The Hupf's Bookshelf
Published Authors:
Zetta and Mitchell Hupf

Reading a book is like looking through a window!

About Us

Here you will learn a little about us, read some News articles and interviews!

 

We are so excited and can't wait for our book, "Henry Goes To The Park" to be in print.

~How we came up with the idea for "Henry Goes To The Park"--It was a rainy boring day and Mitchell wanted to know what we could do.  We happened to be walking by Mitchell's bedroom door, where a construction paper Hippo was hanging.  He had recently made it in Kindergarten class and was so proud of how well it looked.  We decided to write a story about this Hippo we now call Henry.  Henry and his friends soon came to life with the illustrations to fit the story.  We had so much fun writing the story of Henry Hippo and we hope you enjoy Henry Goes To The Park as much as we do and did creating

~Detective Buddy was created from out dog Buddy, that we adopted from the Humaine Society.  He loves to snoop around, so what better story than a Detective story.

~We decided to write a story about Alex Fox from drawing illustrations together.  We liked the idea of helping children meet new friends, after moving to another town.  This story shows children to be themselves and have fun.

~Max and Daisy again come from drawing illustrations.  They just seemed to look like a couple of adventurous puppies that needed to explore and find new things.  

 

Zetta Hupf

Zetta grew up in a small town called Thomas, WV, the youngest of eight children.  She joined the U.S. Army right out of High School and met her husband while in the military.  Zetta and her husband Chris are Desert Storm Veterans and now reside in Kaukauna, WI with their son Mitchell and dog Buddy.  We enjoy our yearly trips back to West Virginia to visit our family there.  Zetta began drawing at a young age and would use that love of drawing to help write this story with her son.  Her inspiration for Henry Goes To The Park, came from her son who loves to tell and write stories, a construction paper Hippo and from her love of drawing.   I always love showing people my drawings and making drawings as gifts.   Every artist dreams of seeing their work in print, whether it's a book, poetry, or illustrations.  We're having alot of fun writing and illustrating stories.  This is a dream come true for us!

Zetta is also a Freelance Children's Book Illustrator.  Check out her Illustrator Website:  www.penguinpencilart.com   

You will be able to see various drawings/illustrations of different styles and mediums.

Here are some of my drawings from over the years!

 

Mitchell Hupf

Mitchell is an outgoing 12 year old who loves football, playing the drums, drawing, making up stories, shooting archery, hunting, camping, fishing and so much more.  He lives in Kaukauna with his family and dog Buddy.  Mitchell's inspiration for Henry Goes To The Park, came on a boring rainy day with nothing to do and from a construction paper Hippo he had made in Kindergarten.  Our love for animals, helped create the characters for the story.  With his love of story telling and Mom's love of drawing, Henry came to life.

Mitchell's Poem's

 

The best

He is the best

oh yes he is

He takes me almost everywhere

~the best

he helps me with anything

~the best

He cares for me

and loves me

~the best

But he knows

because he's the best dad

~By Mitchell Hupf  09'

 

Families are forever

Families are forever

they stick together

right through it all

They help each other

through tough times

they laugh and joke

and never cry

they love each other

and stick together

right through it all

~By Mitchell Hupf   09'

Mitchell's Ideas

For Fun! 

Homemade Playdoough

Ingredients:

1C. flour, 1 C. water, 1/2 C. salt, 2 TBS. cream of tarter & 1 TBS. oil

Cook these ingredients until it forms a mass in the pan.  Pour it out onto a plastic container lid (Cool Whip, margaring etc.)  Cover with damp cloth.  Store new playdough in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  This is NON-EDIBLE!  The finished product should be dry and not gooey.  You can add food coloring to make colors.....

~Mitchell's Favorite Authors

S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders)

J.K. Rowlings (Harry Potter Series)

Gary Paulsen  (Brian Saga)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the News

Kaukauna mother, son see literary works published      

Writing books for children serves as way for two to bond

BY SHARON HANUSZCZAK-FROBERG • POST-CRESCENT EAST • December 21, 2009

KAUKAUNA — Kaukauna resident Zetta Hupf was trying to entertain her son, Mitchell, on a rainy afternoon six years ago when she spotted a hippo the kindergartner had created using construction paper.

Knowing how proud Mitchell was of the hippo — which hung for all to see outside his bedroom door — Hupf encouraged her fussy, but imaginative son to make up a story about the third-largest living land mammal. The tale “Henry Goes to the Park” was written that afternoon, with the illustrations finalized a few weeks later.

The mother-and-son team printed copies of the story to give away as Christmas presents to family and friends, but didn’t pursue getting the book published until February or March. Within a week of submitting the manuscript to PublishAmerica Inc., a Maryland-based publishing company, Hupf received good news.

Their first book was released Dec. 5 and is available for purchase online.  “We actually sat on it for quite some time and thought, ‘What the heck — let’s send it in and see if they accept it.’ And they did,” said Hupf, who is employed as a machine operator by the paper company Appleton. “We can’t wait to get the official book.”

Hupf and Mitchell, now 11, also are eager to hold their second finished children’s book in their hands. “Detective Buddy and the Case of the Missing Football,” based on their miniature Doberman/terrier mix, is slated for release on Jan. 5.

While Hupf has done all of the illustration for the two books, she and her son collaborate to create the books’ characters and storyline.  “Most of the time, we feed off of each other,” said Mitchell, a sixth-grader at River View Intermediate School. “It’s a fun thing, a time to get away and do something together.”

Hupf, who has enjoyed drawing since she was a child, said many of the characters for the books come from doodles she and her son draw while watching television. The two even have a travel game they created to come up with interesting characters.  “He’ll draw a squiggle and then I have to make a character or something out of it, and then I’ll draw one for him and then he’s got to make something out of it,” Hupf said.  The two also draw on personal experience for some of their stories. They came up with the plot for “Detective Buddy” after watching their dog, Buddy, play with a football it received as a gift. The book takes Buddy and the other characters on a search for a missing football.

While Hupf and Mitchell enjoy creating characters based on animals, they currently are working on a story about a boy missing his father, an American soldier fighting in a war.  Hupf and her husband, Chris, are Desert Storm veterans and her sister is a soldier stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas.  The two came up with the book idea after Mitchell drew a picture of a soldier saluting at the cross following the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.  

Mitchell, who has signed up for an art design class next school year, plans to play a bigger role in the illustration of the next book.

Both mother and son are looking forward to sharing their published works with others. The two have been asked to do a book reading at Kidzland Childcare Center in Darboy and Butterfly Books in De Pere.

“It’s exciting to see something that you created that everybody in the world has a chance to look at,” Hupf said. “If it makes one kid excited or they love it, then we’re happy.”

 

 

Kaukauna mother, son see literary works published 

By Sharon Hanuszczak-Froberg • Post-Crescent East editor • January 2, 2010

KAUKAUNA — When Zetta Hupf sat down with her son six years ago to write about a hippo's trip to the park, she never dreamed the story would be published.


Hupf was trying to entertain her imaginative kindergartner, Mitchell, on a rainy afternoon when she spotted a hippo made of construction paper hanging outside his bedroom door.

Hupf encouraged him to make up a story about the hippo. The tale "Henry Goes to the Park" was written that afternoon, with the illustrations finalized a few weeks later.

The mother-and-son team printed copies of the story to give away as Christmas presents to family and friends, but didn't pursue getting the book published until February or March of 2009.

Within a week of submitting the manuscript to PublishAmerica Inc., a Maryland-based publishing company, Hupf received good news. Their first book was released Dec. 5 and is available for purchase online.

"We actually sat on it for quite some time and thought, 'What the heck — let's send it in and see if they accept it.' And they did," said Hupf, who is employed as a machine operator by the paper company Appleton. Hupf and Mitchell, now 11, also are eager to hold their second finished children's book in their hands. "Detective Buddy and the Case of the Missing Football," based on their miniature Doberman/terrier mix, is slated for release Tuesday.

While Hupf has done all of the illustration for the two books, she and her son collaborate to create the characters and storyline.

"Most of the time, we feed off of each other," said Mitchell, a sixth-grader at River View Intermediate School. "It's a fun thing, a time to get away and do something together."

Hupf said many of the characters come from doodles she and her son draw while watching television.

While Hupf and Mitchell enjoy creating characters based on animals, they currently are working on a story about a boy missing his father, an American soldier fighting in a war.

Mitchell, who has signed up for an art design class next school year, plans to play a bigger role in the book's illustration.

The Hupfs have been asked to do a book reading at Kidzland Childcare Center in Darboy and Butterfly Books in De Pere.

"It's exciting to see something that you created that everybody in the world has a chance to look at," Hupf said. "If it makes one kid excited or they love it, then we're happy."

 

 

Interview

Our Interview with Author & Freelance Editor Barbara J. Smith

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Interview with Zetta and Mitchell Hupf

I had the double pleasure of interviewing Zetta Hupf and her son and co-author Mitchell. Zetta and I became friends through her blog, The Book Cubby. She has interviewed me in the past and I’m excited she agreed to an interview herself along with her very talented son.

Zetta and Mitchell are co-authors of several children’s books including Alex Fox Moves to Town, Max and Daisy’s Adventure to the Big Woods, Henry Goes to the Park, and Detective Buddy and the Case of the Missing Football. Her books are available on Amazon.com and through her
website.

But enough about that. On to our interview.

BJS: Tell me a little about yourself.

Zetta:
I am originally from a small town called Thomas, WV and now live in Wisconsin. I joined the army straight out of high school. and met my husband, Chris, while serving. We have a 12-year-old son, Mitchell, who is the co-author of our children’s books. I am a huge dog/animal lover. I guess that’s why our characters are mostly animals.

Mitchell: I’m 12 years old and love the outdoors. I enjoy hunting, fishing, football, riding ATVs and most anything to do with wildlife.

BJS:
What is your latest published work?

Zetta: Detective Buddy and the Case of the Missing Football.

BJS: Why did you write this book?

Zetta: We had recently adopted our dog Buddy from the Humane Society and loved watching him try to sniff around and find things.

Mitchell: He reminded us of a detective trying to find his clues. So he soon became Detective Buddy!

BJS: Where do you get your ideas?

Zetta: We like to get our ideas from everyday life. Things that we like to talk about and things that we think other children will enjoy reading about. Or playing out the scenes after reading the story.

BJS: What are you working on right now?

Zetta: We have two stories in the works right now.

Mitchell: The first is: My Dad is a Soldier, Yes, He Is. It’s a story of a little child missing his dad who has gone off to war.

Zetta: Our second is The Hunt For Underwater Treasure. It’s a story about Tony Turtle, a young turtle who has heard many stories about a treasure lost at sea. Tony sets out to find it.

BJS: Do you use a set process when you write such as outlining, or do you just sit and type?

Zetta: We usually create drawings while watching a movie or by playing our travel game. One makes a squiggle and the other has to create something out of it. Once we have a character drawn that we really like, then we’ll sit together and write in a notebook the type of story we could see that character in. We really feed our ideas off of one another.

BJS: What do you like the most about writing?

Mitchell: We really like seeing the story take shape and can’t wait to see the completion. It’s truly amazing to see the story bring the characters to life.

BJS: Who is your favorite author and why?

Zetta: Jane Austen-Her stories are so pure and truly amazing for her time.

Mitchell: S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders), J.K. Rowlings (the Harry Potter Series) and Gary Paulsen (Brian Saga)

BJS: Do you have any advice for other new or wannabe authors?

Zetta: Stay true to yourself. Always write about things that you believe in. Try writing with a child, it is amazing. You will get wonderful ideas from a kid’s point of view, not to mention how much fun it is to create together.

Mitchell: And never give up.

BJS: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Zetta: You can find out more about us and our stories by visiting us on our
website.

BJS: Thank you so much for taking the time for this interview.