Wackiness Ensues…

Tag! I’m it…

"Do you run?" you might ask. "Only when chased." I would reply. "Do you blog?" you might ask. "Only when  tagged." So thank goodness for K.G. Campbell tapping me on the virtual shoulder and saying... "You're it!"   Last week, the funny and fabulously talented K.G. Campbell was "it" in this 4 question game of blog tag.  A game in which a bunch of authors and illustrators are running about...

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Mini Interviews + Juana Martinez Neal = BIG Thank you

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As I type this post  in my toasty-warm little studio… it is SO quiet. This... is a rarity. Usually, there is a lot of noise. I have music playing, the pencil sharpener is whirring, my phone is beeping or I'm gibbering away (to myself) trying to work out some piece of artwork, or part of a story. I'm loud. I talk loudly, I laugh loudly, I love action, and hustle...

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Mini Interview: Loren Long

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Let me tell you about one of my FAVORITE holiday traditions... Every year, when we go visit Santa, he asks our boys what they would like for Christmas, makes a note of their requests, and gives them each a new book to tide them over till Christmas morning. This tradition started the very first Christmas after our oldest was born. He was about 2 months old. He didn't ask for...

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Good things, and flamingos, come in threes…

  Did you know that a group of flamingos is not a flock, but rather, a FLAMBOYANCE?   That makes me  happy. It makes me feel like dancing!   You know what else makes me feel like dancing? All of the warm and wonderful praise that Flora and her pink pal have received.   They say good things come in threes… and I think that must be true. In just...

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MIni Interview: Melissa Sweet

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Which means today (in my house at least)  is Pie Day! We get out all the ingredients. Make every one from scratch. Mixing, rolling, baking, testing... (The taste testing is my favorite part) When we're all done, we've made an incredible mess, but we've also made something wonderfully sweet, to savor and share. So, it seems especially fitting that today, Pie Day, is the day in which our featured...

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Mini Interview: K.G. Campbell

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Keith Campbell and I are leading parallel picture-book lives... We both work in pencil. We share the same awesome agent. We've each had books published this year featuring title characters named Flora. And we have each illustrated tea parties- hosted by the fabulous folks at Viking Children's Books. (Twilight Zone theme music plays in the background.) We've got a lot in common.   And... I think that once you've seen...

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Mini Interview: Eric Barclay

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When I was 8 years old… I got my first pair of glasses. But I really, Really, REALLY didn't want to wear them. So, for a few years, I kept them in my pocket whenever my parents were out of sight. And as a result, more and more other things were out of sight too!  I can see in my mind's eye, (more clearly than my vision would ever allow),...

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Mini Interview: Matt Phelan

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You know how you can be puttering about on the internet, idly clicking, just passing time… when, outta nowhere, one unsuspecting click leads you  to something that just knocks your socks off?! Such was the case for me, when I happened upon Matt Phelan's cover for BLUFFTON. I can't remember where I was clicking to or from… I just remember that when I clicked a link and that image filled...

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Mini Interviews Week 1: And so it begins!

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I know it's only Monday morning, but I've got a feeling this is gonna be a good week! I mean, just look who's coming to visit….   Marta Altes will be chatting with Juana on  Tuesday. Matt Phelan is stopping here for a visit on Wednesday Sean Qualls answers Mikela's questions on Thursday. And rounding off the week, John Rocco shoots the breeze with Laura on Friday.   Yep, it's gonna be...

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The Mini-Interviews are coming!

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The day after tomorrow is November 1st and you know what that means…. NATIONAL PICTURE BOOK MONTH! And National picture Book Month means that Juana, Laura, Mikela and I are back with our annual series of Mini Interviews! This year, we’ve decided to embrace the “mini-ness” of our annual mini interviews, and so, our interviews will revolve around... the “little” things in the lives and work of our author/illustrator interviewees....

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Eeeek! It’s a Ghoulish Guessing-Game GIVEAWAY!

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Halloween is creeping... Creeping... Ever closer... Soon it will be at your door... You'll hear the tell-tale 'Ding-Dong' of the door bell... You'll sloooooowly open the door and then... TRICK OR TREAT!!!! Halloween may still be a fortnight away, but I've got a TREAT for you- A copy of ZOMBELINA! There's just one TRICK to winning it... You must guess the number of pencils I used to create the illustrations...

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