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The Mini-Interviews are coming!

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!

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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Happy National Dance (with a flamingo) Day!

It's National Dance Day! And who better to choose as a dance partner than a flamingo?! To celebrate- I'm giving away a signed  Flora and the Flamingo "Soar into Storytime" poster!   To enter for your chance to win- leave a comment below (by 11:59 pm PST July 27)- naming the picture book character you would choose for your dance partner! Would you rhumba with Rotten Ralph? Hula with the...

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The Next Big Thing!

Last week, the lovely and talented Courtney Pippin Mathur was "it"-  in The Next Big Thing Blog Tour. Started in Australia, "The Next Big Thing" is now racing across the globe as authors and illustrators tag one  another- asking/answering 10 questions on their blogs about their "next big thing" in children's books. This week, thanks to Courtney, (whose blog I totally recommend you check out), I am "it"! So here...

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Win a TEA REX Tea Party!

Dear Teachers and Librarians, The fabulous folks at Viking Children's Books and Penguin Young Readers Group, are playing host to me  for a week long, cross country tea party to celebrate the publication of TEA REX! I'll be stopping in for tea and biscuits (and books) in Raleigh, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, before coming back home  for the terrific TEA REX launch party at Changing Hands Bookstore on...

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International Flamingo Book Giving Day!

Well, ok, it's really called International Book Giving Day... But I AM giving away four- count 'em FOUR- copies of FLORA AND THE FLAMINGO! In keeping with the "International" part of International Book Giving Day- I'm giving away one copy each of the English, Spanish, French and Italian translations/editions of the book! To enter for your chance to win  simply leave a comment here... in any language :) Winners will...

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TEA REX Sketch Giveaway!

Happy New Year! With January 1 falling on a Tuesday this year- though it's only the 8th- it's already time for... TEA REX Tea for Two Tuesday!   This time, I'm giving away this original pencil sketch of Rex to one lucky winner! To enter for your chance to win, simply do one or more of the following: 1. Leave a comment here 2. If you found this post via...

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Christmas Tea (Rex)

Tis the season to snuggle up on the couch with a good book and something warm and yummy to sip. And while Rex is forgoing his usual tea and biscuits for milk and cookies (which were supposed to be for Santa)... I'm here to share the recipe for my family's favorite CHRISTMAS TEA! It's a sort of instant wassail- guaranteed to warm your spirits as well as your tummy.  ...

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A Mini Interview with Jeremy Holmes!

The first time I saw the artwork of Jeremy Holmes, I was sitting at a SCBWI conference. An art director from Chronicle Books handed me a copy of Jeremy's THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY. She handed me this book to pass around the room of conference of attendees- but it never made it out of my hands. The art work was so amazing- I was immediately...

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Last but not least!

How did it get to be the end of November?!" I keep asking myself... I can hardly believe it! But believe it or not, it's here, and along with it... our final four Mini Interviews for 2012. And, I think you'll agree that though they may be last- they are certainly not least! Here's the lineup... Constanze Von Kitzing  visits Juana's blog on Tuesday. Jeremy Holmes will be here on...

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Mini Interview with Kelly Light!

Kelly lives in Long Island, N.Y.. She is right now, drawing in her attic studio surrounded by old radios, books, cartoon collectibles and is usually singing very loudly. She is currently working hard on her first three books. All due out Spring 2014: ,THE QUIRKS - WELCOME TO NORMAL, written by Erin Soderberg (Bloomsbury), ELVIS AND THE UNDERDOGS, written by Jenny Lee (Balzer and Bray), LOUISE LOVES ART, by Kelly Light (Balzer and...

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A Mini Interview with Lynne Avril!

Lynne Avril was born and grew up in Montana, where she received a BA in Art from the University of (Hippie) Montana, Missoula, the Berkeley of the Northwest where she was also able to (somehow) complete her degree without taking a single math class. She has spent the last 30 years, however, living in and enjoying Arizona. She has spent those years trying out several career possibilities such as dishwasher,...

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