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1. OCTOBER UPDATE!

UPCOMING! November 4th, 2014 will see the release of Elephant and Piggie's newest adventure, WAITING IS NOT EASY! It sure isn't.  So.... APPEARANCES! Because waiting really, really is not easy, I'll be giving a sneak peek reading and signing of the new Elephant and Piggie adventure 2 days early! DON'T WAIT! Come on by: Sunday, November 2nd at the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE

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2. MAY UPDATE!

COMIX! I'm on sabbatical for the year.  While I will be making various appearances in Europe and beyond, mostly I'll be spending time at the home base in Paris, France drawing and doodling.   You can check out my experiments over at Universal U-Click for a comic-strip-doodle-thingie called PARIS DOODLES . The strip runs drawings, dining room dinner doodles, and photos on weekdays.

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3. Recently arrived...

It's always nice when you are sent preview copies of your work.  Holding something in your hands is so much fun after having seen projects in bits, pieces, and printouts. Here are some fun things (upcoming and available now) that have recently arrived at the studio. My preview copy of THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA!, which will hit the shelves this April.  The production on this volume is amazing;

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4. Coming Soon: February

Last month, I started a monthly series on upcoming books I am excited about.  I am not sure where January went but it seems that it is time for February's list already! I have read so little this month that I was afraid to look ahead --the last thing I need right now is to add more books to my TBR pile!  But, there are some books that you just MUST have! These are upcoming books that are MUST-HAVES for me in February!

One of my very favorite professional books of all times has a new edition coming out.  WHAT A WRITER NEEDS by Ralph Fletcher is one of the books that changed my teaching.  It is one of the staple books that helped me learn to teach writing and it was the first book by Ralph Fletcher that I read. This 2nd edition of this book is coming out in February. Just looking at the Table of Contents makes me happy--reminds me how much I learned when I read this book and how many times I've gone back to the book in the past 20 years. (And Ralph Fletcher will be the keynote at the Dublin Literacy Conference on February 23. If you haven't registered, you should check it out!)


Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poemsby Marilyn Singer is a follow-up to one of my favorite books, Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse. Both of these books are filled with Fairy Tale "reverso" poems.  They are fun reads and I continue to be amazed at what the process of writing reversos is. So excited about this second round of reversos from Singer!

Lisa Graff is one of my favorite middle grade authors. I was thrilled to discover that she has a new book coming out in February called A Tangle of Knots. If you don't know Lisa Graff, you will definitely want to read The Thing About GeorgieUmbrella Summer and The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower.

I can't seem to find enough sports nonfiction to keep my students happy! So I was thrilled to see
Becoming Babe Ruth coming in February. I love author, Matt Tavares and from what I've read this is a great and well-researched story.

I am always paying attention to good, upcoming YA (even though I don't get a chance to read nearly as much as I'd like to!).  But the book I have on my list to remember about in February is Pivot Point. Love the whole concept and the issues around the choices we make.

And finally, a March 1 release (but close enough to February that I thought I'd include it here is Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich.  I love anything fairy tale but this one looks especially fun.  First of all, I am excited that Jane Yolen and Rebecaa Kai Dotlich worked together on this one. Love those two! Secondly, I love the idea of hearing the voices of fairy tale characters in poem form.  I am VERY excited about this one!

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5. A Busload of Pigeon Books!

This April will be the 10th Anniversary of the publication of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! and to celebrate this spring Hyperion is publishing collection of 3 Pigeon books (DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!, THE PIGEON FINDS A HOTDOG!, & DON'T LET THE PIGEON STAY UP LATE!) in a collection entitled IT'S A BUSLOAD OF PIGEON BOOKS! I just received my preview copy and I'm really excited!

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6. Happy New Year!

Let's start out by wishing you a happy and healthy new year in 2013. The next twelve months will be jam-packed with celebrations and changes including new and exciting projects I can talk about (and those I can't just yet). Much of the year will center around the Pigeon's 10th birthday celebrations; DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! was published in April of 2003 which launched a crazy

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7. I'm off!

I'm heading to Anaheim for the American Library Association's convention (my schedule is here), then off to visit pals, colleagues, and family across California for a bit. This blog will remain dormant until my return, although I'm sure The Pigeon will continue to tweet occasionally during the interim. When I return there will be all kinds of cool announcements about upcoming stuff in the

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8. Satur-Up-Dates...

After a week off, Knuffle Bunny Too climbs back onto the NYTimes Bestseller list, clocking in at #9 for its 37th week (Nice to see pal Lane Smith’s newest up there as well). KB2 and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! hang in there on the PW Bestseller list. Thanks to you for your support. In the papers, UK’s Independent says some very nice things about lots of my new books. Closer to home, the

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9. The Show(s) go on!

With the Touring production of Big Wooden Horse's Pigeon Party! over, don't fret: there's still lots of fun Theater stuff brewing for Elephant, Piggie, Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny.I've obviously plugged May's opening for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at the Kennedy Center (there seem to be one or two tickets left) and a bunch of folks have been asking if the show is coming to their town when

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10. The Pigeon is helping renovate the Forbes Library!

If you live in the Northampton Mass area, then you know how cool the Forbes Library is. This year, the library needs your help renovating the Children's Area, which is over due for a fixin'.Late spring, I'll be hosting a benefit cartoonapalooza evening of animation featuring animated versions of my books, plus classic Sesame Street and Nickelodeon animated shorts.We're also releasing a limited

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11. In the house: Carrie Hagen, author of WE IS GOT HIM


We'll spare everyone pictures on this rainy, humid day, but today Carrie Hagen came into the Overlook offices to work with our new editor, Stephanie Gorton. (Welcome, Stephanie!) She has a book coming out this August called WE IS GOT HIM: ABDUCTION, MURDER, AND FEAR OF THE EVE OF AMERICA'S CENTENNIAL.

We launched this title last week, and everyone is waiting impatiently for the manuscript to be finished so we can start reading! It's true crime in the vein of Devil in the White City, and the story is absolutely fascinating. It's 1874, and a young boy named Charley Ross (learn more about him here) was snatched from his front yard in Philadelphia in what became the first kidnapping for random in America.

The title "We Is Got Him" comes from the famous random note, which we'll just preface with one [sic]:

Mr. Ross- be not uneasy you son charly bruster he al writ we as got him and no powers on earth can deliver out of our hand. You wil hav two pay us befor you git him from us. an pay us a big cent to. if you put the cops hunting for him yu is only defeeting yu own end. we is got him fitt so no living power can gits him from us a live. if any aproch is maid to his hidin place that is the signil for his instant anihilation. if yu regard his lif puts no one to search for him you money can fech him out alive an no other existin powers don't deceve yuself and think the detectives can git him from us for that is one imposebel
yu here from us in few day

Philadelphia was preparing to celebrate the American centennial after decades of civil war and recession, and Hagan weaves the story of this kidnapping--and how it threatened to unravel social confidence and plunge a city into despair--into the fight by the Philadelphia mayor to preserve the city's stature and other politicians using the Centennial as a chance to show America's endurance.

The research that went into We Is Got Him is incredibly daunting--Hagen worked on it while earning her MFA in Writing Nonfiction from Goucher College. We're absolutely thrilled to be publishing this--mark your calendars for August!

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12. Elephant and Piggie: FRIENDIVERSARY! NEW BOOK! FAN MAIL!

I'm often asked when Elephant and Piggie first met.  Well, it was on the first week of February.  How? Why? What happened?  Those are all good questions.  Good questions I won't answer. But I will encourage you to celebrate Elephant and Piggie's FRIENDIVERSARY! I'm celebrating with the great folks at 1st Book by making sure every title 1 student in 2nd grade in New Orleans & Springfield MA

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13. Cul.De.Piggie...

Those of you who love cartooning know that Mr. Richard Thompson is the greatest living cartoonist whose name isn't Ronald Searle.  Mr. Thompson's greatness is thrown into sharp relief when you learn that he does his daily strip, Cul de Sac, while suffering from Parkinson's (which he calls his Slapstick Affliction). Richard Thompson & myself at last year's National Cartoonist Society Gala. 

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14. Nice Reviews for THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!?

The Pigeon (and Duckling) present their latest adventure,  THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!?, in a month and we'll be celebrating it in great style with a fun video, a fun tour, and a fun sweepstakes (more info to come on all of that). Until then, enjoy these two nice reviews of the book. First up is School Library Journal, who give the story it's 3rd starred review.  They say: "Confident,

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15. Look what just came into the studio:

My advance copy of THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!? It's always a big thrill to see the finished product a year after completion of the book.  It's like an old friend unexpectedly showing up for dinner. I hope you enjoy the Pigeon's latest adventure when it comes out next month!

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