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My wife Tess and I published our book, The Endless String, after raising our 4 children, whose childlike antics and wisdom gave birth to the humor found in many of our poems. We also took inspiration from Shel Silverstein's "outside the box" approach to poetry and illustration. Tess, a language arts teacher for 20 years, did the illustrations, and she and I wrote the poems together. If you ... More
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1. The Endless String: Poems for Children (and the people who read to them)...
    Author: Tess Hannah, Tom Hannah
    Publisher: Outskirts Press
All Ages 11/23/2007
35 Reviews  
Bestselling order determined by Amazon.com SalesRank(tm)
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1. Accidental Heroes, Accidental Villains (Paperback)
    Author: Ed Chung
    Publisher: Vandoos
Adult 10/11/2009
Tom tagged as: I recommend
11 Reviews  
2. The Wizard of Odd (Paperback)
    Author: Soda Soda
    Publisher: Llumina Press
Young Adults 10/11/2009
Tom tagged as: I recommend
10 Reviews  
3. Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings (Ha...
    Author: Shel Silverstein
    Illustrator: Shel Silverstein
    Publisher: HarperCollins
Ages 9-12 1/21/2009
Tom said: We love the title and all the poems by this man who always looked outside the box for his ideas.
tags: Inspired me
13,543 Reviews  
4. The Endless String: Poems for Children (and the people who read to them)...
    Author: Tess Hannah, Tom Hannah
    Publisher: Outskirts Press
All Ages 12/27/2008
Tom said: Our book was inspired by Shel Silverstein. A man of many talents,whose ability to always think outside the box amazes us to this day.
tags: I wrote , I illustrated
35 Reviews  
Bestselling order determined by Amazon.com SalesRank(tm)
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Comment by Karen Rhodes on 9/15/2012 at 5:27 PM:
Love what I've read and seen of your books.
Comment by Darylynn Ayala on 3/13/2012 at 7:16 PM:
Thanks Tom & Tess. So far the selling is slow but going to put an AD on face book to give it more exposure. The illustrations on your book are AMAZING. The poems are sweet and heartfelt. Going to buy a copy for my little niece. All the best !!!
Comment by Kathryn Starke on 3/10/2012 at 11:51 AM:
Thanks for much for sharing your work with me. Glad to connect on jacketflap!
Comment by Mary R. P. Schutter on 11/6/2010 at 5:55 PM:
Thanks for the friend invitation, Tom. It sounds like your book is a special endeavor between you and your spouse. I wish you and Tess great success in your writing careers.
Comment by Aaron Mead on 8/5/2010 at 7:13 PM:
Hi Tom, go ahead and send the poems if you would like.
Comment by Shelley Dwornik on 8/5/2010 at 1:06 AM:
Looking forward to reading and a chuckle.
Comment by Nicole Hubbard on 7/14/2010 at 9:37 AM:
Thanks Tom. Hope you're having a wonderful summer!
Comment by safa amed on 6/24/2010 at 10:36 AM:
Your books sound wonderful.Looking forward to reading them!
Comment by HAPPY Murray on 6/10/2010 at 5:51 PM:
Tom and Tess, hello again... what a really nice gesture: well, my email is [email protected]
Thank you so much.. please will you send a cover email saying : to Happy with love from Tom and Tess . I will print out all you send me. Thank you so very very much.
Your Irish pal, Happ... more
Comment by HAPPY Murray on 6/10/2010 at 5:45 PM:
My Beautiful Tom,

It is YOU that is an inspiration to me personally. For me, you make the world a better place to live in getting emails like that ... thank you for very very much please give my fondest regards to Lady Tess.

from Happy.
Comment by Hannah Holt on 5/10/2010 at 2:17 PM:
Thanks for the invite Tom. Your work looks great.
Comment by D. James Smith on 4/19/2010 at 9:35 AM:
Look forward to getting to know you and your work.
D. James Smith
Comment by Carol Manser on 4/11/2010 at 5:49 PM:
Hi Tom,
I've added a link on my profile page to my music and the latest song. It's not anything to do with my writing funny rhymes for kids, so I hope its legal to add a link like that - time will tell I guess.
Music is such a distraction from writing, but I love it.
... more
Comment by Carol Manser on 4/11/2010 at 4:15 AM:
Oops, should have posted my comment here - I'll learn! I'm glad to be your friend here on JacketFlap - sorry to take a few days to confirm - I've been getting a new song out on the internet and it generated a lot of people to reply to. Now I'm back to explore JacketFlap again. Thanks for your wel... more
Comment by Tracy Grand on 2/17/2010 at 3:33 PM:
Tom, I am thrilled to have you be part of our JacketFlap community!
Best, Tracy
Comment by michael shaw on 2/7/2010 at 7:41 PM:
Have you given any thought to doing an audio book version? Michael Shaw @ jacketflap and www.americanretro.net
Comment by Darlene Beck Jacobson on 1/23/2010 at 11:16 AM:
Tom, Thanks for your information. You don't have to tell me how frustrating it is to find a publisher. Having a collaboration of author/illustrator is great...then you can have the freedom to go that route. Without the artistic ability, picture books need the expertise of traditional publishers. N... more
Comment by Darlene Beck Jacobson on 1/22/2010 at 12:40 PM:
Hi Tom, Thanks for the invite and chance to sample your enjoyable book. I love word play and fun-filled verse. Did you self publish or go the traditional route? I am working on a humorous picture book for a younger audience involving the adventures of a runaway DustBunny. Please check out my websi... more
Comment by Matt Pierce on 1/21/2010 at 5:27 PM:
Tom, you're welcome for the review, your book does look very good. I AM probably the most blessed person to have the job that I have! I am getting some images ready, probably in the next couple of days to show more of what we do. Thanks for your interest and Blessings-
Comment by Samantha Parson on 12/31/2009 at 10:39 AM:
I will certainly check out your book - I love all imaginative children's books. Also, it's good to hear reinforcement to keep my dreams alive - for it took me awhile to realize that a career in children's books is actually possible!
Comment by Alice Eike on 12/30/2009 at 10:29 AM:
Thanks for the invitation. It is insiring to see a husband and wife collaborate and produce such a fun book. You really "get" children!
Comment by Shannon Hoffmann on 12/28/2009 at 9:28 PM:
Tom and Tess, Your book looks great. I hope it is wildly successful. Great to meet you guys on here.
Comment by J.D. (Jan) Holiday on 12/20/2009 at 3:51 PM:
Thanks for friending me, Tess and Tom!
Great to meet you!
Comment by Phoebe Bookamer on 12/18/2009 at 9:22 AM:
Tom, thanks for the 2 funtabulous poems you sent me. My 12-year-old really enjoyed them. When I get a minute, I'll read them to the rest of the family.
Comment by Valerie Storey on 12/15/2009 at 1:14 PM:
Hi Tom! Season's Greetings and many thanks for the friend invitation. Enjoy the holidays!
Comment by Katy Philby on 12/10/2009 at 9:05 PM:
Hi Tom! Thanks for your interest in the Monarchs. If you would like to learn more or become involved with them yourself, you should check out the MonarchWatch website: www.monarchwatch.org.
I have thought about writing a book about the Monarchs geared towards kids. Guess that is the next thing... more
Comment by Moira Donohue on 12/9/2009 at 5:48 PM:
Your book looks adorable - best of luck with it. I will have to get a copy!
Comment by Lookman pseudonym on 12/9/2009 at 2:30 AM:
Thanks for adding.
Comment by Lorraine Florido on 12/8/2009 at 11:49 PM:
Just read your latest and greatest, NOBODY LIKES TO HANG AROUND, I loved it! Bravo.
Comment by Wendy Tomlinson on 12/1/2009 at 6:12 AM:
Hey Tom, I've added your two wonderful poems to my blog. Thank you so much for sharing.


Comment by Joseph Sottile on 11/30/2009 at 11:35 AM:
Tom, your sketches and poetry certainly has that Shel quality which I also aim for in my poetry. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Caren E Salas on 11/28/2009 at 3:42 AM:
Thanks for finding me :) I'm looking forward to checking out your book! Good luck with everything!!
Comment by ilene bauer on 11/25/2009 at 7:11 PM:
Tom: Wow, to meet a fellow poet
Feels so good - how can I show it?
Picture now a WANTED poster:
Which of us is wanted moster?
Poetry, though,'s not a crime -
We can be partners in rhyme!
Comment by Maureen Ryan Esposito on 11/18/2009 at 10:38 PM:
Hello Tom and Tess,
Thank you for the welcome.
Thanks for your kind comments about my book too.
Your book looks perfect for my son who has a great sense of humor, but unfortunately doesn't always love to read. I think he will enjoy reading your poems and seeing the illustrations. I w... more
Comment by Riana Venter on 11/11/2009 at 12:25 PM:
My dream is to also publish the two books that I am working on at the moment. In SA we have eleven official languages and I would like to have them published in at least three or four of those. I can do the translation from Afrikaans to English myself but will have to get somebody to tran... more
Comment by Peggy Mercer on 11/10/2009 at 10:41 PM:
Hi Tom and Tess..thanks for the welcome to jacketflap. THis is the neatest place! Everyone is so talented...We can help each other!
Comment by Jen White on 11/2/2009 at 7:51 AM:
Thanks, Tom and Tess. This children's publishing is a fun business, isn't it? Good luck with your book!
Comment by Tye Cattanach on 10/29/2009 at 6:13 PM:
Hi Tom, Just went over to Amazon and read the reviews on your book. I promptly bought it!
Cheers, Tye :)
Comment by Timothy Schenk on 10/1/2009 at 11:24 AM:
Wow, another good review. I hope your sales are just as good.
Comment by Linda LEE on 9/14/2009 at 10:12 PM:
Dear Tom,

Thanks a lot for your kindness, your works are all great.we will look through and look for chances for further cooperation.stay in touch and welcome your recommendation
Comment by RJ McGill on 9/5/2009 at 5:20 PM:
Thank you for accepting my invitation & for taking the time to drop by my site. Looking forward to talking with you both.

Comment by Timothy Schenk on 8/15/2009 at 8:52 PM:
Congrats Tom that is good to hear. A good review can help market a book well.
Comment by Terry Verduin on 8/15/2009 at 12:17 PM:
Congratulations on your latest success!
Comment by Melinda Wentzel on 8/15/2009 at 9:21 AM:
Wow!! Kudos to you both! The Endless String looks like a TERRIFIC read!
Comment by Donna McDine on 8/15/2009 at 5:45 AM:
Congratulations on such fine reviews! Best wishes for your continued succes.
Comment by Katie Recore on 8/14/2009 at 11:04 AM:
Raising (according to my mother they're never really 'raised') four kids and still working together. You two are an inspiration! Thank you for the welcome.
Comment by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt on 7/26/2009 at 4:15 PM:
Thanks, Tom. ;-)

I'll post my review of The Endless String in more places this week.
Comment by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt on 7/26/2009 at 1:02 AM:
I've reviewed your book, Tom. Thanks for letting me take a peek at it. The review is here and on Amazon. ;-)
Comment by Marie Paris on 7/17/2009 at 10:13 PM:
Love Shel Silverstein, therefore I love your work, guys! Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt on 7/12/2009 at 10:18 PM:
So your wife is your biggest fan? Hats off to her. Oh, and good news about your not being a dog-kicker. HA! Looking forward to the review copy.

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