Huge platform: Kristen Bell is an actress and producer who most recently starred in NBC’s The Good Place and Disney’s Frozen 2. She speaks openly about the struggles and joys of parenting in her digital series—Momsplaining, many formal publications, and via her social media presence where she has 12.7 million followers.
A positive and inclusive message that hits on emotional literacy! Kristen and Ben were inspired to write a book that gives us a new way to talk to children about the things that bring us together.
Humor: The book’s message may be earnest, but a silliness to the story will keep kids—and adults—laughing!
Kristen Bell is a mostly grown adult who spends much of her time pretending to be other people. She finds this pursuit oddly rewarding, mostly because of the free food. She is also an actress and producer who has starred in such films as Frozen, Bad Moms, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, as well as the television series The Good Place and Veronica Mars. She has been a guest editor for Parents magazine and has been featured in parenting articles on platforms like Motherly, Real Simple, Babble, and more. She also produces and stars in the web series Momsplaining for EllenTube.
Benjamin Hart is a mostly grown adult who spends his time on a rock, floating through space. He is reminded of this almost daily by his neighbor Frank. He is also a multidisciplinary designer and creative director. He is currently a principal partner and the co-president of Brains on Fire, a creative agency that specializes in building communities and sparking social movements through the power of identity and narrative. Benjamin has worked on numerous projects and campaigns focused on early childhood development and education.
Together the duo also helped launch a new baby company in 2019 called Hello Bello, which provides families with access to premium and more natural products at affordable prices.
Daniel Wiseman is a mostly grown adult who spends a lot of his time drawing kids having fun, and animals wearing hats. On the off chance he’s not scribbling pictures, you can probably find him stomping through the woods with his not-at-all-grown sons, looking for bears, bugs, and Bigfoot.
Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Daniel Wiseman is an illustrator of children's literature. He's drawn pictures for several published works including My Brother the Duck by Pat Zietlow Miller, the Baby Scientist series by Laura Gehl, and What About X? by Anne Marie Houppert, among many others. He also occasionally lends his hand to Highlights Magazine. Previously he was the co-founder and creative director of Pixel Press, a technology company who created the Bloxels Video Game Building software. A platform dedicated to teaching children the design process through game creation. Daniel, along with his talented wife Elizabeth, raise two sons in their little cabin in the East Tennessee woods.
“A plethora of broad smiles and wide-open mouths crank up the visual energy—and if the earnest overall tone doesn’t snag the attention of young audiences, a grossly literal view of the young narrator and a grandparent 'snot-out-our-nose laughing' should do the trick.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This book serves as a pep talk for contentious times by caring adults who want a nicer world—and that is no small thing.” —Publishers Weekly
“The message is inspiring: Ask questions, advocate for positive change, and have fun while collaborating with members of your family and community.” —School Library Journal