The Breakfast Club Is Back – with Mission Defrostable

Hey, friends! Last week Mission Defrostable was released!

That’s right, Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast are back and bready for their next adventure! Can they save the fridge before all the food is iced?

Available wherever books are sold!

                         


Hey, librarians & booksellers! If you want one of these Always Stay Hungry for Books Posters for your library or bookshopjust fill out THIS google form and I’ll send one your way!

   

While supplies last.

US only.


To celebrate the release, in the past few weeks Mission Defrostable was named to the Indie Kids’ Next List, I traveled to Texas and met my cardboard-self, encountered a giant lighted sign with my head on it at a conference in Florida, signed all the books in the Concord Bookshop, and also visited the NYPL to celebrate the launch of my other fall release, Lost in the Library.


Where I’ll Be Next

Josh Funk Mission Defrostable Fall 2018 Tour

Two for You

1. The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful written by Nancy Tupper Ling & illustrated by & Andrea Offerman
2. The Spy Who Played Baseball written by Carrie Jones & illustrated by Gary Cherrington

My Small Business Saturday Adventure

It’s gift-giving season again! Two years ago I spent Small Business Saturday visiting as many independent bookstores as I and my minions could handle. In 2015, we made it to 9  (see the post here).

This year, we made it to 14 independent bookstores! We traveled 75 miles from door to door between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

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I’m not sure if this means anything, but the trajectory we took sort of looks like a human head, maybe wearing an oddly shaped jester’s cap? Hey, Debbie Ohi, any thoughts?

*** UPDATE ***

Within minutes of tweeting to Debbie Ohi, she came up with this brilliant image:

*** END OF UPDATE ***

We made purchases at each of the stores below (in order):

  1. The Concord Bookshop
  2. Belmont Books
  3. Book Ends
  4. Porter Square Books
  5. Harvard Book Store
  6. The Curious George Store
  7. Trident Booksellers and Cafe
  8. Brookline Booksmith
  9. The Children’s Book Shop
  10. Papercuts J.P.
  11. The Blue Bunny Books & Toys
  12. Wellesley Books
  13. New England Mobile Book Fair
  14. Newtonville Books

Remember two things:

#1: Books make the BEST gifts

#2: Independent bookstores do more than just sell books – they’re essential parts of our community.

 

Where I’ll Be Next

Two for You

1. Barnaby Never Forgets written & illustrated by Pierre Collet-Derby

2. Small written & illustrated by Gina Perry

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!

Where I’ll Be Next

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

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

Happy Dreamer Cover

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

Vampirina at the Beach Cover

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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My Shop Small Adventure

One cool thing about being a a Penguin Kids author is that my fabulous editor Leila Sales (who is also a YA/MG author) sometimes reaches out to “her” authors to take part in events that involve the larger literary community. Last year, Leila encouraged us to support Banned Books Week, so I made this video. This year, Leila and Penguin Kids suggested we support #ShopSmall Saturday by visiting independent bookstores and tagging @penguinkids.

So this past Saturday, I took to the road with my trusty pair of assistants. Let me preface this by saying I’m very lucky that the Boston area has so many independent bookstores. We were able to shop small at NINE different indies between 9:30am and 4pm.

We traveled to (in chronological order)

  1. The Concord Bookshop
  2. Porter Square Books
  3. Harvard Book Store
  4. The Curious George Store
  5. Brookline Booksmith
  6. The Children’s Book Shop
  7. The Blue Bunny Books & Toys
  8. New England Mobile Book Fair
  9. Newtonville Books

You can see all my tweets from the day here.

Below is the path we took:
map36.4 miles. 16 books purchased. But by 4pm, my trusty assistants were too exhausted to continue and we didn’t get to all the stores we wanted.

At least now we’ll have a number to beat next year!

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. One Day, The End written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and illustrated by Fred Koehler

one day the end

2. Water Is Water written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin

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Signed Editions Available at The Concord Bookshop

Can’t make it to the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast book launch on September 1st? Well, I have even better news! I’ve partnered with The Concord Bookshop to offer personalized signed editions!

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It’s as easy as placing an online order here and indicating in the comments something like “signed by author, please” and “inscribed to Suzy-Q.” As soon I can, I’ll hop down to the bookstore and they’ll either ship the book to you or hold it for pickup in their awesome store in downtown Concord, MA, USA .

You can also call [(978) 369-2405] or email [books@concordbookshop.com] the bookshop directly if you have any questions.

I’d like to thank The Concord Bookshop for partnering up! And I’m glad to say that no matter where you are, you can get a personalized and signed copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast!