6 Mar

Hi everybody! And welcome!

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My very own talking head!

3 May

Got some time to spare? If so…

Check out my (longish) interview with WETA/Reading Rockets Librarian Extraordinaire, Rachael Walker (who sadly doesn’t show up in the video, otherwise it’d be called Two Talking Heads, I guess) here. (That’s a sentence for Donkey and Yam to struggle with. And I just ended that sentence with a preposition, good gravy!)

I’m fairly lucid. Yeehaw!

Awesome El Deafo video by the coolest kids in California!

26 Apr

Check out this video, made  by 14 students in the Bay Area of California! And here’s the sweet note that went with the video…

Hi Cece! I hope you see this message. I am a middle school special education teacher in the Bay Area of California. Every year our school has a competition called battle of the books. Students read a number of pre selected books and then choose one book, and use Animoto to make a “book trailer” film. The school then holds a screening of the films and the students vote for a viewers choice award and the English department votes on an overall winner. My classroom is made up of 14 students with many differing abilities and strengths. They made their video based on your book, El Deafo. They won the viewers choice award as well as the overall best in school award.
They now get to compete against other middle school students in the district competition. They are very big fans of you and your books. They would absolutely love if you happen to see this and watch their video. Thank you for being such an amazing inspiration!

CONGRATULATIONS to these amazing kids for winning the viewers’ choice award AND the overall best in school award!

Here’s the link—enjoy!

Spring Fever! Plus, where I’m headed…

28 Mar

Where I’m headed? I’m headed to the Land of Inappropriate Comics, if I keep this up!!!

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Where I’m literally headed? Charlottesville, VA and NYC! Come see me, if you’re around…

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Book birthdays, Kyle T. Webster, and the future of illustration!

4 Mar

I’ve got a book birthday coming up.

March 8th, to be exact. The book is Chuck and Woodchuck. I got a box of ’em last week.

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The crazy thing is, Tom has a book birthday on the same day, for his book Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall. We’re gonna have a book party at Imaginations Toy & Furniture Co. (1531 South Main Street in Blacksburg, VA) on that very day, March 8th, at 6:00 pm. It’s gonna be fun.

But this post is actually a big ol’ thank-you note to the amazing Kyle T. Webster.

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All that stuff coming out of Kyle’s head? Created with Kyle’s own brush, BLOT BOT PERFECTO!

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Another good review!

23 Feb

 

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Here’s one of the cover roughs for Chuck and Woodchuck!

Thanks to Susan E. Murray of  School Library Journal for a generous and kind review of Chuck and Woodchuck, out March 8th:

Caroline is excited to show off her grandfather’s ukulele at show and tell. Her classmates have cool stuff to show, too, but no one’s item tops Chuck’s. Chuck brings a…woodchuck to first grade. When the woodchuck turns out to be fun to spend time with, the class begs their teacher to let him stay. Caroline knows that he is always kind and generous to her, but she doesn’t exactly know why. When Caroline loses her cupcake, Woodchuck replaces it with Chuck’s. And it’s Chuck’s hat Woodchuck gives Caroline when she is cold during recess. It turns out that Woodchuck has been doing some friend-matching for Chuck, who is too shy to approach Caroline himself. Bell’s charming cartoon illustrations are humorous and have a retro feel to them. Readers will go back and review the illustrations after catching on to Woodchuck’s plan, and see Chuck hovering nervously at the edge of the page while Woodchuck takes the initiative. The story is told from Caroline’s point of view, and it is pitch-perfect. This will be a fun classroom read-aloud, since it goes through the whole school year. VERDICT Children will be clamoring for their own woodchuck once they read this tale—where did Chuck find his?

Good reviews are always a relief…

16 Feb

I got some good reviews for my upcoming picture book, CHUCK AND WOODCHUCK, out March 8th.

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The cover will look a teeny bit different, as the designer picked a different font for my name, and I gave my one advance copy away to a friend! Otherwise, it should look like this…

This book is kinda nutty, so it’s a relief that the reviewers seemed to “get” it. Thanks to all the reviewers for taking the time to read it, think about it, and write about it. Anyway, here are the reviews, and I hope y’all will check it out!

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One more MoCCA illustration!

9 Feb

It’s been so much fun making these stamp illustrations and sharing them with you. I gotta do more of this…

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A weekend MoCCA post for you!

7 Feb

Hope you are all having a grand weekend!

Here’s another one of those stamp illustrations I’ve done for MoCCA. It’s quite possibly the strongest man in the world! (Other than Artie from Pete & Pete…)

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Friday’s MoCCA illustration!

5 Feb

Another spot for MoCCA!

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Today’s new MoCCA illustration…

4 Feb

Here’s another stamp illustration for the lovely folks at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art way up in New York City!

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