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!



Saturday, June 2, 2012

NERDY BOOK CLUB CONTEST!

ANNOUNCING ... 

THE BABYMOUSE FOR PRESIDENT CONTEST 
at
THE NERDY BOOK CLUB!

 

Head on over to The Nerdy Book Cub to join in the fun! And remember, a cupcake in every locker!



 Click here:

SQUISH #3: POWER OF THE PARASITE is out!

Get ready for summer vacation, because SQUISH: THE POWER OF THE PARASITE is now available in stores!


School's out! Everyone's favorite amoeba is headed to summer camp! But instead of SUPER AWESOME FUN, Squish's summer is turning out to be SUPER AWESOME TERRIFYING! For one thing, Squish can't swim. And to make matters worse, his new camp friend is a Hydra (scientific fact: A hydra's tentacles can paralyze you!).

Will Squish sink or will he swim this summer? (And what's up with Pod and black holes anyways??) Find out the answers to these questions and more in Squish's third super spectacular adventure—the Power of the Parasite! Summer reading has never been so slimey!