Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Review... plus a squirrel

Here is a fine review of Two of a Kind posted by an eight-year old reader named Sonia. It is always good to get feedback from one's actual audience. Good work, Sonia!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spilling Ink!

This week sees the release of Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter. I was pleased as punch to contribute a series of drawings for this amazingly detailed and highly entertaining look at the writing process. I think this book will be invaluable to any young writer in your life and I really wish I had something like this when I was growing up.

I'm not alone in this opinion. Bruce Coville calls it "wonderful, funny, wise" and Nancy Springer deemed it "outstanding".

Anne and Ellen have launched a fantastic website that is going to be an ongoing resource for writers and teachers. The site also features a Creativity Blog that will host a series of guest bloggers. I was honored to be their first guest. Read my post here.

And leave a comment to be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Spilling Ink signed by Anne and Ellen!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Latest from the Ring

Check out how The Storm in the Barn fared in the Anita Silvey-judged 1st round of the Battle of the Kids' Books...

(spoiler: Yes indeed, Storm had a spectacular editorial and design team in its corner.)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Top 10 and more!

The Storm in the Barn has made the 2010 edition of Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth!

In other Storm-related news, the SLG Battle of the Kids' Books is getting ready to begin. You can check out the brackets for your office pool here. Storm's bout is set for March 23rd.

Also, while you're there, why not vote for Storm to come back as a zombie if... well, you know... if things don't pan out for it. Just a suggestion. The Undead poll closes on March 14th.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hey, Pennsylvanians!

I will be happily attending the 3rd Annual Author & Illustrator Reception at Harleysville Books TONIGHT from 6-8. There will be authors aplenty, books being signed, cheese being nibbled, and local wine being imbibed!

Check out all the details including the very long list of featured authors and illustrators. It promises to be a hoot. If you're in the area, stop by and say howdy.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Ensign Enigma

A sadly forgotten crimefighter. While villains tried to decipher the meaning of his chest symbol, Ensign Enigma would punch them in the nose. It was oddly effective.