Thursday, April 30, 2009

Slander! Slander and Lies!

I was recently made aware of this video made by three Gorg, who claim that I misrepresent their alien society in my book The True Meaning of Smekday.
Friends and neighbors, I call them as I see them. But watch the video and decide for yourself.

Give it up for students Jordan, Atia, Shafin, and Giovanni, and to librarian Kevin. It doesn't get any better than this.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Walkpstalk! Walkpstalk!

The Z-kids over at Bookie Woogie just reviewed my book, Pssst!, and I couldn't be happier. And they drew pictures! Go check it out here.

Te gusta la comida, ¿no?

I've just learned that my book Frankenstein Takes the Cake has finally come out in a spanish-language edition–my first book to be reprinted in any language other than english. You can check out the catalog listing for Frankenstein se Hace un Sándwich at the Océano website. And for those who can't read spanish, I've had my laptop's language widget translate the catalog entry:
Frankenstein is hungry but no of its neighbors wants to share with him the food and to only they throw rotten foods him. What they ignore is that what for some is stinking sweepings, for others is a delight. The ghost of the Opera is sorry the fact that it cannot compose nothing because it has stuck a song. The creature of the Black Lagoon does not pay attention to the advice to her mother and room to swim too much soon after eating, reason why she sinks in the water for always. Conde Drácula walks for all sides with a spinach obstructed in his eyeteeth because nobody dares to warn to him…

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hey! Go Read My Interview.

The blog The Miss Rumphius Effect today features an interview with me about my poetry writing process, such as it is. Please go have a look HERE.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hey! Go Read My Poem.

There's a brand new poem of mine you've never seen before at the GottaBook blog today, part of the Thirty Poets / Thirty Days event. If you have a moment, check it out and let them know what you think.


Many schools hold their own mock Caldecott competitions in which each student, or each class, or the school as a whole chooses their favorite picture book of the previous year. I've been the recipient of a few in the past, but rarely any as great as these:

Jaron, Mamie, and Troy of Central Avenue School in Madison, New Jersey, drew and sent me these CAS-a-cott medals for my book, Frankenstein Takes the Cake.  Click the image to see them larger.
Thanks, guys!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Idiot Box Show is up

The Idiot Box show has opened at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, featuring my Small Wonder painting, shown at right, as well as dozens of other works of art inspired by television nostalgia.  You can see all the work in the show by clicking this sentence.  Not this sentence, the last sentence.  No,'s probably a different color–look for that.  Here, let me do it, you're screwing it up.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Unused Sketch #3

When I posted Unused Sketch #1 a while back I mentioned that it was from a tricky picture book project that ended up generating a lot of material we didn't use. Believe it or not, this sketch is also in that category:

I've been calling it "Alexander Hamilton Makes a Federal Deposit."

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Show at Redcap's Corner

Do you like pictures that look like this? Would you like to see them up close, in person? Do you live in the Philadelphia area?
This Saturday, the 4th, at 6pm, I have a show of fantasy art opening at Redcap's Corner in West Philly. At least a dozen of my paintings will be on the walls, for sale to the economically stimulated or simply available for closer scrutiny to the curious. For that matter I will also be there and available for closer scrutiny. I'll have to remember to shave.

Recap's Corner–4040 Locust Street, Philadelphia. See you there!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Thirty Poets/Thirty Days, and more.

April Fool's Day kicks off the completely-real-and-not-a-joke National Poetry Month, and fans of poetry for kids have two daily ways to celebrate.

First, on the blog GottaBook, we have Thirty Poets/Thirty Days.  Each day of April a renowned children's poet will present a completely new, never-before-seen poem.  the event is kicked off today by none other than Jack Prelutsky.  Other poets include Jon Scieszka, Nikki Grimes, Jane Yolen, Douglas Florian, and Linda Sue Park.  And me at some point, though I won't know when my poem is scheduled to appear until shortly before it does.

And over at The Miss Rumphius Effect we have Poetry Makers, a month's worth of conversations with kid's poets about what they do.  It starts today with an interview with Kenn Nesbitt.  There'll be an interview with me some time next week–I'll link to it when it happens.