Summer Vacation + A New School Year and New Books!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted. And I don’t have a good excuse, I’ve had most of the summer off. Over the summer, my wife and I celebrated our 25-year wedding anniversary in the Dominican Republic. We had such a fantastic time swimming in a large pool that wrapped the resort. We visiting locals, toured a coconut plantation, and I even got to wear a cool lizard on my head! Please see photos below.



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Also this year, I had two new books publish. Par-Tay! Dance of the Veggies (And Their Friends), written by the legendary Eloise Greenfield published with Alazar Press in April. Par-Tay! was a lot of fun to illustrate. But I do get asked about the spelling of “Par-Tay!” Honestly, you’d have to ask the author about the spelling, but my guess is that it came from the old-school song by KC and the Sunshine Band Do You Want to go . . . PARTY! Listen.



This past July, Stalebread Charlie and the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band, written by Michael Mahin, published with Clarion. The book is set in the backdrop of New Orleans, circa 1900, about seven homeless street kids who, using junk-made instruments, invented a new genre of music called Spasm. Here’s a picture of the real life boys! Below is a picture of me from earlier this summer debuting the book right where the story began, in the area of Old New Orleans!



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I hope you will enjoy both of my new books, and look forward to another coming in October. No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas, written by Tonya Bolden, has already garnered a starred review from Kirkus, and is a Junior Library Guild Selection for the fall of 2018. Enjoy!