The Whatsits (a critique group I'm part of consisting of Jennifer K. Mann, Kevan Atteberry, Wendy Wahman, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, and me) have been doing some joint events together. Next up for us is the University Book Store (U DISTRICT) in Seattle on Dec. 15th at 6 PM. If you would like some signed books for holiday gifts come say 'ahoy!' More details HERE!



I'm super excited to be headed down to Portland, OR (where I was born and lived my first seven years) next weekend for WORDSTOCK Portland's Book Festival!

The extraordinary Emily Arrow (http://www.emilyarrow.com) will be hosting the children's stage where I will be sharing BOO WHO? at 9:50 am.

I will also be talking about graphic novels and creating worlds with Jeffrey Brown and Kate Ristau at 12:30 pm!

There are also oodles of other authors and illustrators that will be sharing their work at Wordstock including some of my favorites such as Vera Brosgol, Carson Ellis, Mac Barnett, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Matthew Holm, and Rebecca Green. 

Hope to see you there!


Vancouver Kidsbooks and Books by the Banks

I'm headed to Kidsbooks in Vancouver BC next week with Narwhal and Jelly! And then on to Books by the Banks in Cincinnati! Links and details below for any pod pals in or around Vancouver and Cincinnati. -----:)



Mon, Sept 25 – Children’s Book World,
Philadelphia, 4:30 pm
Tues, Sept 26 – [words] Bookstore, 
Maplewood, New Jersey @ 4 pm
Sunday, Oct 8 – Barnes & Noble Store 2117,
Bozeman, MT @ 2 pm
Oct 14 – Washington State Books Awards, Seattle
Oct 24 - Kidsbooks, Vancouver, BC @ 7pm
2557 West Broadway



A bunch of books coming out soon! Starting with . . .

I am super happy to report that Rex, Gizmo, Wild, and Sprinkles (the stars of my book REX WRECKS IT!) now have a second book . . . and perhaps also a new friend? 

Boo is new. And even if the other kids are welcoming, it can be scary being new, especially for a shy ghost who can’t play any of their games. ("You tagged me? Oh, sorry. I couldn’t feel it.") Can Boo find a way to fit in and make friends with the rest of the group? From the creator of Rex Wrecks It! comes a funny story about feeling invisible — and finding a way to be seen and appreciated for who you are.

Boo was actually going to be in the first book (REX WRECKS IT!), but didn't have a major role in it so was cut to add more focus to the main four characters. At the time I really didn't want to cut Boo, but now am happy that I did because it set up this new story. 

I imagine this book might get pegged as a Halloween title because of the cast and because of Boo in particular, but I think it is much more a beginning of school story. It is all about how difficult it can be to make new friends and find a sense of belonging. 

BOO WHO? comes out August 1st!

Also coming out soon are the first few titles I had the good fortune to help acquire in my role as editor-at-large for the Little Bigfoot imprint of Sasquatch Books. I joined the Little Bigfoot / Sasquatch team about two years ago and am super excited to see these first projects I helped edit come out

First up is a project I have dreamed about putting together for some time. DRAWN TO COLOR is a 64 page coloring book for the whole family. It features artwork with Pacific Northwest subjects by 22 Pacific Northwest illustrators (including me!). There is a huge variety in the book of both style and detail, so really a bit of something for everyone. 

DRAWN TO COLOR comes out August 22nd! For those in the Seattle area there will be a color / book launch party at the end of August at U Books in U District.

Here is a full list of the illustrators with pieces in DRAWN TO COLOR:

Next up is FRANK THE SEVEN-LEGGED SPIDER by Michaele Razi, which comes out Sept. 12th! Michaele has been a friend and critique pal of mine for somewhere around 6 years now and most of that time she has been steadily working on this book. It has been amazing to watch the evolution of Frank from first manuscript to what I've got to say is one of the funniest and best read-aloud books coming out this year. Here is a bit about the book:

Frank loves being a spider, especially the part that involves having eight glorious legs. But one morning Frank wakes up missing a leg. One of his friends exclaims, "I barely recognize him!" Another friend asks, "Are you still a spider, Frank?" Is he still a spider? Frank doesn't know. A funny and heartfelt quest filled with surprises ensues as Frank searches for his leg and the answer to his identity.

Hooray and congratulations to Michaele on her debut! And for FRANK who will catch you and stick with you in the best possible way.

And coming out October 3rd . . .

WHERE'S HALMOMI? is one of the most brilliant books I have ever encountered. Seriously, it is up there! And if I was on the Caldecott committee I would be pushing this book for the award. It is a 96 page picture book with graphic novel leanings, but I wish it was even longer. 

Beautifully illustrated and told by debut author Julie Kim, this picture book in a graphic-novel style follows a young Korean girl and boy whose search for their missing grandmother leads them into a world inspired by Korean folklore, complete with mischievous goblins (dokkebi), a greedy tiger, a clever rabbit, and a wily fox.
Two young children pay a visit to Halmoni (grandmother in Korean), only to discover she's not home. As they search for her, noticing animal tracks covering the floor, they discover a window, slightly ajar, new to their grandmother's home.  Their curiosity gets the best of them, and they crawl through and discover an unfamiliar fantastical world, and their adventure begins.  As they continue to search for their grandmother and solve the mystery of the tracks, they go deeper into a world of Korean folklore, meeting a number of characters who speak in Korean along the way, and learn more about their cultural heritage.  
This beautifully illustrated graphic picture book is filled with a number of Easter eggs for readers of all ages to discover, and is inspired by the Korean folktales that author and illustrator Julie Kim heard while growing up. Translations to Korean text in the story and more about the folktale-inspired characters are included at the end.

I actually have one more book that I wrote and illustrated coming out this year (ROT: THE CUTEST IN THE WORLD!), but I will wait to share more about that nearer to December. I will also share more about each of the books in this post when they come out. :)

Thanks for stopping by! 



April 29th @ 11 AM - Story Time at the University Bookstore in Seattle, WA (326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105)

May 7th @ 2 PM - SUPER NARWHAL AND JELLY JOLT Book Launch at Secret Garden Books in Ballard (2214 NW Market St, SeattleWA 98107)

"Narwhal and Jelly are back in action for a SUPER adventure! Join Super Narwhal and sidekick Jelly Jolt as they take on three SUPER new stories in this early graphic novel series."