Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dictators in Diapers- the Story Behind WHAT ABOUT MOOSE?


It is not easy being the second born!

My own kids are 15 months apart, and this slight edge of five seasons made my daughter convinced that she knew everything and he knew nothing.


She knew what his lines should be when they were pretending to be orphans, she knew what he had to wear to their wedding...



... and she knew the right way to put the crayons away.

Which is why, when he was two and he was putting the art supplies back in the cupboard, Jordan looked over his shoulder and said, "Joshy, not like that!"

And my poor sweet boy turned to me and said sadly, 'I never do anything right."

My heart broke for him.  How dare she make him feel that way!  That is the moment when I decided I needed to write a story about a bossy character who gets his or her comeuppance!

I met with my writing partner, Becky Gomez, and WHAT ABOUT MOOSE?  was born.

If you have a little dictator in the house, check it out!



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The 2014 Picture Book Oscars



And the awards go to...


BEST MALE CHARACTER

Gaston in GASTON
















BEST FEMALE CHARACTER

Nadine in I AM COW, HEAR ME MOO!















BEST MALE SUPPORTING CHARACTER

Art in LOUISE LOVES ART
















BEST FEMALE SUPPORTING CHARACTER

The maid in MY PET BOOK
















BEST CHARACTER IN A NON-SPEAKING ROLE

Maple in MAPLE



BEST FULL CAST ENSEMBLE

SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN!



BEST FACIAL EXPRESSIONS

The puffin in THE ANGRY LITTLE PUFFIN















BEST COSTUMES

NINJA!
















BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

I'M MY OWN DOG














BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG












BEST ORIGINAL SCREEN PLAY

KID SHERIFF AND THE TERRIBLE TOADS












BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

VERY LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD


BEST ANIMATED TRAILER

GOODNIGHT ALREADY!






BEST LIVE-ACTION TRAILER

SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE.





And finally....


BEST PICTURE BOOK

COCK-A-DOODLE OOPS!




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

And the Next Ninja Book Is...

We got so many great guesses!

Ninja-rella!    The Ninjabread Man!    Ninjalocks & the Three Bears!

3 Ninja Goats Gruff!     Ninja White!     Rumplestiltsninja!

All would make fantastic titles and many were ideas that we did consider ourselves.

But in the end, we felt that like the three pigs and red riding hood, the main characters of this third book had to be in danger of being eaten!

That greatly narrowed the field.

After much debate, we decided to fracture Hansel and Gretel.

And so, our next title is

Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks



The winner of the Ninja Prize Pack is Sarah Svarda!  Thanks so much to everyone who participated.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Guess the Next Ninja Book! (and a giveaway!)

First there were three porkers who packed a punch.  Then there was a confident karate kid in a red cape. What will be next? 




This time I teamed up with Rebecca Gomez to Ninja-fy another fairy tale.  Guess the title and you could win a Ninja prize pack.  (Signed hardcover RED, signed paperback PIGS, plus Ninja bookmarks and stickers)


Enter to win, then hop over to Becky's blog for a chance to win another prize!  Ki-ya!

NOTE:  Becky and I teamed up to write this ninja book, but it will still be illustrated by Caldecott medalist Dan Santat!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

I Like Banned Books... and I Cannot Lie! (plus a giveaway!)

I like banned books... and I cannot lie.  I also like big butts.

















Butts are funny.  They make kids laugh.  But some people don't like big butts.   Some people give THE THREE NINJA PIGS a one-star review on Goodreads and write comments like, "I purchased this book for my classroom, but after reading it, I have decided it isn't appropriate for young children. I don't appreciate that it has the word 'butt' in it."

Well, those people are not going to like many of my other books either, because nearly every story I write has the word butt, or some synonym for butt, in it!

So in honor of Banned Books Week (and big butts!), I am giving away a signed copy of THE THREE NINJA PIGS.

Just leave a comment to be entered.  Winner will be selected on Sept 27, at 10:00 PM EST.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NINJA RED RIDING HOOD- What the Kids Had to Say

The first NINJA RED RIDING HOOD reviews are in!  They are not from Kirkus.  They're not from PW. They are from an awesome bunch of third graders who live in Alberta, Canada.  This class got an F&G (an unbound review copy) and quickly realized that the wolf is the same one who appeared in THE THREE NINJA PIGS.



Here are their comments:

"The author used great juicy words!" - Mason

"This is seriously one of the best books I've ever read.  The author needs to make more of these!" - Nolan

"The page where Red Riding Hood comes out of her cape and becomes a ninja is the best surprise!" - Dyson

"I can't believe it ended that way!  A wolf has to eat meat!" - Gabby

"I think the illustrator was really smart.  He used the same animals from the end of the Three Ninja Pigs at the beginning of Ninja Red Riding Hood." 

"I wonder what the next Ninja book will be?  Goldininja?" - Gage

"Dan Santat has a great imagination.  But I wonder why the wolf wasn't fatter in the The Three Ninja Pigs?" - Carter

"I still think that Wolf's ninja teacher is Red Riding Hood's Grandma."  -  Jenna

"The best part was when the Wolf was 'achin' for bacon'!" - Arland


Note: No children were offered bribes in exchange for favorable feedback.

Ki-ya!  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring has Sprung- MAPLE Giveaway!




We are only 13 hours out of winter and... I already feel a lighter spring in my step!   So, I decided to celebrate.  Remember, how I accidentally pre-ordered MAPLE twice?



Well, I am giving away my duplicate copy of this charming book by Lori Nichols!   Just leave a comment to enter.

For a second entry, comment on my Facebook post.

FROM THE PUBLISHER

When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor.  She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn't always make an ideal playmate, it doesn't mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud--- which is often.  Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.

Winner will be chosen, Sunday, March 23rd at 8:00 PM EST.