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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 Interview: Loren Long

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

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

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

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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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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