Thursday, June 29, 2006

embarrassing photo clue

Some people are writing in who think the high school picture with all the shaggy hair is my hidden most embarrassing picture. But they're off. Think Urkle, but white. (That's what my family called me.)

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a big THANK YOU to Carolina Charrie

Last winter, I placed Spanish translations of my books on my site - free to download and to paste into your books. Being that I don't know how to speak Spanish, I had a friend translate the text for me. But then a few months ago, Carolina Charrie wrote to let me know that the translations were WAY off. She had coincidentally been translating my books to her sons already. Understanding why I had made the effort, she volunteered to translate the text for me. They are now posted on-line under the book section. I can't thank Carolina enough! Because of her help, my books can now be appreciated by all Spanish speaking readers!

Check them out-

Buenas Noches, Monito

Cabeza de Bolsa

Piratas de BaƱera

Annie Fue Advertida

Max Presidente

La Granja Punk

¡Arre, Vaquerita!

new author photos from

If you need something for your dart board, head over to for new author photos taken by Steve Depino - ( Steve and I went to college together freshman year at University of Hartford and he's been a good friend ever since. Now, he is a hot shot photographer in Connecticut.

Monday, June 26, 2006

all time most embarrassing picture of me

Not too many people have found the all time most embarrassing photo of me yet. It's hidden deep within my website - somewhere. A few people have found it, but fewer than expected. I guess I did hide it very well...... I'm not about to give any hints...

PS - I just did.

Let me know if you find it. It's my 9th grade student ID.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Career Cookbook

Last summer I was interviewed by the Career Cookbook - (here) Since then, I have become friends with the site's creator Paul Maniaci and have put him in touch with some friends who are doing cool stuff (both inside and outside of the publishing biz). Check out some recent interviews-

Chad Beckerman
- children's book art director

Alvina Ling - children's book editor

Rebecca Sherman
- children's book agent

Becky Birnholz
- designer for Puma

Saturday, June 24, 2006

the making of "Punk Farm"

So back when I relaunched my website last winter, I created a link from the sketchbook section called "The Making of Punk Farm". The thing was, I hadn't created that little bit of the website. I figured I'd get it done in a few weeks. But - I never had the time. Until now.

So to see how Punk Farm went from ideas on a sketchbook (When I didn't even realize it was Punk Farm yet) to the finished book, check it out -

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Monday, June 12, 2006

the 12th of June

June 12th is a significant date for me - because on June 12, 2001, my first book - Good Night, Monkey Boy was published. Which makes today Monkey Boy's (and my publishing career's) 5th anniversary. These past 5 years have flew and I've enjoyed every moment of creating, reading, traveling and everything that has come with this game of publishing. Needless to say there are so many people that have made this possible for me - my family, my friends, everyone at my publisher who has continually backed me up, all of my readers and librarian friends and of course most recently, too - my agents and everyone involved with the DreamWorks project.

And another reason why the 12th is a big number for me - 3 months to the date until My Buddy, Slug is published!!!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

my brother's video

Last fall, I was honored when my younger brother asked if he could do a video on my life and work for his media project. It was the final project for the class and it had to focus on a member of his family. Rich wanted to talk about how I grew to be successful, along with the circumstances of my childhood. He used some outtakes from The Punk Farm Book Tour movie and shot additional video of me painting and us talking at my house. Why he wore a mullet wig, I don't really know. But I'm sure you may be asking yourself, too - why would I own a mullet wig in the first place? I guess both could be answered with a simple - "Why not?" At any rate - here's the video - I think he did a great job putting it together.

Watch it here.