by the Rev. Ann Fuller, PhD, a community minister in Florida: “As parables go, I can’t recall encountering one quite so gruesome. Which of course means my children loved it! Yet the power of a parable isn’t measured by its appeal, but rather by its effect. A delighted grimace followed by ‘Later, Mom, we’re going out to play!’ instead of ‘Hey, it’s my turn on the PS3!’ speaks volumes about Bud the Spud’s ability to teach as well as entertain.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR:

Adam Byrn Tritt, MEd, CH, LMT, is a poet, essayist, screenwriter, teacher, social activist, and humorist. In addition to Bud the Spud, Tritt is the author of The Phoenix and the Dragon, a collection of his poetry, as well as several works of nonfiction. Tritt won the 2006 EPPIE Award for Poetry in an Anthology, and in 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for his work in religious tolerance and for the creation of TurningPoint, a nonprofit program providing alternative medicine to low-income individuals. He is equally at home speaking in lecture halls, giving public readings in bookstores, and visiting elementary school classrooms, where he can be found surrounded by children begging him to read Bud the Spud just one more time (while their parents and teachers beg him to stop).

John Goldacker, known far and wide as “Java John,” is a graphic artist, illustrator, and photographer based in Merritt Island, Florida. A designer of music-related posters, CD covers, festival posters, and t-shirts, John also illustrated River Dragon, a children’s book about legendary Brevard County landmark Annie the Dragon. He has also been featured in Photoshop Creative magazine, and has had his posters reproduced in the 2009 books PhanArt: The Art of Phish Phans and HOPE: A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints. John’s photos from various music concerts over the past two years permanently grace the hallways of the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida, and his photography was used on the cover of Freebo’s newest CD Something to Believe.

PRAISE FOR BUD THE SPUD:

“Speaking not just as a guitarist and former congressman, but as a professional ski instructor, avid tennis player, and sailor, I thank Adam Byrn Tritt for writing—and Java John for illustrating—Bud the Spud. Adam, John, and Bud encourage kids to get off the couch and move!” —The Hon. John Hall, two-term congressman for NY’s 19th district; former president of the Saugerties (NY) Board of Education; singer/songwriter for the band Orleans

Bud the Spud is a really beautiful book—I just love it. And my good buddy, Java John, is a very talented artist as well!” —Legendary pop artist Peter Max

“As a pediatrician for forty years, I have seen my share of couch potatoes increase alarmingly. This funny book brings home a great message in a lighthearted way. Let’s hope the point is received and effective for homes with potatoes that they cannot make into salad.” —Loraine Stern, MD, FAAP, co-editor of AAP’s Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know

“Java John creatively illustrates this fantastic story in a manner both colorful and creepy. The design of Bud the Spud is interesting enough on its own to push the moral of this cautionary tale.” —Len DiSalvo, illustrator for the award-winning Lima Bear Stories series, computer game animator, and art illustration and animation teacher in Tucson, Arizona

“Kids will love this book! With a very pointed message that Bud’s story provides, conversations will ensue about the dangerous results of becoming a couch potato, be it from over consumption of television or computerized games.” —Kathy Teitelman, National Board Certified Teacher and a third grade teacher for twenty-five years in Ohio

For more about the book, visit http://www.axiospress.com/bookstore/bud-the-spud/

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