Thrilled to learn A HATFUL OF DRAGONS is a finalist for the South Dakota Prairie Bloom Book Awards (for Grades 2-3). Awards like these encourage kids to read a lot of books, and anything that makes kids read more poetry is just fine by me, thankyouvermuch! :)
Thank you School Library Journal for a lovely review of OWL & PENGUIN:
"Debuting with an exercise in adorable empathy, Owl & Penguin make a breezy foray into the tradition of supportive picture book friendships. Faced with challenges... they strive to make things better for each other through pleasant plotting. Madan's brightly-colored illustrations of the boggle-eyed buddies add to the goofy fun for tenuous young readers. Owl & Penguin's conversation occurs primarily in the for of speech bubbles and empathetic facial expressions, with light narration in panel captions... As an opportunity for early readers and caregivers to discuss problem-solving and feelings with copious visual clues, this title is the perfect tool.
VERDICT: Cute and cheery, this graphic novel for early readers is a functional, fun read-together."
The third book in the BOBO & PUP-PUP Graphic Early Reader Series, THE FUNNY BOOK, is now available everywhere books are sold.
Illustrated by Nicola Slater, and published by Random House Books for Kids.
Synopsis: A super funny book has Pup-Pup literally laughing out loud!! Bobo wants to read it so he can laugh too, but he must wait till Pup-Pup is finished. But the more Pup-Pup laughs, the harder it is to wait! All kids know that waiting is not easy!! What happens when Bobo's patience runs out and he takes matters into his own hands?
Learn more, see inside pages, and find 'buy' links here.
My OWL & PENGUIN book is out and available everywhere books are sold. It's a great book for ages 3-6 and beginning/struggling readers of all ages. Lots of visual story telling and very easy-to-read sight words.
A 5-Star Reader Review: "Super cute book celebrating the friendship of two very different friends who help each other through their daily life challenges"
Another Reader Review: Owl and Penguin are wonderful friends who take care of each other and accommodate the other's foibles Had a great time reading this with [3-year-old] tonight.
Pre-order OWL & PENGUIN before the official release date 10/11/22 and receive:
1. A Signed Bookplate, personalized to whomsoever you wish
2. One beautiful Owl & Penguin Art Card that you can use as an art piece, bookmark, or regular postcard.
3. Some randomly selected pre-orders will also receive an OWL & PENGUIN sticker.
You can preorder books from my local indie bookshop ISLAND BOOKS using this link:
They can mail the book to you, or local readers can pick up in person.
If you have already preordered the book, or prefer to order it from elsewhere, please send me a message or DM me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with a photo of your order receipt and your mailing address, and I will mail the bookplate and the art postcard to you directly.
Offer available only till I run out of art cards!
Here's another look at the art cards:
Note: These art cards are available as a set from my online store.
And here's a closer look at the bookplates:
Some pre-orders will receive this sticker:
At 23 feet high and 56 feet long, my new Mural at the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic in Seattle WA is my largest mural to date. The mural is installed in a stairwell with the intention of getting more kids to take the stairs. Read all about this mural here.
The University of North Carolina (Charlotte) College of Arts is creating a musical theater adaptation of my poetry book A HATFUL OF DRAGONS, to be performed to young audiences in the Charlotte area in March and April of 2023. How exciting is that!
The production will be designed and created entirely by UNC using the poems in my book as the basis. Can't wait to see it!
A lovely advanced review of OWL & PENGUIN from Kirkus Reviews, who is comparing, be still my beating heart, OWL & PENGUIN with Arnold Lobel's FROG & TOAD (the touchstone of early reader friendship books!!!!)
"Engaging vignettes in the lives of two adorable friends. (Graphic early reader. 3-6)
Birds of a feather—and flipper—flock together.... The three stories in this graphic novel are told with minimal text; Owl and Penguin communicate with word balloons, using only illustrations and emojis. Some of the panels contain simple narration in boxes; if children are still learning, however, they can deduce meaning based on the illustrations. Reminiscent of the strong bond between Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad, Owl and Penguin’s friendship is deep and delightful, and this easy reader makes the story comprehensible as it addresses themes of envy, sadness, and problem-solving in an accessible and entertaining way. " - KIRKUS REVIEWS
Coming in January 2023, the fourth book in my BOBO & PUP-PUP series with Nicola Slater, BOBO & PUP-PUP HATCH AN EGG.
Look for it everywhere books are sold!
Flipped 4 Sci-Fi/Mystery is a new anthology for kids published by Harper Collins India. This unique format allows the kids to flip the book to access twice as much fun content. I have a longer science-fiction poem in this book, titled 'Dino-Mites'. Check it out if you are in India! Available from Indian bookstores and also here.