Thursday, October 29, 2009

Baghead costume

Mrs. Green from Bright Elementary is getting into the spirit of the season by dressing up as Baghead. Looking for a last minute Halloween costume? Have a paper bag and some scissors? I have an idea . . .

Eleanor Davis and Ursula Vernon at the Decatur Book Festival

Graphic novel powers UNITE!

Here I am with Eleanor Davis (The Secret Science Alliance) and Ursula Vernon (Dragonbreath).

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hungry Hungry Scieszka

Here's a cool contest that happened around the Decatur Book Festival--a literary cake contest. Anything that involves cakes already has my heart. But look! It's Tony DiTerlizzi's Kenny and the Dragon!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ralph Macchio in NYC part 4

Ralph and celebrities at the NY Times Great Childrens Read.

with Brobee:

with Choo Choo Soul:

Thursday, October 22, 2009

LL #3 - in stores 2 months from today

On December 22nd, Lunch Lady's third adventure will hit bookshelves everywhere. In Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta, Lunch Lady does battle with an eeeeevil children's book author. Lewis Scribson writes books about a fuzzy, cheery bunny named Flippy. But Mr. Scribson's motives are anything but fuzzy and cheery. What evil plans could this author be drafting? And will Lunch Lady be able to stop him?

Find out two months from today! Here is your official sneak peak:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Borders Radio

I will be interviewed on Borders Radio this Thursday, October 22nd. I will be on live at about 11:30 AM. The show can be found at and in various markets across the country.

Tune in if you can!

ATTN: BOSTON -- events this weekend

This Saturday, I will be in Boston for some Lunch Lady events.

At 10:30 AM I will be in Cambridge, MA at Curious George & Friends.

At 2 PM I will be in Braintree, MA at Borders.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Gaggle of Lunch Ladies

Check out the Knopf Delacorte Dell Books for Young Readers Art Department at the 2008 Random House Children's Books Halloween party.

Apple saucy!

What are you dressing up for this Halloween? If you plan on heading out as everyone's favorite cafeteria crime-fighter, I'd love to see the pics! They can be sent to me via

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ralph Macchio in NYC part 3

Ralph signs books at the NY Times Great Read.

As you can see he has a VIP pass. A Very Important............Pug.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are

Rich Michelson over at the R. Michelson Galleries put out a special call to his artists for this year's Children's Illustration show. He asked us to create a piece of art that paid tribute to a book that was especially influential to us. I, like many, love and adore Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

I had so much fun creating this piece and I hope that you enjoy it. You can view the painting in person, along with my original picture book art and Lunch Lady art, at this year's exhibit, which opens on November 8th.

And in true pinch-me fashion,there will also be original Sendak Wild Things drawings on the walls.

Are you as excited about the Where the Wild Things Are movie as I am?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Vote for Scott Fischer

I don't typically get involved with political issues on this here blog, but we're dealing with cereal boxes, people! My buddy, Scott Fischer, has a new book coming out called Jump -- and it is awesome. It also has a shot of landing in boxes of Cheerios nationwide. The "Spoonful of Stories" program has gone democratic and is giving the power to the people. Jump on over to the below website, scroll to the right and look for the above cover and VOTE!

And if you need more convincing, check out Mr. Fischer's video:

Texas State Fair

We visited the Texas State Fair during our stay in Frisco. Like all of Texas, this state fair is big! The biggest in the country, actually. Every year, the vendors try to outdo each other in the fried food department.

This year's selection was the fried butter. Everyone was talking about it, even Oprah. So we thought, "Why not?" You are all probably wondering, "What does fried butter even taste like?" Well, it's like fried dough except inside-out.

It seemed like a good idea at the time . . .

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Judy Schachner at the Decatur Book Festival

I had a blast hanging out with Judy Schachner of Skippyjon Jones fame in Decatur. Her audence was massive--what a rock star! And she did something that I have never seen before. She drew Skippyjon from BEHIND the easel! Color me impressed!

Judy is a hoot. Just like her work. If you ever see her name on an event near you, don't walk, run! She's awesome.