New Releases


This easy reader from Candlewick Press comes out in September of 2012!

What’s it about? Four things on a list of things to do, three pizza toppings, two friends, one crazy night!

Here’s a sneak peek…

It’s gonna be a fun one, I think!

Then, coming in Spring of 2013, from Clarion Books (a division of Harcourt Houghton Mifflin), we have…

BUG PATROL, a picture book by Denise Dowling Mortensen. It’s the first picture book I’ve illustrated that was written by somebody else.

What’s it about? Captain Bob is the bug policeman on patrol, reprimanding bugs of all sorts for various crimes and misdemeanors. Hopefully the illustrations will match up to Ms Mortensen’s very fine rhymes.

Here’s a sneak peek…

...not the greatest scan, but you get the idea. That's Bob!

And finally, CRANKEE DOODLETom Angleberger and I activated our Wonder Twin powers and came up with this book, also from Clarion Books. It comes out in Spring 2013, and asks the following question: What if Yankee Doodle really, really didn’t want to go to town? Sources say that I look just like the pony in the book:

As for Crankee himself, you’ll have to wait a bit to see what he looks like.

AND… I’ve got one other book project that I’m currently working on that might kill me. If it doesn’t kill me, it’s gonna be pretty good stuff!

26 Responses to “New Releases”

  1. onesockonphotography June 13, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    You have some serious fans up here near DC. I think I have read “Jerry Bee” every night this week. They know the real title but it is as if they know him. :) We own every book you have ever written but one.

    • Cece Bell June 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

      Wowza wow wow, what a nice note! Thank you so much, onesockon! Which is the one book you don’t have? Thanks again for writing.

  2. onesockonphotography June 19, 2012 at 1:49 am #

    Food friends… Are you all still in VA? Do you ever come up to do readings at school? If yes, I would love to coordinate something.

  3. Kirby Larson September 11, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    Happy book birthday tomorrow, Cece! (Or maybe it’s already today where you guys are). Can’t wait to read it!


    • Cece Bell September 11, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      Thank you VERY much, Kirby! I’ll have a little something about it today. It was a surprise to me! Thought it wasn’t til the 25th that the book would come out. Crazy! Anyway, thanks so much for your kind words!

      • Ms. Leslie September 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

        Bee Wigged is my very favorite children’s book of all time. I read it to my preschool class of busy bees at BUMP on the first and last day of school to remind them that the most important thing we learn is to bee kind. I love all of your books and can’t wait to read the new ones. You inspire me! Love and Laughter, Leslie

      • Cece Bell September 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

        Thanks so much, Ms Leslie! I’m so glad that Bee-Wigged is still making the rounds at BUMP. Best to you!

  4. Diane Brillheart at Snowville Elementary September 25, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    Cece, I loved reading the article about you and Tom in the Roanoke Times today! I want to promote your book launch party with my library classes this week. Hope it’s OK to copy your invitation!? It’s so cute, and so much better than anything I’d put together. (I’d love to attend the party myself, but I’ve already committed to see Giovanni and Raschka at the Lyric that afternoon.) Looking forward to the new books!

    • Cece Bell September 25, 2012 at 2:27 am #

      Yes, more than ok to copy the invitation! And rats! Giovanni and Raschka got to ya before I could! But they are amazing. I bet that will be a great show. Thanks so much for your support!

  5. Grace October 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    In Jackson Hole, WY, “Itty Bitty” has been one of our most popular readalouds for years. Any chance we’ll see more Itty Bitty books one of these days? The kids would gobble them up!

    • Cece Bell October 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      Wishing I could say yes to another Itty Bitty…but I DO have lots of new projects headed your way soon! You never know, though. That little dog could have lots of big adventures, for sure. Thanks so much for writing!

  6. Charlie Woods October 26, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    My 4 year old loves funny books about robots, so Rabbit and Robot was a big hit at bedtime for us! Thanks for such a funny book. We would love to see them in another adventure.

    • Cece Bell February 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

      So glad your 4-year-old likes the book! He/she is probably in high school now, it’s taken me so long to get back to you. Perhaps another adventure will be available when said 4-year-old is actually in college! But I very much want there to be another one…

  7. darth April 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    dear cece,
    I am a huge fan of you and your husband!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love both origami yoda and crankee doodle!!!!! are there actually pony hats or is the picture just a prototype? your han and chewie are stooky!!!!!!!!!!!! who is your favorite star wars character? please reply.

    p.s. are you going to make a crankee doodle SEQUAL?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    p.p.s. sfTANNER is my name.

    p.p.p.s. say hi to tom for me!

    • Cece Bell April 6, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks for the positive energy, sfTANNER! I made the pony hat, and as far as I know, it’s the only one. Glad you like Chewie and Han. My favorite Star Wars character is probably C3-PO. Tom says hi back! Thanks again for writing!

  8. Vangi November 6, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Just read Cranky Doodle with my daughter…that was hilarious!!! We will be checking out your other books.

    • Cece Bell November 10, 2014 at 1:28 am #

      Thanks so much for reading that one, and for checking out my other books! So much appreciated. Hope you have a great week!

  9. starwarsfolder12 November 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    Dear Cece,
    My name is Starwarsfolder12. (Not really. It’s my WordPress name.)
    El Deafo was a really good book. It relates to myself in many ways. I was born deaf, and I am in the middle of Mild and Severe. I can still hear, but faintly. So I have hearing aids as well. I hope you make a sequel to it. Maybe one related to bullying? I came up with this idea:

    El Deafo 2: The Profounder Strikes!

    When Cece is followed home by a mysterious man, she wonders if that man is… A SUPERVILLIAN! When the man moves in next door, Cece is worried! What if this man plans to make EVERYONE ON THE WORLD…deaf! Cece thinks it’ll be ok, since everyone will be like her…but then she realizes she doesn’t want that! Is this man a friend? Or is there more to him than meets the eye? Find out in El Deafo 2: The Profounder Strikes!

    Ya like it? Maybe it could come in handy.

    • Cece Bell November 13, 2014 at 2:40 am #

      Great to meet you, Starwarsfolder12! And that’s a great idea for a sequel. I hope YOU aren’t bullied about your hearing. I’ll tuck your idea away in an ideas file…you never know! Thanks so much for reading the book and for your note!

      • starwarsfolder12 November 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

        You’re welcome! And tell Tom I say “Hi!”. I know him from a event in Toronto. As for the bullying, no, I am not! :)

  10. Beth Sardinha December 20, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    I’m just writing to tell you how much my daughter LOVES ElDeafo. She loves books with thought and word bubbles and this is her favorite right now. She reads it over and over. Great book!

    • Cece Bell January 1, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

      Thank you so much for writing, Beth! I am really pleased to hear that your daughter is enjoying the book so much. I hope your holidays were merry and bright. Have a great 2015!

  11. Mrs. Hooper January 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

    We love Rabbit and Robot here at our school library! We want to know if there will be another Rabbit and Robot book coming out!
    Thanks, 1st graders at Sacred Heart School, Bellevue, WA

  12. Delancey Stewart March 11, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    My children love Rabbit and Robot. They are constantly using robot voices to say things like “I have some data you may find interesting,” and “Observe your reflection.” They have been tormenting our librarian for the sequel, and don’t believe her when she tells them there isn’t one. Might they soon be proven right?

    • Cece Bell March 14, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      There IS going to be another R&R!!! I’m working on it right now! So glad your kids enjoy the book…that’s awesome.

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