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1. You are never really alone


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2. A very short story ; Piggy looks for love: Parts 1, 2 and 3




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3. Piggy looks for love


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4. Happy Hallowalentines Day!



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5. Piece for Piano: "Four Paws" by Ketzel Cotel


Click on this link to hear Piece for Piano: "Four Paws" by Ketzel Cotel

Thanks to Joy Chu for bringing it to my attention


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6. On a roll.


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7. Spooky Book Signing


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8. Happy Halloween!


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9. Ketzel in the Wall Street Journal



Lovely article in the Wall Street Journal by Meghan Cox Gurdon

To Read the article click on this link: Ketzel the Cat Who Composed


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10. Ketzel the Cat who Composed



My new book Ketzel the Cat Who Composed came out this month.  It is a sweet little story about a sweet little kitty that liked "meowsic."

I am very proud and excited to say that after taking piano for 17 years I finally got a professional gig! Well - to draw a piano, not to play a piano. 

(But just so everyone knows, if you need someone to play a smokin hot Black Forest Polka look no further. skills. we got em.) 

I always like to show some sketches. I feel like they are the bones of the book. 


Sometimes when I am doing sketches I have an idea that seems like  an obvious no brainer at the time, but in retrospect is only good for a laugh.  This is one of those. The disembodied cat paws playing the piano in duet? That is just weird.

Several different versions of the main character in the book, who's name is Moshe, walking around NY city before he finds Ketzel the cat:




kitty love.


and they live happily ever after.


Until...

to find out the exciting conclusion, go. buy. the. book.

thanks.

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11. the Boston Globe

Voila! the Boston Globe..

Um, seriously I love this topic. Free-Range kids is such an interesting issue.

My take on all the old Grimm fairy tales and folk tales is that they are a way of scaring your kids silly- to protect them when parents aren't around.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2015/08/26/when-did-parents-get-scared/dEsGOllSt3zhFPfy1iOzKI/story.html

go check it out right now!!

or in a little while.

Ok times up, now get going for pet's sake!




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12. Some love from the New York Times

YAY!!!


http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/07/29/books/review/29childrens.html?_r=1
XOXOX

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13. Beach House












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14. Red Butterfly






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15. Hands and Hearts







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16. Christmas Cat

It is snowing outside, it is two weeks til Christmas. I am about half done with my shopping.

And here is my new book, the Christmas Cat.

I'll be signing books at the Whistlestop Bookshop this Saturday at 1:00.
 I'll be drawing too.

Whistlestop Bookshop 
129 W High St.
Carlisle, PA 17013









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17. Rock-a-Bye Room



  
Me and my Junes
 

Me and Junes dancing to the tunes



The cover is a record. get it?

THis is where I live. In the real world.

I dig a pony.

I tried to put in as many references to Rock and Roll as possible. Little Boy Blue is James Dean. 
Elvis is the King.


I love this book.  I love the peaceful rocking sway of the words. And I had about as much fun as a person can  making a nursery rhyme -rock and roll world. 

Buy it and then Rock-a-Bye to it.
because books are fun.


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18. goofing off with gouache

  

On auction this Friday at the CALC

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19. Flying to Neverland with Peter Pan

I have a new book out!
...and yes there is glitter on the cover.

http://www.blueapplebooks.com/books/flying-to-neverland-with-peter-pan



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20. Stuff I'm Thankful for

The list is long and by no means exhaustive, but sincere.  Of course the things not on there, but at the very top are parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, grandparents, friends, love, and unconditional love. So I love You every bit as much as I do scotch tape and space heaters.

THis was a sort of stream of consiousness for "things I am thankful for". It is already giving me hives that I have left  vital things out. What are they?



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21. More Sweet Dreams



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22. Sweet Dreams by Jewel

My new book. Singer-songwriter Jewel's beautiful song. Wonderful to work with Jewel again on this #2 book.

 I stepped out a little into a new and different style for this book. 

More coming soon... Read the rest of this post

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23. And now, since it is Spring : some Grimm.

Littel Brother  Little Sister.

a great story by the brother's Grimm.  My kids love the new annotated Grimm that we just got.  I do too.  Its the real deal.  Those who do not believe in magic will never find it.


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24. A Few things I've been playing around with this winter: Experimentation




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25. Happy Halloween!

When did Halloween become almost as complicated as Christmas? I don't know about you, but we are definitely on day 10 of "on the twelfth day of Halloween my True Blood gave to me."

What did your True Blood give you?

Organ meat?

Endangered Animal pelts?

Antique Monster drawings?





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