Mission: Defrostable

I honestly don’t know how I got here.

In 5 days, my 5th book hits shelves – It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk.

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Earlier this week, we announced a follow-up called It’s Not Hansel & Gretel, due in 2019.

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And today I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to announce a third book in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series.

Mission: Defrostable

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Here’s the official announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:

Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 8.50.58 AM.pngIt’s been a wild couple years. Thanks for all of the support. I can’t wait to share these books with you.

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Dogosaurus Rex written by Anna Staniszewski & illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

2. Hamsters Don’t Fight Fires! written by Andrew Root and illustrated by Jessica Olien

* Special thanks to Sterling for the adorable teaser image of MISSION: DEFROSTABLE!

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Exclusive It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk Giveaway

In two weeks (on September 19th), my fifth book, It’s Not Jack in the Beanstalk will be released. To celebrate, I’m sending Exclusive Signed “Collector’s Card” Postcards to anyone* that pre-orders or orders** the book for themselves or their school/classroom/library/dentist-waiting-room/etc by October 1, 2017!

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Wait, what is this book even about? Here’s what the publisher has to say:

Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade his beloved cow Bessie for some magic beans, throw the beans out the window, climb the ENORMOUS beanstalk that sprouts overnight, and steal from a GIANT, he decides this fairy tale is getting out of control. In fact, he doesn’t want to follow the story line at all. Who says Jack needs to enter a life of daring, thievery, and giant trickery? He takes his story into his own hands—and you’ll never guess what happens next!

With laugh-out-loud dialogue and bold, playful art (including hidden fairy tale creatures for kids to find), this Jack and the Beanstalk retelling will have children rolling with laughter till Bessie the cow comes home.

Now that you’re convinced, links to order are here:

Indiebound   B&N   Amazon   BAM!   Book Depository   Indigo/Chapters

Simply tell me where to mail the postcard once you’ve ordered your copy***. Please use this online google form (or the one embedded below). I promise I won’t share your address with anyone. Period.

* Open to US and CAN mailing addresses only.

** We’re using the #KidLit Honor System. Please don’t abuse.

*** If you already ordered it days/weeks/months ago, I’d be happy to send you a postcard. You don’t need to order another to be eligible (but you’ll probably want to).

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. What Makes a Monster? written by Jess Keating & illustrated by David DeGrand

2. Boo Who? written and illustrated by Ben Clanton

#pb10for10: Fairy Tales

Educators Mandy Robek & Cathy Mere have been running the #pb10for10 event for several years now. What’s #pb10for10? Well, you pick 10 picture books you simply can’t live without and share today, August 10th, with the hashtag #pb10for10 (see the official rules here). Share your own and check out all the others in the #pb10for10 Google Community.

pb 10 for 10 015I participated the last two years and loved it each time. My themes were Rhyming Picture Books in 2015 and Pirates, Dinosaurs, & Dragons in 2016 (you don’t need a theme, but sometimes it helps narrow down your choices when there are TONS of amazing picture books, it’s hard to narrow it down).

This year, I’m sharing my favorite Fairy Tale Picture Books because my next book, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, comes out in just a few weeks – on 9.19.17:

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One note: I limited my choices to only one retelling per story. Without further ado, here are my ten.

1. Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar & Troy Cummings

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2. The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

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3. Snoring Beauty by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & Jane Manning

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4. Señorita Gordita by Helen Ketteman & Will Terry

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5. Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer & Josée Masse

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6. An Undone Fairy Tale by Ian Lendler & Whitney Martin

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7. The Three Cabritos by Eric A. Kimmel & Stephen Gilpin

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8. Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Rebecca J. Gomez, & Dan Santat

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9. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood & Meg Hunt

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10. Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl & Arthur Howard

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Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s favorite picture books, comment, and share in the #pb10for10 Google Community!

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Huge News! I Sold a Book! You Can Learn How to CODE a Sandcastle!

I’ve got incredible news to share! I sold a book called How To Code a Sandcastle to Viking/Penguin! Just announced via Publisher’s Weekly:

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“As part of Penguin’s partnership with Girls Who Code, Kendra Levin and Leila Sales at Viking have bought Josh Funk’s picture book, HOW TO CODE A SANDCASTLE, about a young girl and her trusty robot who use fundamental coding concepts to construct the perfect beach day, a fun, quirky story that brings coding to life, in a two-book deal, to be illustrated by Sara Palacios. Publication is set for Summer 2018.”

Yes! This is a Picture Book AND it’s about coding – sequences, loops, conditionals, etc!

I am thrilled on so many levels to share this book!

  1. Have you heard of Girls Who CodeGWC-logo_2016-white-on-navy[1]Girls Who Code was founded by Reshma Saujani with the mission to close the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code has grown to over 40,000 girls in all 50 states through their coding clubs and programs. I couldn’t be more excited to join in Penguin’s Girl Who Code partnership! Check out the awesome books they have coming starting on August 22nd, 2017

    and more going forward.

  2. I get to reunite with my editor and publisher of Dear Dragon at Viking/Penguin! Everyone over at Viking/Penguin – editorial, art and design, marketing, publicity, sales, and especially School & Library Marketing – were fantastic to work with! I can’t wait to team up with all of them again!DearDragon_cover
  3. Sara Palacios’s illustrations are amazing! Check out her art here, all of her books here, definitely follow her on Instagram here, and she’s even got a book coming out with Young People’s Poet Laureate Margarite Engle(!!!) called The Flying Girl: How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar in March 2018!9781481445023_84b6e[1]I feel incredibly fortunate that Viking/Penguin paired us together on this project!
  4. We certainly hope to make this a series! It’s my first two-book deal (which is awesome in itself) and I’m working on the follow-up right now!
  5. If you didn’t know, I spend my days coding (I’m a software engineer by trade), so I’m thrilled to be combining my two areas of interest by bringing coding to the world of Children’s Literature.

I’ll stop there for now, as I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot about this book going forward – it’s only a YEAR away from release!

And as always, thanks, Kat, for making this happen!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Can An Aardvark Bark? written by Melissa Stewart & illustrated by Steve Jenkins

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2. Martí’s Song for Freedom/ Martí y sus versos por la libertad written by Emma Otheguy & illustrated by Beatriz Vidal

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It’s Not a Stinky Giveaway

Yesterday I had that “Back to the Future” moment for the fifth time. I received a package containing a final copy of my next book, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk.

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If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
However, my silly editor mistakenly sent me TWO copies. While one of them was probably supposed to go to the book’s extraordinary illustrator, Edwardian Taylor, I’ve decided to give it away to one lucky reader!

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But that’s not all! I’m also going to sign and personalize it for you!

But that’s still not all! I’m also going to give away a signed and personalized copy of my most recent book, The Case of the Stinky Stench!

So how can you win this giveaway? Well, lucky you – you have SEVEN chances to enter!

  1. Tweet about the giveaway and tag me at the end of your tweet @joshfunkbooks – double entries if you share book cover images!
  2. Share this post on Facebook!
  3. Comment on THIS blog post below.
  4. Sign up for my mailing list here.
  5. Mark It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk ‘Want to Read‘ on goodreads.
  6. Review The Case of the Stinky Stench on goodreads.
  7. Review The Case of the Stinky Stench on Amazon.

(Note – if you’ve previously done any of the last four above, that counts as an entry!)

Good luck! Enter by July 31st at 11:59pm eastern and I’ll pick a winner in August!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Claymates written by Dev Petty & illustrated by Lauren Eldridge

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2. The Teacher’s Pet written by Anica Mrose Rissi & illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

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Two New Book Announcements

I’ve been relatively absent from the blog over the last few months – for all good reasons* – but during that time I announced two new books that will be arriving on shelves in 2018!

The first is called Albie Newton, about a boy genius who can paint like Van Gogh and find a cure for cooties. But when his latest masterpiece wreaks havoc on the first day of school, his greatest experiment yet is learning to make new friends. Ester Garay is illustrating – and let me tell you, her illustrations are so adorable you’ll melt. Albie Newton will be published by Sterling Children’s in the spring of 2018.

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The second announcement is for Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude about the two lions who faithfully guard the New York Public Library. When Patience goes missing, Fortitude realizes the secret to Patience’s disappearance may be within the Library itself. Stevie Lewis is illustrating – and I haven’t seen anything yet, but I *love* her art! This is the first picture book that Macmillan & Henry Holt plan to publish in partnership with the New York Public Library, scheduled for publication in 2018.

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Neither book is available for pre-order yet, but both books are on goodreads if you’d like to mark them ‘Want to Read’ (which is always helpful). You can do so here for Albie Newton and here for Lost in the Library.

Side note about Lost in the Library – I didn’t actually come up with this idea – it was proposed by Macmillan and the NYPL (the project is their Intellectual Property or ‘IP’). My agent, Kathleen Rushall, asked if I was interested in submitting a sample for consideration and eventually I was awarded this awesome opportunity. So congrats to you, Kathleen – on both of these deals. And thank you!

* My blogging absence is due entirely for good reasons – I was busy planning and coordinating the New England SCBWI Conference, followed by a two week promotional book tour for my newest picture book, The Case of the Stinky Stench, followed by several weeks of trying to catch up on everything I’d missed because of the former two items.

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist written by Jess Keating & illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguens

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2. 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story written by Tara Lazar & illustrated by Ross MacDonald

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The Stinky Stench Is Available Now! (sort of)

If you head to your local bookstore, there’s a good chance you’ll smell see something new: THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH!

This photo was taken at The Concord Bookshop (in Concord, Massachusetts).

And this was at Gibson’s Bookstore (in Concord, New Hampshire):

(Photo Credit: Kari Allen)

While the official release date of The Case of the Stinky Stench isn’t until May 2nd, it appears that you can pick up your copy now! (at least if your local bookstore is in a town called “Concord”)

[side note: I’ve also received word that certain online retailers are also sending copies early]

So, clean out your fridges, everyone! The Stinky Stench has arrived!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Happy Dreamer written & illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

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2. Vampirina at the Beach written by Anne Marie Pace & illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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