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).

Where I’ll Be Next

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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Where I’ll Be Next

Writers’ Loft Holiday Bazaar at An Unlikely Story

As you may know, I am an active member of The Writers’ Loft, a local writing community in the Boston, MA suburb of Sherborn. This Saturday, November 21 from 1-4 pm, we will be holding our 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar and Book Fair. But because the Loft has grown so much in the past year, we needed a bigger venue. So this year we’re partnering with Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney’s new bookstore, An Unlikely Story, in Plainville, MA and holding the bazaar in their amazing 2nd floor event space.

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The following authors (including me!) will all be on hand signing copies of their books all afternoon.

  • Sarah Brannen (Madame Martine, Madame Martine Breaks the Rules, Feathers: Not Just For Flying)
  • Greg Fishbone (​Galaxy Games: The Challengers)
  • Josh Funk (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast)
  • Susan Goodman (How Do You Burp in Space?, See How They Run, The Truth About Poop And Pee)
  • Thea Iberall (The Swallow and the Nightingale)
  • Jane Kohuth (Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree, Duck Sock Hop, Ducks Go Vroom)
  • Lisa Kramer (P.O.W.ER)
  • Michael G Lewis (The Great Pirate Christmas Battle)
  • Sharron Kahn Luttrell (Weekends with Daisy)
  • Ellen Mayer (A Fish to Feed, Red Socks)
  • Marika McCoola (Baba Yaga’s Assistant)
  • Susan Meyer (New Shoes, Black Radishes)
  • Ammi-Joan Paquette Princess Juniper of the Hourglass, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids, Nowhere Girl)
  • April Jones Prince (Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing, Dig In!, Who Was Frederick Douglass?)
  • Warren Ross (Teapots and Assorted Things)
  • Anna Staniszewski (The Dirt Diary, My Very UnFairy Tale Life, I’m With Cupid, Power Down, Little Robot)
  • Tara Sullivan (Golden Boy)
  • Jane Sutton (What’s Up With this Chicken?, Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster)
  • Laura Woollett (Big Top Burning)

So if you’ve been meaning to check out Jeff Kinney’s gorgeous book store, or want to see what The Writers’ Loft is all about, or feel like purchasing some great signed books as holiday presents, or just want to meet and hang out with some fun authors -> then stop by on Saturday and say hi.

The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, Massachusetts is a retreat, a conference, and a writers’ room of requirement all rolled into one supportive community. Like a year-long writing conference, the Loft hosts classes and workshops. The Loft also hosts frequent panels and free craft chats with authors and illustrators. The Loft offers critiques from agents and editors, and hosts monthly write-ins, social gatherings, manuscript mixers, and book launches. It’s also home to critique groups and think tanks for writers and illustrators in all genres, for those who are traditionally published, self-published, and pre-published. And, like any good writing retreat, The Writers’ Loft always has a quiet space for you to write. The Writers’ Loft is a 501(c)3 organization, centrally located just West of Boston, but not far from the New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut borders with members from all over New England. For more information about their groups and upcoming events, please visit www.thewritersloft.org.

Two for You: Lofter Holiday Edition

1. The Great Pirate Christmas Battle written by Michael G. Lewis and illustrated by Stan Jaskiel

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2. Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster written by Jane Sutton and illustrated by Andy Rowland

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Precisely 623 Days Ago …

… I stood in The Writers’ Loft prior to a picture book critique group meeting and I received an email telling me Sterling Publishing was interested in publishing Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast.

And today, precisely 623 days later (to the minute … and yes, I’ve taken daylight savings into account), I stand in the same exact location holding an actual copy of the book.

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*chills*

That is all.