The wind…

…blew in a few new things!

***The gorgeous sketches for my new chapter book, “Not Even Cody”, set to pub with Candlewick  in spring 2015. The artist is Eliza Wheeler, who illustrated Holly Black’s terrific  “Doll Bones” .  Eliza counts A.A. Milne and Edward Gorey among her influences, and somehow manages to combine the sweet, the droll and the endearingly odd in one package. You can catch a sneak preview of the art here:

***”Phoebe and Digger” news. Those two have hit the big time. This spring, the book will be on sale at Toys ‘R’ Us! Between now and then I’ll be signing lots of copies to go on the shelves.  Barbie, Legos, and me!

***My friend Kathi Appelt, a wonderful, generous writer, is up for a National Book Award this week. Her “True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp” is a book for all ages, and it begs to be read aloud. Which Lyle Lovett has done for recorded books! Kathi’s  already a true blue winner.

***My story, “Mrs. Zavatsky’s Secret”, is going to appear in the April issue of the journal “Brain, Child”. It’s a special issue devoted to the particular joy that is parenting adolescents.  This is a story that  I actually wrote  last century and only recently revised and submitted. Never too late is my middle name.

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