Sunday, August 30, 2015

I will draw your social media avatar—It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon contest!

It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon will soon be on bookshelves everywhere!

To celebrate, I am running a little contest. What can you win? I will draw your social media avatar in the style of the illustrations from my new book! Three winners will get digital art of their likeness—they'll be reading and holding a balloon of their favorite color!




How do you enter? Sign in to Rafflecopter below and follow the prompts for how you can rack up virtual raffle tickets!



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Animated Peanut Butter and Jellyfish!


Look for the animated Peanut Butter and Jellyfish in the Speakaboos storybook app! And say hello to Fly Guy and Pete's a Pizza while you're there!

Weston Woods did such a fantastic job with the animated adaptation of my book!

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National Dog Day

Happy #‎NationalDogDay from these two knucklehead pugs. I'll be celebrating by walking them, playing with them and picking up their poop.

Family


Had a family dinner out, and our three-year-old kid brought a purse filled with books. Love her!

Book Bus

I'll be at the The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on September 12th! And with WRSI - 93.9 The River, we hope to fill a bus with books for Reader to Reader!
Help us help this incredible organization get books into the hands of kids who need them!
Free admission to the museum for every kid who brings a book to donate!
I'll take the stage at 11 AM, the donation drive runs from 10 AM-12 PM!

Comic Squad

I received an Advance Readers Copy of Comics Squad: Lunch!, and man oh man—the book looks incredible! Learn about Lunch Lady's origins when the final book published on January 26th! (Or earlier if you score an ARC ...)
High fives to Jenni, Matt and the entire Comics Squad team! Every contributor put together such a superlative entry.

And oh yeah...SNOOPY!!!

Family Fun


Thank you to the team at FamilyFun for recommending Lunch Lady comics in their September issue! It's on news stands now—lots of great back-to-school everything in this issue!

Traveling Exhibit


Attention Orlando! Matt Holm has just informed me that our art has now traveled to your fair city. Check out the original art from Babymouse, Smile, Big Nate, Lunch Lady and many other comics in this traveling exhibit!


The exhibition, "Bam! It's a picture book!"—originally at the NCCIL—is now at the Orlando Museum of Art through November 1. It includes my original art from Babymouse and SQUISH, plus art from graphic novels by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Raina Telgemeier's Comics, Lincoln Peirce, and Mark Crilley. Check it out! http://omart.org/…/bam_its_a_picture_book_the_art_behind_gr…

Thank You Librarians!

While my kids were at day camps throughout the summer, I wrote at various public libraries. I left behind drawings for the librarians to find at each spot...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Chalk Fish Attack

Terrible news. A giant fish ate my friends' baby.

And it should be noted that my daughter (on the right) is drawing the fish pooping.

Woof Woof

Would-be robbers BEWARE! We have a pug and a three-year-old kid guarding the house. They are barking at each passerby.

Throwback Thursday

To all of the 9th graders out there who will be getting their student ID photos taken over the next few weeks—stay strong!
‪#‎throwbackthursday‬ to my freshman ID photo...

Sand Drawings



 We spent time this afternoon drawing in the sand.



Giant Sized Butterflies


Gets me every time. Every. Time. Such a calculated move, Justin Robertswink emoticon
Or do we point the finger at Mindy and her cronies at SiriusXM Kids Place Live?!

Throwback Thursday

‪#‎TBT‬ to this 2003 article in Print's 20 under 30 issue. My 3rd book had just published. I was 25.
And yes, that photo. And that hair...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Late Summer

I'm not quite ready for pumpkin-spice everything.
It's late August in New England—the kind of weather we live through these winters for. So many parts of the country are already back to school, but we are holding on for some final moments of salty sea air.

P.S.

sandy, salty pug


The Library of Congress's National Book Festival

It's hard not to get really, really excited about The Library of Congress's National Book Festival when you glance at the schedule: 
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Snoopy

It's not every day that you get to sit at your hero's desk in the very space that he made the comics you grew up reading. Getting a tour of Charles Schultz's Studio and his museum was truly a bucket-list moment!

Here is a painting of Snoopy that I made when I was in the fourth grade. I remember making this in Mrs. Beatty's art class, which was located in the attic of Gates Lane School in Worcester. I spilled paint and was very upset that I had "messed up" the picture. Mrs. Beatty encourage me to use that spilled paint as an opportunity to make something I wouldn't have otherwise. She ended up putting this piece in an exhibit of student work at the Worcester Art Museum. I still remember the excitement of seeing it presented on the wall!

And here are photos of me as a kid with my Snoopy dolls.

Whoops!

I swear, I thought I was paying attention when I packed for this work trip. Clearly I've been inspired by my creative kids... On the bright side, these shoes are for opposite feet...

Relative Age


"Daddy, how old is Lunch Lady?"
"Um...I dunno. Late 30s, early 40s?"
"No, the books! How long have the books been around?" 
"Oh! They were published six months after you were born. So six years."


Sunday, August 02, 2015

Fall Schedule!

Poster art for the Princeton Children's Book Festival.  



While I shudder at the thought of summer being over, I wanted to share dates for some exciting events I have coming up this fall. 

(OK, take a look below and forget that I just made a reference to anything about summer ending!)


September 5
Washington, D.C.
The National Book Festival

September 8
It's Tough to Loose Your Balloon hits bookshelves! When this book publishes, it will be the 30th book with the name Krosoczka on the spine!




September 8
4 pm
Dedham, MA
Blue Bunny Bookshop

September 9
5 PM
Knoxville, TN
Union Avenue Books

September 12
Amherst, MA
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

September 15
4 PM
Shelburne, VT
Flying Pig Bookstore


September 17
Baltimore, MD
More info to come!

September 18
Haverforfd, PA
Children's Book World


September 19
Princeton, NJ

September 20
1 PM
St. Paul, MN

October 28
6:30 PM
Medford, MA
Medford Public Library

November 21
3:00 PM
Leominster, MA
Leominster Public Library

December 13
New York, NY
First Book NYC Fundraiser at Symphony Space


And looking ahead to the beginning of 2016...


January 26
Comic Squad: Lunch! hits bookshelves!

January 30
Plainsville, MA
An Unlikely Story Bookstore




Thursday, July 30, 2015

First Book- Manhattan


If you like Dr. Seuss and enjoy supporting First Book - Manhattan, you may want to save the date for this December event. I am delighted to be returning to Symphony Space to host this celebration and fundraiser. There will a cavalcade of talented actors on hand to read from the works of Dr. Seuss—this is not to be missed!

It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon

I'll never forget the unexpected thrill I got when I first saw my last name on the spine of a published book. For whatever reason, I had anticipated seeing it on the cover and title page, but not the spine. It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon marks the 30th time I've experienced this—and seeing my family name printed on the spine of a book is as thrilling as ever! (And you'll be able to see for yourself on September 8th, when Balloon launches!)
My new life goal is to see that consonant-heavy name printed horizontally on the spine of a book!

Princeton Children's Book Festival

I'm incredibly honored to have created the artwork for the 2015 Princeton Children's Book Festival! It's their 10th anniversary, and I can't wait to join in on the festivities on September 19!

A Pleasant Surprise

Last night, my 10th grade English teacher, Mrs. Frances Fedor, surprised me at my presentation at the Walpole Public Library! I remember her class vividly, especially the big term project. Students were put into groups, and we needed to make a movie or play based on a book. My group chose Stephen King's Misery. Somehow I convinced my group to make an animated adaptation, everybody colored in the hundreds of drawings and supplied voices—it was a ton of work. (And you can find the movie at https://youtu.be/LfTAbv0iRPA) There's no doubt that project was a precursor to what I do now. 
Mrs. Fedor also chaperoned my senior year trip to Camp Sunshine. My work with the campers there, all families dealing with pediatric cancer, had a tremendous impact on my life. I can still feel the ripples from that week today! 
Oh, and I also happened to have a slide of The Picture of Dorian Gray in my slideshow—Mrs. Fedor's assigned summer reading in 1992. How appropriate!

Book Recommendations


If you were to put a Roald Dahl book and a Beverly Cleary book in a blender, you'd get Dory Fantasamagory. We LOVED reading this chapter book in my house. 
I recommended this book on my weekly segment on SiriusXM Kids Place Live. Listen for me every Tuesday at 8 and 10 AM. 
And find an archive of the books I talk about on air via the Pinterest. http://t.co/YhzqNTsLJB http://t.co/nVPchG61HN

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Audiobook


Did you know that I recorded an audiobook of Peanut Butter and Jellyfish? Weston Woods & Scholastic Audio also made a spiffy animated adaptation. 
I just received my first review for my voiceover work. I'm used to getting taken to task for my words and pictures, but it was so surreal to read a review of my "acting." It was a really nice review!

It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon Book Trailer


Here is the book trailer for It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon! 
Kids' problems can sometimes feel trivial to us, but when we get down to their level and watch that balloon float away...man, it is indeed tough. 
It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon will be on bookshelves everywhere on September 8th!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Punk Farm on Tour Paperback

Punk Farm on Tour is out in paperback!
Back when the book published in 2007, I launched a faux-social media site for the fans in the book.
It'll make you nostalgic for MySpace, and you can follow the other characters as they get to the concerts.

Pug Life

All dogs do this, right?  ‪#‎pugs‬


Ralph can't even.

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Totally Tardy Marty


PRO TIP: If the clothes on your floor don't smell, they're ready to wear! Sketch to finish for ‪#‎TotallyTardyMarty‬
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Watertown Free Public Library Summer Reading Kickoff



Watch this great piece that New England Cable News produced about the Watertown Free Public Library summer reading kickoff. 
I'm flattered by their words!


Totally Tardy Marty

Are you typically tardy, like Marty, or never late, like Kate?
Totally Tardy Marty is a story about hall monitors, big ideas and friendship. Written by Erica S. Perl, illustrated by me, and on bookshelves now!




Totally Tardy Marty and Never-Late Kate's friendship was brought to life through Erica S. Perl's words and a mix of traditional and digital media. Not to mention the superlative design work by Chad Beckerman, the editing skills of Susan Van Metre and everyone at Abrams!
I created the art for Totally Tardy Marty using paint, crayons, pens, my Surface Pro 3 and toast....


The manuscript for Erica S. Perl's Totally Tardy Marty included a dog for the main character, so I drew a pug.



Here is a sketch-to-finish animated gif: 



Best Book Friends

Lunch with wonderful people who make wonderful books! Grace Lin and Kelly Light are two of my BBFs (Best Book Friends).