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Monday, February 19, 2018

I recently sent FAMILY IN A JAR to Liza Fleissig at the Liza Royce literary agency in New York. She is interested in taking a look at it!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Just got back from the Huntington Beach Author Festival, where I spoke to over 700 children at Oak View Elementary School. It was a wonderful visit!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Have just completed another picture book manuscript entitled HOW TO CATCH A CROCODILE. As a young girl reads to her dog about crocodiles, the two of them embark on an imaginary journey to catch one of these giant reptiles. Her stuffed animals begin to grow, and the room gradually transforms into a scene from the Australian outback. The girl, however, is so busy making rules for their expedition and spouting facts and figures from her book, that she doesn't notice the dog is actually experiencing very real crocodile encounters. And in the end, it is the dog who realizes that it would be wrong to take a mother crocodile from her babies.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Once again I will be participating in the Huntington Beach Author Festival this coming January. I have been selected by Oak View Elementary School and will be visiting them on Tuesday, January 30. Should be fun!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Got back from a week in Tuscany. Absolutely beautiful! It is also the birthplace of Collodi, the author of Pinocchio. There were puppets everywhere!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Just send another manuscript to my editor at Henry Holt. Entitled THE WIDE AWAKE PRINCESS, it is the story of a fairy tale princess who refuses to sleep. The king and queen send for help, and it arrives in the form of all the king's horses and men, Little Bo Peep, and Little Jack Horner among others. In the end, a mysterious old woman arrives with a crafty solution...

Monday, September 25, 2017

I have finished my manuscript submissions for the time being:
DOG SCENTS to Groundwood
EXTRA EXTRA to Bailiwick
HOLES ALL AROUND to Ripple Grove
FAMILY IN A JAR to Albert Whitman
In the meantime I am working on a new picture book entitled THE WIDE AWAKE PRINCESS, about a fairy tale princess who refuses to go to bed. Her parents, Old King Cole and the Queen of Hearts invite other nursery rhyme characters to help, including All the King's Horses and All the King's Men, Little Jack Horner and Little Bo Peep. Mother Goose finally arrives with the perfect solution!