I'm so thrilled that Kirkus Reviews have awarded a Kirkus Star in their review of 'A Hatful of Dragons'!!! The called my book 'A Loopily, Meta Collection of Silly, Interactive Poetry', one that will 'Encourage Several Giggled-Filled Read Throughs'.
Kirkus Reviews is one of the most respected book review organizations and they are 'well-known' for giving books an 'unvarnished' review. Therefore a starred review, and a very positive one at that, is a big deal. Only a small fraction of the books they review get a Kirkus Star - specifically 'books of exceptional merit'.
Read the full Kirkus Review here!
I can do a happy dance now!
I will be doing an online book tour via blogs introducing my new book and giving folks a behind-the-scenes peek into the book. I'll add links here as the blog posts go live:
* Mixed-Up Files:
* Jane MacCulloch's DeoWriter Blog
* Matt Forrest's Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme Blog
* Sylvia Vardell's Poetry for Children Blog
Many thanks to my publisher, Boyds Mills Kane, and to Kerry McManus and Chelsea Abdullah for organizing this tour.
For my humorous poetry book releasing in March 2020, 'A Hatful of Dragons: And More Than 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems', I have been working on various iterations of the covers for the last year. Here is the current finalist for the front:
And here are some variations for the back. I made several different ones so we could accommodate varying amounts of back-cover text (such as blurbs and reviews). We won't actually know how much space we need for the text till very late in the game, so making lots of variations gives the book designer flexibility:
As you can see there is a ton of work that goes into the making of a book that is invisible to the reader.
I am excited to share the news that Boyds Mills Press has acquired the world rights to my upcoming poetry book titled A Hatful Of Dragons: And 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems. The book is scheduled to be released in Spring 2020 under their WordSong imprint.
Many thanks to my agent Rosemary Stimola of Stimola Literary Studio for making this happen!
These days I am not producing much art because I am busy finishing up the manuscript, which I am also illustrating. As you can imagine, writing and illustrating 13.8 billion poems is quite a bit of work! :)
Boyds Mills Press, publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers. Established in 1990, Boyds Mills Press’s picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction focus on excellent storytelling, imaginative illustration, and strong characters. Our exceptionally crafted titles are designed to entertain, inform, and engage children of all ages.
WordSong is the only children’s imprint in the United States specifically dedicated to poetry. WordSong titles capture the vibrant, unexpected, and emotional connections between text and young readers. Some of the well-known poets who publish under the WordSong imprint include Nikki Grimes, J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen, Marilyn Nelson, and Marilyn Singer.
I am so very excited to share with you the release of my SECOND Self-Illustrated book of funny poems titled LORD OF THE BUBBLES, a followup to my earlier award-winning collection THE BUBBLE COLLECTOR.
Read more here, watch a flip-through, and download a sample: LORD OF THE BUBBLES
I am really excited to produce my first collection of drawings (all of which are Robot themed), a labor of love that has been months in the making.
Average Amazon Review: FIVE STARS
"...A Rupture of Robots is a whimsical, interactive smorgasbord of the most wondrous robots ever created..."
"...I can definitely say that this is one of the best sketchbooks I have EVER come across.. It's hilarious... I am inspired because of all the amazing ideas the author captured through his sketches..."
"...this is so funny. I love it..."