Wilbur The Tractor Series

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne Author Interview

Wilbur’s New Home: A Surprise for Wilbur follows a tractor that is going to a new home where he can rest more, but finding the right owner is a challenge. What was the inspiration for your story?

We name all of our vehicles, even our lawn tractors so when we purchased an older Wheel Horse Tractor, we named him Wilbur. I thought he was so cute and children would love reading a story about a little red tractor named Wilbur. One of my favorite features about our tractor is his big square headlights that look like eyes. This is the second book in the Wilbur the Tractor series.

The art in this book is fantastic, showcasing the work of two talented illustrators. What was the art collaboration process like working with two illustrators?

It was fun working with two different illustrators and it was a new experience for us because my sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, had illustrated all of our books until we were planning the story about Wilbur getting a new home. As it happened, Holly was very busy with various projects and wasn’t able to draw all of the illustrations. These amazing artists are so creative. They helped to make Wilbur’s second story shine. We’ve received many compliments on their work and how the illustrations drew readers into the book. It was the first book illustrated by Wanda L. Urabazo and she enjoyed creating some of the illustrations for our second Wilbur the Tractor tale.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Wilbur’s new Home shows children that changes are part of life, and positive things may happen as a result. Many children fear disruptions in their lives like moving away from their friends, or attending a new school because they are uncertain of what may happen. Children may also be shy about making new friends, like Wilbur is in the book. Wilbur’s new Home also highlights the importance of friendship because Jim, Wilbur’s owner, has promised to find him a home where the little tractor is treasured and appreciated. I believe that children will relate to Wilbur’s story and I hope it helps them cope with their situation.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Holly and I are working on a new book about twin ponies named Cocoa and Cream. They have similar personalities and they share some characteristics. For example, both have wild manes and big, hooves called platter feet. The ponies discuss how fortunate they are to have those sizeable feet because it’s unlikely their feet will feel uncomfortable. This will be a chapter book and my estimate is that it will be published in about a year.

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This is the second in the series of “Wilbur the Tractor” picture books. Wilbur’s owner and best friend, Jim, is worried that Wilbur is getting older and may not manage to mow his big field anymore. He promises to find the little red tractor a new home with someone who loves him. One possible buyer says Wilbur is “too old,” while another expresses concern that Wilbur might have a bad temper because he’s red. Wilbur is actually shy, and hides from the unkind visitors. Hattie the chicken, Wilbur’s friend, encourages him to be patient and the right person will come along. What happens next? Will Jim find the perfect family for Wilbur? What is Wilbur’s special surprise?

“A sweet story about Wilbur the cutest tractor, who faces an unknown future with patience and hope. This story features Wilbur’s adorable friend Hattie, who supports him along the journey into his new home.”~Hollie Anne Marsh, children’s author
In this second book in the Wilbur the Tractor series, Wilbur learns the value of friendship and patience. He hopes you enjoy his new adventure.

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