Two weeks ago, I revealed the musical book trailer for Mission Defrostable, the 3rd Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast adventure!
And last week via my newsletter, I announced a …
Massive Preorder Giveaway
- One Grand Prize Winner will receive signed copies of all NINE of my Books!
- 10 Lucky First Prize Winners will get swag packs from all three books in the series!
- EVERYONE who enters will get exclusive signed memorabilia!
How do I enter? (easy as 1-2-3)
- Pre-order MISSION DEFROSTABLE.
- Snap a picture of your receipt.
- Email the picture (and your snail mail address) to:
joshfunkbooks+giveaway [at] gmail [dot] com
*** Bonus: Your entry counts double if you pre-order from
an independent or brick-and-mortar bookstore ***
Wait, what’s the book about?
From the publisher: Brrr! There’s a frost in the fridge—and it’s hardened Pudding Pond and frozen Yogurt Falls. Agent Asparagus is on the case, and she begs Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast to join her superspy team. But when the enemy snatches Asparagus, Pancake and French Toast have only one man to turn to for help: the evil Baron von Waffle! Will he help them save the fridge . . . or are they doomed to become frozen food? Our favorite breakfast food friends are back and all bready for their next chilling adventure!
Are you heading to ALA’s Annual Summer Conference in New Orleans this week? So am I! Here’s where I’ll be – come and say hello!
- Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00-10:00am: How to Code a Sandcastle Signing at Penguin Booth #2410, American Library Association Annual Summer Conference, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, USA
- Saturday, June 23rd from 11:30am-12:30pm: Albie Newton Signing at Sterling Booth #3536, American Library Association Annual Summer Conference, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA, USA
- Saturday, June 23rd at 3:00pm: Picture Book Storytime *with Camille Andros, Lita Judge, Baptiste Paul, and Miranda Paul* at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street, New Orleans, LA, USA
Three for You
1. Adventures to School: Real Life Journeys of Students from Around the World written by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul & illustrated by Isabel Muñoz.
2. Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished written by Camille Andros & illustrated by Brianne Farley
3. Hoot and Peep written and illustrated by Lita Judge
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!
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!
- Saturday, May 5th from 10:00am to 3:00pm: Hudson Children’s Book Festival, Hudson Jr/Sr High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY, USA
- Saturday, May 12th at 11:00am: Albie Newton Book Launch at The Blue Bunny Books & Toys, 577 High Street, Dedham, MA, USA
- Saturday, May 19th at 11:30am: How to Code a Sandcastle Book Launch at Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road. Newton Centre, MA, USA
Two for You
1. The Breaking News written & illustrated by Sarah Lynne Reul
2. Alfie written & illustrated by Thyra Heder
In the past week, I received some fun mail! First came Advanced Reader Editions* of Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude (illustrated by Stevie Lewis, published by Henry Holt / Macmillan, available on 8.28.18).
I’m giving away five copies on Twitter (Retweet or Quote Tweet the above by Monday, 2.19 to enter). See more about Lost in the Library in my last post here.
(Wanna know a secret? You can even see some of the incredible interior art at Macmillan’s site here! Shh! Don’t tell anyone!)
Then, came my first final copy of Albie Newton (illustrated by Ester Garay, published by Sterling, available 5.1.18):
I’m so excited to share this book! Albie Newton is a creative whiz. On his first day of school, he attempts to make friends – but he doesn’t necessarily understand the other children’s social cues and ends up causing lots of problems without realizing it.
It’s my sincere hope that this book acts as a mirror and window for many children and classrooms who need it.
All four of my 2018 picture book releases – including How to Code a Sandcastle and the third installment of the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, Mission Defrostable (cover coming soon) – are now available for pre-order. I can’t wait to share them all with you!
- Saturday, March 10 at 11:00am: Pancake Storytime at the Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot St, Natick, MA, USA
- Saturday, March 10 at 2:00pm: Storytime at the Medford Public Library, 111 High Street, Medford, MA, USA
- Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22: 2018 New England Regional SCBWI Conference at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place, One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA, USA
- Thursday, April 26 at 6:00pm: Fairy Tale Festival at Barnes & Noble Nashua, 235 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH, USA
Two for You
1. Bear and Chicken written & illustrated by Jannie Ho
2. Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong’s Life in Jazz written by Mara Rockliff & illustrated by Michele Wood
*Advanced Reader Editions (or ARE’s) are Macmillans’ advanced copies of books. Most publishers create F&G’s (which stands for Folded & Gathered) when creating advanced copies of picture books – which do not have staples. Because Macmillan uses staples, they are more than just ‘folded and gathered’ – requiring a different name. But for all intents and purposes they serve the same function.
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.
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.
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.
- Saturday, June 17 at 11am: Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main Street, Concord, NH, US
- Saturday, June 24 at 11:30am: Barnes & Noble, Warwick Center, 1350 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, RI, US
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
2. 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story written by Tara Lazar & illustrated by Ross MacDonald
The fine folks at Sterling Publishing have outdone themselves once again and put together an awesome activity kit for The Case of the Stinky Stench! While the book isn’t out until May 2 … you can download the *Free* Printable Activity Kit RIGHT NOW (by clicking right HERE)!
Contents of the kit include:
- Word Search
- Coloring Activity
- Connect the Dots
- Rhyme Time
- … and of course, the all-important Answer Key
Don’t miss the activity kits (and other fun stuff) for all of my books on the “Stuff for Kids” section of my website here.
And of course, you can pre-order The Case of the Stinky Stench wherever books are sold – and if you do, let me know and I’ll send you some free swag (see here for more info).
- Saturday, 4/15 at 2-4pm: April Showers with 9 other Local Authors (M.P. Barker, Sarah Brannen, Joan Duris, Ruth Horowitz, Deborah Kops, Heather Lang, Cheryl Lawton Malone, Anna Staniszewski, Jean Taft) at An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Café, 111 South Street, Plainville, MA, USA
- Saturday, 4/29 at 3pm: Stinky Stench Pre-Launch Storytime at the Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, USA
Two for You
(two books I recommend you read)
1. Cy Makes a Friend written by Anne Marie Stephens & Tracy Subisak
2. Martina & Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports written by Phil Bildner & illustrated by Brett Helquist
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.
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).
- 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
2. A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy written & illustrated by Jana Christy & John Seven