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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 Interviews + Juana Martinez Neal = BIG Thank you

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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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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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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It’s no TRICK… the Mini Interviews are almost here!

Now that's what I call a TREAT! Starting next Wednesday, and every Wednesday in November, I'll be hosting a mini interview right here with one of my favorite illustrators! So, I am here to give you a sneak peek as to who I'll be chatting with- folks who are so talented it's SCARY... Lynne Avril Adam Gustavson Jeremy Holmes and Kelly Light See- now you're excited too right?! Be sure...

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How do you take your tea?

Milk? Sugar? One lump or two? How you take your tea is a matter of personal taste. You might not even like tea. You might prefer coffee, or orange juice... or Ovaltine. Any one of those would be a valid choice (yes, even Ovaltine). And what holds true for tea holds true for writing  too... Some people gravitate towards writing words of sugary sweetness, others towards words of dark and...

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Tea Rex for Two… Thursday?!

This week is slipping past at an alarming rate!  I only just realized that today is, in fact, Thursday, and not, (as I had hoped), Tuesday. Thursday?! To quote Douglas Adams, "I never could get the hang of Thursdays..." But with a fresh cup of tea in hand, I am keeping in mind two more words by the immortal Mr. Adams, "Don't Panic", and I am here to make up...

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