Tuesday, April 28, 2009

3 months from today

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute and Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians will both be out three months from today! Stay tuned for exciting excitement . . .

And just yesterday, Publishers Weekly listed LL#1 as a Children's Galleys to Grab in their BookExpo America issue.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Dear Los Angeles

Dear Los Angeles --

I'm a comin' your way! If you live in the city of Angels, then come to the UCLA campus this weekend for the LA Times Festival of Books! On Saturday, I will be taking the Target stage at 12:20 PM and signing books afterward. Also taking the stage on Saturday are David Shannon, Megan McDonald, Robin Preiss Glasser, Anna Dewdney, Eric Carle, Playhouse Disney’s “Choo-Choo Soul”, Yo Gabba Gabba, Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players, Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson!) and Brooke Shields. Pretty nuts, huh? And then there is Sunday where you can catch another stellar line up (Peter Brown, Jon Scieszka, Jenni & Matthew Holm).

Check out the full schedule here.

All in all there will be 450 authors there on all sorts of stages. You can peruse that list here.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Just One More Book stops by Studio JJK part 2

The Just One More Book folk stick around Studio JJK long enough to hear about my upcoming Lunch Lady graphic novel series. Hope you enjoy this sneak preview and behind-the-scenes look at the books.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Independent Film Channel blog shout-out

I referenced my friend's band in Punk Farm on Tour and about a year later he noticed. And now the singer from his band has blogged about it on the Independent Film Channel's Indie Ear blog.

Check it out.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Just One More Book stops by Studio JJK

The Just One More Book folk soldier on in their Rock Stars of Reading tour and stop by Studio JJK. I take out my brushes and paints and put them to work. They call it picture-book-boot-camp.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rock Stars of Reading

The Just One More Book folk continue on their road trip and stop by Jeanne Birdsall's house in the latest Rock Stars of Reading episode. Jane Dyer, David Ezra Stein and I sit down with Jeanne at her table and we discuss the business that we are in and how we got into it in the first place.

You can listen to a thirty minute podcast, of what was a wonderful two hour discussion, here.

Monday, April 06, 2009

you can't keep a good pug down

When we were renovating this old detached garage to be my art studio, we built French doors into it, to get all the natural light possible. Then Ralph came along. And he is very territorial. Someone driving by on a bike? He barks. Squirrel? He barks. A house guest who leaves the house? He barks once he sees them out the window.

So the French doors are covered by Roman shades. But Ralph seems to have made adjustments to them accordingly, in order to bark at the neighborhood cat.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Texas cowboys

On a recent visit to Texas, I was greeted by these doors to the library at Sivells Elementary.

So incredibly cool. The wonderful people of Sivells El also put together cool displays like these:

I should also note that on way to the school, I saw a man riding a horse -- off the highway -- talking on his cell phone. You would think Texas would have a hands-free law!