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Another good review!

23 Feb



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.


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…


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…)


Friday’s MoCCA illustration!

5 Feb

Another spot for MoCCA!


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!


Another spot illustration for MoCCA

3 Feb

Here’s another spot illustration for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art!

CeceBellMoCCA.02RGBTune in tomorrow for more!

Illustrations for MoCCA!

2 Feb

I get to visit the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) during its Arts Festival (April 2nd and 3rd, 2016) as a special guest. Gracious.

The icing on the cake is that MoCCA/Society of Illustrators asked me to create a few spot illustrations for the museum for PR and merchandising and stuff. I thought I’d share these with you…maybe dole ’em out, one a day. Like vitamins! There are six, so almost a week’s worth!

They’re kinda experimental for me. I’ve been playing around with homemade rubber stamps and thought this assignment would be the perfect opportunity for me to actually put my stamping to good use. So, without further ado, here’s the first one!


HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY to FirstSecond Books

2 Feb

YEAH! :01 is AWESOME. I mean, come ON!

So many amazing comics in just ten short years. CONGRATS!!!


Book signing for COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH this Saturday!

25 Jan


Hey Everybody! Are you hungry for some LUNCH?

I’ll be at Imaginations Toy & Furniture Company at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, January 30th, to talk about a yummy collection of comics called COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH!

Come on out and join me at one of the coolest shops in Blacksburg! And since Imaginations is right next door to one of the best health food stores around (Annie Kay’s Main Street Market), we’ll also be lunching it up!

(For further event details, please contact Paula Bolte at ((540) 951-8515/

I’ll be reading aloud from my own contribution, a short comic called “CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LUNCH,” and I’ll also be singing the praises of the other crazy-talented contributors, including Lunch Lady’s Jarrett Krosoczka, Baby Mouse’s Matt and Jenni Holm, Odd Duck’s Sara Varon and Cecil Castellucci, Meanwhile’s Jason Shiga, Darth Vader and Son’s Jeffrey Brown, Hazardous Tales’ Nathan Hale, and PEANUTS!

Some of my other books will be available at Imaginations, too. It’s going to be lots of fun.


And to add to that fun, some of the other contributors will be doing their own events on the VERY SAME DAY! Maybe you can’t make it to Blacksburg…so check out these contributors and their locations here:

An Unlikely Story – In-store Event with Jarrett Krosoczka – 1:00 PM
111 South St • Plainville, MA 02762

Once Upon a Time – In-store Event with Jenni Holm and Cecil Castellucci – 2:00 PM
2207 Honolulu Ave • Montrose, CA 91020

A Children’s Place – In-store Event with Matthew Holm – 2:00 PM
1423 NE Fremont St. • Portland, OR 97212

The King’s English – In-store Event with Nathan Hale – 2:00 PM
1511 1500 E • Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Can’t make it to any of these events? Check out the COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH blog tour here, with sneak peeks at all the stories:

Curling Up With A Good Book, Panel from Cecil Castellucci/Sarah Varon

As They Grow Up, Panel from Jarrett Krosoczka

The Reading Nook Reviews, Panel from Cece Bell

Kid Lit Frenzy, Panel from Jason Shiga

Word Spelunking, Panel from Nathan Hale

Mel’s Shelves, Panel from Jennifer L. Holm/Matthew Holm

Imagination Soup, Panel from Jeffrey Brown

Hope to see you Saturday at Imaginations!