Mission Defrostable!

Mission Defrostable, the 3rd book in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, has a cover!!! I’m so excited about this book! It’s the best one  yet!

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Check out the full cover reveal over at Margie Myers-Culver’s website, including a short interview with the author (that’s me).

Mission Defrostable, illustrated brilliantly once again by Brendan Kearney, and published by Sterling Children’s will be served on 9.4.18 – but you can put your order in for it right now at every bookseller everywhere!

                              

Where I’ll Be Next

 

Two for You

1. The Breaking News written & illustrated by Sarah Lynne Reul

 

2. Alfie written & illustrated by Thyra Heder

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.

Where I’ll Be Next

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!

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)

I’m so excited for this book! A few weeks back I did a live cover reveal on KidlitTV of the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast sequel: THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH.

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)

Watch the live cover reveal on KidlitTV here (along with me reading Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast aloud to a live audience at Books of Wonder in NYC).

And it’s now available for Pre-Order Everywhere!

        

Description from the publisher: There’s a stinky stench in the fridge–and our favorite foodie friends must solve a smelly mystery! Sir French Toast’s nephew, Inspector Croissant, begs him and Lady Pancake for help in finding the source of the foul odor. Could it be the devious Baron von Waffle? A fetid fish lurking in the bottom of Corn Chowder Lake? Featuring the same delectable wordplay and delicious art that won critical raves for Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast–this fun follow-up is an absolutely tasty treat for kids and adults alike!

Note from Josh: I think this follow-up is even better than the first.

As with all of my books, you can pre-order signed and personalized copies from my local indie, the Concord Bookshop (it’s best to call them directly at 978.369.2405).


Where I’ll Be Next

  • 10/22, 11:00am: Wellesley Books (Wellesley, MA, USA)
  • 10/26, 7:00pm: Concord Public Library (Concord, MA, USA)
  • 11/1, 11:00am: Barnes & Noble Plaza Venezia (Orlando, FL, USA)
  • 11/5, 2:30pm: nErDcampLI (Jericho, NY, USA)
  • 11/11, 6:00pm: Barnes & Noble Framingham (Framingham, MA, USA)
  • 11/12, 2:00pm: Books-A-Million South Portland (South Portland, ME, USA)
  • 11/18, 7:00pm: Barnes & Noble Nashua (Nashua, NH, USA)
  • 11/19, 11:00am: Newtonville Books (Newton, MA, USA)
  • 12/3, 11:00am: The Writers’ Loft Holiday Bazaar at An Unlikely Story (Plainville, MA, USA)
  • 12/4, 1:00pm: The Concord Museum Family Tree Celebration (Concord, MA, USA)
  • 12/10: Boston College Winter Wonderland (Boston, MA, USA)
  • 1/7, 2:00pm: BookEnds (Winchester, MA, USA)

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Austin, Lost in America written & illustrated by Jef Czekaj

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2. A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy written & illustrated by Jana Christy & John Seven

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It’s been kind of a big day…

First, this picture book sale posted Publisher’s Marketplace:

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In case you didn’t read the fine print, it says: “Josh Funk’s LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST: The Case of the Stinky Stench, following leftover breakfast treats as they join forces to discover the source of a most odorous culprit in the refrigerator, illustrated by Brendan Kearney, to Zaneta Jung at Sterling Children’s, by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (while she was at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency) for the author and Hannah Whitty at Plum Pudding Illustration for the illustrator (World).”

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I’m so excited about this book! I’m thrilled to be re-entering the fridge with these characters! And I can’t wait to share it with you! I’ve seen Brendan Kearney’s ingenious sketches – they’re hilarious! I think it’s gonna be better than the first! Huge thanks to my agent, Kathleen Rushall for making this happen!

Second, I got a couple packages in the mail.

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Um, yeah. It’s gonna be tough to beat June 29, 2016. (but I’ll try)

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Your Alien written by  Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Goro Fujita

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2. Mind Your Monsters written by Catherine Bailey and illustrated by Oriol Vidal
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Rhyming Picture Book Revolution: Best in Rhyme Award

19 awesome rhyming picture books (and Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast) were recently nominated for the first annual Best in Rhyme Award. This award will be presented at Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Picture Book Revolution Conference.

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It’s such an honor to be listed with these 19 other fantastic books:

  • Circus Train written by Jennifer Cole Judd & illustrated by Melanie Matthews
  • City Kitty Cat written by Steve Webb & illustrated by Magali Le Huche
  • Duddle Puck written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Marcellus Hall
  • Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) written & illustrated by Josh Schneider
  • Interstellar Cinderella written by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by Meg Hunt
  • It’s Only Stanley written & illustrated by Jon Agee
  • Jampires written & illustrated by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell
  • Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast written by Josh Funk & illustrated by Brendan Kearney
  • Monkey and Duck Quack Up written by Jennifer Hamburg & illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham
  • Monster Needs Your Vote written by Paul Czajak & illustrated by Wendy Grieb
  • Monster Trouble! written by Lane Fredrickson & illustrated by Michael Robertson
  • Outer Space Bedtime Race written by Rob Sanders & illustrated by Brian Won
  • Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime written by Marcie Wessels & illustrated by Tim Bowers
  • Smick! written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Juana Medina
  • Snoozefest written by Samantha Berger & illustrated by Kristyna Litten
  • Spots in a Box written & illustrated by Helen Ward
  • Stick and Stone written by Beth Ferry & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight written by Penny Parker Klostermann & illustrated by Ben Mantle
  • What About Moose? written by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez & illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi
  • Sharing The Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story written by Pat Zietlow Miller & illustrated by Jill McElmurry

What is Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Picture Book (or RPB) Revolution Conference? It’s a conference dedicated entirely to writing rhyming picture books. Faculty include all-star rhyming authors Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Lori Degman, Karma Wilson, Corey Rosen-Schwartz, and the Kidlit TV-ers! More info on the conference and registration can be found at Angie Karcher’s RPB Revolution website here.

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And as I do with every blog post, here are two recommendations for you (in addition to the 19 up above):

Two for You

1. Under a Pig Tree: A History of the Noble Fruit (A Mixed Up Book) written by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Chuck Groenink

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My new favorite book. So clever and meta and funny!

2. Ally-Saurus & the First Day of School written and illustrated by Richard Torrey

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Very cool layered first day of school imagination book! The illustrations add a ton to the story.

Featured Interview in Huffington Post

I was interviewed by The Book Doctors in the Huffington Post today in an article entitled “Josh Funk on the War Between Pancakes & French Toast, SCBWI & Getting Published” – it’s probably the most in depth interview I’ve done to date, with some seriously awesome questions, such as:

  • How did you go about getting a book contract not only for Lady Pancake, but also for your next two books which are coming out?
  • Hasn’t anyone told you that rhyming books don’t sell? How did you overcome this ridiculous idea, and why do you think people keep saying that?
  • What are some of the most horrifying things about being a professional author?
  • How has being a member of SCBWI helped you in your career and as a person?
  • Why in the name of all that’s good and holy would you choose to get into the publishing business? Have you had your head examined recently? Been checked for brain parasites?
  • How do you keep it so funky?
  • and more …

And I got to share the #TeamKrush logo designed by Jessie Devine.

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Check out the entire interview here.

Two for You

(two books I highly recommend)

1. Backhoe Joe written by Lori Alexander and illustrated by Craig Cameron

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Want a backhoe for a pet? Of course you do!

2. There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie written by Rebecca Colby and illustrated by Kate McLelland

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A Scottish twist on this much-loved rhyme!

My First Podcast Interview: Let’s Get Busy with Matthew Winner

Just a quick note today: if you’ve never listened to the Let’s Get Busy Podcast with Matthew Winner, you certainly should. And today you have TWO reasons … because I am the featured guest on Episode #193 talking about Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast!

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In this interview I:

I highly recommend you subscribe to the Let’s Get Busy Podcast if you haven’t already. Matthew Winner has so many amazing interviews with fabulous guests in the previous 192 episodes (and many more lined up to come!). And certainly check out his new home for the podcast – All the Wonders, a home for readers to discover new books and to experience the stories they love in wondrous ways.

Also, I decided today to start a new tradition. Because so many of my blog posts are about me, I’d like to share two favorite books by others at the end of every post from this day forward. I’ve decided to very creatively call this:

Two for You

(two books I highly recommend)

1. Boats for Papa written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley

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I love everything about this book. Get the tissues ready, cause it made me start crying in the middle of a bookstore.

2. Snoozefest written by Samantha Berger and illustrated by Kristyna Litten

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Great rhymes and illustrations, and starring a sloth.