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1. SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY


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2. DRAGONS GALORE

I've got dragons on my mind . . .




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3. UPCOMING EVENTS


Rex is excited! In fact, he is so excited he is doing the Koo Koo Kanga Roo Dinosaur Stomp!


Why is Rex so excited? IT'S DINOVEMBER!!! The ingenious idea of Refe and Susan Tuma. Check out their FB page full of plastic dinosaurs coming alive at night: https://www.facebook.com/dinovember. And check out their new book: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316294591.


This DINOVEMBER Rex and I have two books to celebrate. Of course, REX WRECKS IT! (Candlewick) and because it is also MOVEMBER, Mo's Mustache! (Tundra Books). Mo, Rex, and I have two upcoming events.

First we'll be at BUTTONWOOD BOOKS AND TOYS at 10:30 AM on SATURDAY, NOV. 8th in Cohasset, MA. Buttonwood will be celebrating Neighborhood Toy Store Day. http://buttonwoodbooksandtoys.com

Next we'll be visiting the Burlington Barnes & Noble at 6:30 PM on NOV. 22.

Then we'll be headed to Montana for school visits the entire first week of December!

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4. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


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5. THIS IS TIMOTHY MAGUIRE


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6. SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY

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7. DARK DOODLES

Most of the time I draw the cute/whimsical things that pop up here on my site but on occasion my sketchbooks take a slightly sinister twist. I've been wanting to share them but this didn't feel like the spot. So I've started a FB page featuring some of my darker doodles. https://www.facebook.com/darkdoodles
Seemed like the right time of year for it!

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8. SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY


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9. graveyard boogie

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10. OCTOBER!


It's October! The time of year for doodling monsters, pumpkins, spiders, and spooktacular creatures of all sorts. This has got to be one of my favorite months of the year. 

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11. SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY


The other night I was flipping through old sketch books (searching for ideas) and ran across this page. These doodles are from Sept. 2011 and were the start of my book Rex Wrecks It! I wanted to make a book that would have a bunch of stuff I enjoy drawing. Apparently that includes farts! The story went  through a number of permutations and in the end only four of these characters stuck around. It's fun for me to see how the project changed. I forgot that Gizmo didn't have glasses to start out and I have no idea why Rex has a mustache and a beret (doesn't exactly fit his personality). Fluffy would become Sprinkles. Xzklmf the alien had to go back to its home planet. Wild actually looks pretty darn similar to the final version. I wish Boo had made the final cut. Forgot how much I loved that ghost! 

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12. SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY

Just about one week until my next picture book (REX WRECKS IT!) comes out, so I thought today I would do a bit of a different 'sketchbook saturday' post and share some cover sketches.




I really liked the one below but it is very similar to the design I came up with for MO'S MUSTACHE.



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13. REX WRECKS IT! EVENTS


Ahoy! I have two signings coming up soon for my new picture book REX WRECKS IT! 

Paul Czajack, Dana Alison Levy, and Ben Clanton at the Andover Bookstore
September 27 @ 1 PM
89 Main St # 1, Andover, MA 01810

www.hugobookstores.com

Ben Clanton at the Odyssey Bookshop
October 4 @ 11 AM

9 College Street, South Hadley, MA
www.odysseybks.com

I'd love to see you at one of the events! PLUS if you are in the Andover area there is a contest you can enter for a chance to win a signed copy of REX and an original illustration. Drop off the completed entry at the Andover Bookstore.

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14. SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY



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15. SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY


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16. SHARK WEEK!


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17. SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY


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18. SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY


Wishing I was at the beach right now but it is rainy and not all that warm out in NE MA today. So I'm doodling the beach at my studio!

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19. SKETCHBOOK SATURDAY


The dragons are loving the warm weather. The sun really makes their colorful scales shine.

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20. sketchbook saturday


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21. MORE DRAGONS!


I love drawing dragons so much! Finally got to see How to Train Your Dragon 2. Pretty awesome. Loved all the new dragon designs. Feeling inspired and also wishing I had a dragon of my own.

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22. Sketchbook Summer


Every day feels like Saturday right now. It's great! Got some good drawing time in while out on a whale watching expedition today. Expect a flood of whales soon!

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23. GIGI DOODLES



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24. COOL WATER

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25. DRAGONS!


Drew these dragons on the back of a record album when driving up to Porland, ME today. Trying to name a dragon in a book I'm working on. It is a very friendly and playful sort of dragon. Suggestions for a name?

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