Monday, December 31, 2012

It's gonna be EXTREME!

EXTREME BABYMOUSE, that is!



Grab your board! The powder's fresh and Babymouse is hitting the slopes! (Uh, snowboarding, Babymouse? Is that really a good idea? You don't exactly have a good history with . . . er, being outside). Will Babymouse make it off the bunny slope? Will this winter be extreme—or just extremely lame? And does locker really have a cousin?  Find out in EXTREME Babymouse! Snowy Mountain will never be the same! 



I had to do some research for this book because I didn't know how to snowboard. I grew up skiing. It was fun ... and a little painful! (hint: you fall a LOT when you learn to snowboard).


Here's where I started.


I had to learn how to put on the board.

And I had to learn to overcome total terror. 

Because although this isn't exactly a steep hill, it is scary going down the first time! 


And the second. And the third.

I still love to ski, though.


Especially with my Babymouse skis.

Hope to see you on the slopes!  

EXTREME BABYMOUSE will be available everywhere January 8!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Getting ready for #SharpSchu Book Club this Wednesday ...

Will there be card games? Hmm ... we're ready just in case!



The cards were designed by my nine-year-old son. Feel free to print out and share with the comic reader in your life.

See you Wednesday on Twitter!
HASHTAG: #SharpSchu
DATE: 12/12/12
TIME:  7PM CST/8:00 PM EST


See you in Portland!

Hey PDX! Matt and I will be doing a signing next weekend at A Children's Place Bookstore!
TIME:     Saturday, December 15
WHEN:   2pm
WHERE: A Children's Place
             4807 NE Fremont Street, Portland, OR
             A Children's Place Bookstore

Please come by for the free event and say "hi". We'll be talking about Babymouse and Squish. (Also, graphic novels make super stocking stuffers!)

Hope to see you!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

'Tis the season for messy whiskers ...


That's right -- Babymouse is coming to town!

Random House Children's Books is hosting a fantastic PINTEREST holiday book give-away! Click HERE to check out the great stuff you can win!


Here's hoping your holiday season is merry, bright, and pink!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Countdown to #SharpSchu Book Club on Twitter!

Pack your cupcakes and grab your lunch tray! 



BABYMOUSE and LUNCH LADY are heading to twitter for the #SharpSchu Book Club!

DATE: 12/12/12
TIME:  7PM CST/8:00 PM EST.


CLICK HERE to learn all the details and please tweet by and say "Typical."





Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's election day!

Time to get out the vote!


Check out what the candidates have to say:

BABYMOUSE!



GEORGIE!


SANTIAGO!



LOCKER!


FELICIA!


May the best candidate (or the one with the messiest whiskers) win!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

SQUISH #4: CAPTAIN DISASTER !

Grab your soccer ball, because Squish is hitting the field in ...

It's soccer season! But the Waterfleas are getting pummelled game after game. Squish knows winning isn't everything, but it's something right? Can Squish turn the losing streak around when he becomes team captain? Will Pod figure out how to harness the power of lightning? And how can amoebas play soccer when they don't have any feet? 

We had a lot of fun making this one. Here's one of the early lay-outs:


On sale Tuesday, September 25

Monday, August 27, 2012

Back to school!

I love this time of the year. The back-to-school rituals of finding the perfect outfit for the first day and shopping for school supplies. (I was obsessed with Trapper Keepers when I was a kid.) 

But mostly I like remembering teachers who changed my life. Like the second grade teacher who read aloud The Boxcar Children. And the high school teacher who became the coach for the debate team (we took second in states thanks to our coach -- I'm still proud of that one.) And, of course, the college professor who encouraged me to write poetry even though I was an International Studies major. These were my teachers. 

Even though I'm out of school now, teachers are still inspiring me. Especially a certain fourth-grade teacher in Michigan who has a blog called Sharpread

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Mr. Colby Sharp:


And what does he do to get kids fired up about reading? Well, check this out:


So I can't be more excited to be going back into the classroom again this September ... Mr. Sharp's classroom, that is. Because he's one of my teachers.

Now I just need to find the perfect outfit. Hmmm ... 


I think this will be perfect. 


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back by popular demand ...

That lovable plush doll who likes to dream big!




Head on over to the Merrymakers site. You know you need one for that graphic novel reader in your life. (Or in your library!)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sometimes it pays to be a hoarder ...

It's bookday for EIGHTH GRADE IS MAKING ME SICK!


Ginny has big plans for eighth grade. She's going to try out for cheerleading, join Virtual Vampire Vixens, and maybe even fall in love. But middle school is more of a roller-coaster ride than Ginny could have ever predicted. Filled with Post-its, journal entries, grocery lists, hand-drawn comic strips, report cards, IMs, notes, and more,Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick is the sometimes poignant, often hilarious, always relatable look at a year in the life of one girl, told entirely through her stuff.

This book was illustrated by the AMAZING Elicia Castaldi:


And here's a behind-the-scenes look at how she did it:

video

Also, if you're a Babymouse or Squish fan, the comics are done by my bro, Matt Holm.



Friday, August 3, 2012

Can we all just take a minute here and SMILE?

Did you see what the #1 paperback graphic book was on the The New York Times bestseller list last week?




That's right. A graphic novel about a sixth grade girl created by one of the most ridiculously talented ladies in comics was number one on The New York Times.  If that's not enough to make you smile, I don't know what is. 


GO, RAINA!











Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tune in tomorrow!

What happens when Babymouse meets the Lunch Lady ... ?


Find out tomorrow at The Summer Book Club!


Tune in at 5pm EDT to Sirius XM Kidsplacelive to hear my brother Matt and I chat about Babymouse and Squish with the incredible Jarrett Krosoczka and Absolutely Mindy!


p.s. And thanks for making my hair look so fabulous, Jarrett! (It doesn't look like that in real life. Trust me.)




Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bookday!

Today is BABYMOUSE FOR PRESIDENT's "bookday!"
This is the 16th Babymouse book! Which, of course, is still mind-boggling. Our little mouse had very humble beginnings as you can see below.

Early Babymouse sketch by Matt Holm



We've learned a lot making Babymouse: That we love Sharpies, restickable gluesticks, and scanners that don't break. That it's never a good idea to put a water bottle in your computer bag. And that we need a copyeditor to make sure Babymouse always has a tail (yes, there is an "Official Tail-Checker".)


But, mostly, we've learned that it takes a team who believes in you. So, many thanks to the whole gang at Random House Childrens' Books (we're looking at you, Shana Corey and Cathy Goldsmith!) We couldn't make Babymouse--or Squish!--without you. 


Last but not least, a heartfelt thanks to our readers. You make us get out of bed in the morning ... and sometimes stay up late working all night.

Cupcakes for everyone!


--Jenni & Matt


p.s. Hope to see you at Comic-con!

Friday, July 6, 2012

There will be cosplay!


Team Babymouse will be easy to spot this year on the convention floor at SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON because  ...



... we will be wearing costumes designed by the fabulous Alette Mahler who is a costume designer for the Peninsula Youth Theatre!

Here's the full schedule of where we'll be. Come by and say "hi" (or "typical"!)

Thursday, July 12th
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
 “GRAPHIC NOVELS: THE BOOKSTORE CROWD” PANEL
Location: Room 23ABC
Details: The comics world looks at "mainstream comics" as the superhero crowd. But the real mainstream comics and graphic novels are in bookstores and created by a whole different crowd, one that lacks, for the most part, capes, powers, and spandex. Comics journalist Tom Spurgeon (comicsreporter.com) talks to Comic-Con special guests about their popular graphic novels that appeal to a more diverse audience in bookstores all over the world. 
Moderator: Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
Panelists: Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant), Alison Bechdel (Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama), Brecht Evens (The Wrong Place), Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Squish, Babymouse), Nate Powell (Any Empire), Jason Shiga (Empire State: A Love Story)

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
RH BOOTH SIGNING
Location: RH Booth #1515 
Details: We will be signing Babymouse for President and assorted Babymouse/Squish backlist. ARCs of SQUISH #4: CAPTAIN DISASTER and the exclusive SDCC poster will also available for signing.

Friday, July 13th
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT—“Babymouse: Inside the Bubble” panel 
Location: Room 8
Details: Babymouse swept onto the comic-book scene in 2005 and now has over 1.6 million copies in print. Join brother-and-sister team, Matthew & Jennifer Holm (Babymouse, Squish) as they discuss how they create their critically-acclaimed graphic novel series Babymouse, and their bestselling pond scum-green series, Squish. Q&A session moderated by Scott Robins (A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics). 

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
AUTOGRAPH AREA SIGNING
Location: Autograph Area, Table AA08

Saturday, July 14th
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
“Transforming Super-Powered Comic Book Readers into Comic Book Writers” PANEL
Location: Room 26AB 
Details: Panelists discuss the skills and rituals used to produce graphic novels and how educators can guide comic book readers to become comic book writers.
Moderator: Dr. Meryl Jaffe (Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth OnLine division, Teaching Content Area Graphic Novels)
Panelists: Joe Kelly (Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men, Action Comics, JLA, I Kill Giants), Jimmy Gownley (Shades of Gray, Amelia Rules), Jennifer and Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish), John Hogan (editor, Graphic Novel Reporter), Dr. Katie Monin (University of N. Florida, Teaching Graphic Novels), Dr. James Bucky Carter (UTEl Paso, Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels, Super Powered Word Study)

Sunday, July 15th
Today is Kids’ Day!
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
RANDOM HOUSE BOOTH SIGNING
Location: RH Booth #1515 


Thursday, July 5, 2012

It's the start of the election season and you know what that means ...

Presidential cupcakes, that is!




Babymouse is announcing her official candidacy on July 10th!  (And will also be pubbing  that day, too!)

p.s. Shhh ... that's a sneak peek of the new Babymouse plush doll from the fabulous folks at Merrymakers


p.p.s. Expect to see those awesome campaign buttons on the convention floor at SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON where Team Babymouse will be special guests! I will be updating with our full schedule in a few days, so stay tuned!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mr. Sharp!



Colby Sharp (aka Mr. Sharp Reads) is one of the bright lights of children's lit. He is the co-founder of The Nerdy Book Club and is living proof that Real Men Read Babymouse!

So, Happy Birthday, Mr. Sharp ... 



You make every day Babymousetastic.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lloyd Alexander!

I just learned that there is a Lloyd Alexander Kickstarter project! They are making a documentary about him. 




You know who he is, right? He is the amazing author who wrote my favorite book ...




Can you say swoon?


So go HERE and consider donating. I just did. They only have 17 days to go. My old friends Taran, Eilonwy, Doli, Gwydion, Fflewddur Fflam and Dallben will thank you. (And Gurgi. Who can forget Gurgi? Not me.)



Monday, June 11, 2012

Sometimes things do come back from the dead ...

The Creek is back!


My book, The Creek, which had gone out of print years ago (sob!) has been resurrected as an e-book  just in time for summer reading (whee!)  




... and it has a fabulous new cover by the incredibly multi-talented Elicia Castaldi!


About The Creek:
Caleb Devlin is a legend on Mockingbird Lane--the boy who terrorized an entire town before he got sent away. They say he hurt other kids, tortured animals, set fires, and did things grown-ups speak of only in whispers. But that was all before Penny and her little brother moved here. Now Caleb's back, older and more dangerous than ever, and terrible things have started happening again. The whole town knows he's responsible, but the police can't do anything without proof. So Penny and her friends have no choice but to try to stop him themselves. Except now he's after them.

Praise:
"Holm, author of several historical novels about girls grappling with puberty, gives the theme a contemporary twist, adding trappings of a creepy thriller that pushes the story well beyond the wan child-plays-detective stuff so prevalent in youth mysteries."
-Booklist

"Chock-full of creepy moments, genuine tragedy, and sinister secrets. It's a good thing the plot moves quickly, because this one is hard to put down."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"For middle schoolers hungry for horror fiction written on their level." 
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
 
CLICK HERE to try a sample or buy.







Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics!

Just in time for summer reading ...


My brother, Matt, and I get asked a lot to suggest graphic novels for kids. Luckily for comic readers everywhere, Snow Wildsmith and Scott Robins have done all the heavy lifting with their amazing new book:




A lot of our house favorites are in the guide including OwlyBenny & Penny, Courtney Crumrin, Elephant & Peggie, and the beloved Long Tail KittyComics are broken out by grade level with art excerpts so you get a real sense of style. I think this book will go a long way in helping adults choose comics for (and maybe even with!) the kids in their lives. 


Click HERE to learn more about how the book came to be.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

BooksmART Festival: Saturday, June 9!

Come on out to the BooksmART Festival at the Dallas Museum of Art this Saturday! It's a free event!



My brother, Matt, and I will be talking Babymouse and Squish. There may even be a sneak peak of the upcoming BABYMOUSE FOR PRESIDENT:





Sunday, June 3, 2012

What book made you fall in love with reading as a kid?

There's a great article at The San Francisco Chronicle discussing what books make kids fall in love with reading:


And, best of all, they mention BABYMOUSE!