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Debbie's second picture book launches on Oct. 17, 2017!

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Sneak peek at SAM & EVA opening pages


Pre-order SAM & EVA and get a one-of-a-kind hand-painted signed keepsake!

Back to SAM & EVA Bonus Page (includes free, print-ready goodies, press & reviews, teacher's guide, book launch event info and more)

To celebrate the Oct.17/2017 release of my second solo picture book, SAM & EVA, I am giving away a small keepsake like the one in the photo above (on the right) to anyone who pre-orders my book by Oct.15. Each keepsake is approximately 5-6" wide and 4" high, hand-painted and signed, mailed with a cardboard backing in an archival-safe clear protective bag.


1) Pre-order SAM & EVA by October 15, 2017.

2) Fill out this form. You'll be prompted for a photo/screenshot of your receipt as well as a snailmail address where I can send your keepsake. This offer is open to anyone anywhere in the world. Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Children's and Simon & Schuster Canada for funding and handling mailings in North America. I will cover other mailings out of my own pocket. Offer lasts until midnight, October 15th or until my supplies run out, whichever comes first.

Here are some places where you can pre-order SAM & EVA:


 Q. How did you create these keepsakes?

A. I printed out the basic template (b&w figures of Sam & Eva drawing on a blank wall) on acid-free heavyweight watercolor paper, nine to a sheet, on my Epson R2000 using archival ink. After cutting up the sheet into individual pieces, I added art to each image with watercolor paints and Kuretake watercolor brushes, then signed each.

The first 100 pre-order swag requests also get these SAM & EVA stickers!

Q. What kind of pre-orders do you accept? What if I pre-ordered through Amazon?

A. Pre-orders with any store (including online) accepted. If you pre-order with an indie bookstore, however, you'll ALSO be automatically entered in a super-special giveaway for extra goodies. 

Q. I live on an uncharted island in the Bermuda Triangle! Will you still send me a keepsake?

A. As long as you provide me with an address that accepts postal mail and I haven't run out of supplies yet, then sure. Again, HUGE THANKS to Simon & Schuster U.S. and Simon & Schuster Canada for covering mailings in North America. This makes it possible for me to be able to afford to open up my offer to non-North American addresses as well (I will be covering the latter out of my own pocket).

***NOTE: The book itself is NOT included. :-)

Feel free to let others know about my pre-order offer! You can use the short form URL:

If you're in Toronto, I invite you to come to my SAM & EVA Book Launch Party!You can pick up your book a week early AND get a hand-painted keepsake on October 10th at A Different Booklist.


Thanks to CBC Books for including SAM & EVA on their "must-read" list!

I just found out from Simon & Schuster Canada that CBC Books included SAM & EVA on their "10 Picture Books You'll Want To Check Out This Fall" list, yay! I'm especially honoured, considering the company. You can see the complete CBC Books fall preview here and the PDF here.


"Why we chose it: This sweet story about the power of teamwork promises to be both imaginative and funny. Toronto-based artist Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author of Where Are My Books? and has illustrated several Judy Blume books."

Thank you, CBC Books!

For other feedback and reviews so far, see my Sam & Eva Press Page.


SAM & EVA Book Launch Party in Toronto on October 10, 2017!

On Facebook, see my SAM & EVA Book Launch Party event link. Please do RSVP if you are planning to go or are considering going - this will help us (me, A Different Booklist bookstore, my sis Ruth, husband Jeff and Simon & Schuster Canada) plan accordingly. Thank you!

The official publication date for SAM & EVA isn't until Oct.17, but S&S Canada has arranged to have books available a week early, yay!

For those who want to support a friend's new book but can't afford to buy it, there are so many other ways you can show your support! Here are some suggestions (and THANK YOU in advance!).


Nice review for SAM & EVA in Kirkus

Thanks to Kirkus for the nice review of SAM & EVA, which I've added to my Sam & Eva Press page.

"A power tussle between two kids plays out through mischievous drawings....Eva, who’s Asian, and Sam, who’s black, are full of movement, their postures and facial expressions different on every spread. When their mural becomes frantic and out of hand, the kids escape in a way that Crockett Johnson’s Harold would be proud of."