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Here are some samples from The Boy Who Was Swallowed by a Tiger and The Thing with No Head ebooks which will be out on Apple’s iBookstore in October. They feature a more straight ahead ‘cartoony’ style and give me an opportunity to indulge in drawing crosshatched lines.  One is told in verse, in fact I’m still editing it…the other a simple prose style with a folktale flavor. Click on them to see them larger.


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Well, it’s the day of the cover reveal for Tim Federles’s picture book Tommy Can’t Stop over at the School Library Journal  – so here at the Mark Blog are the F&G’s I got to look through. So great to see Tim’s wonderful book – as an actual book. I can’t wait to see it in on book shelves and in the hands of kids. The kid below loved Tim’s book, I’ll tell you that. Every time I mentioned this book to the audiences I spoke to last week, there was a ton of excitement. Net April can’t come soon enough!

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The ebooks I’m working on have final covers. Now I’m just proofing the interiors again. I’m sure you will be sick of hearing about them by the time they come out in October. But It’s been fun to write, design and illustrate some books that are driven by something I’d like to see, but they may not have a broad audience. That’s one issue that I think about a lot. I am often taken by ideas and projects that are not going to resonate with a large audience (see Robot Boys!). Sometimes they can be altered and revised to work in a new way that opens them up. But sometimes they just are what they are.  I have learned a great deal seeing this through so I am excited to use these little ‘hobbies’  to try things that are a little more edgy.

 

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TGTEbooksThe Great Thanksgiving Escape, the best picture book ever written about Thanksgiving (OK, that’s subjective), is being shipped. So go order a copy now before we run out.

Order at:

BARNES and NOBLE

or AMAZON

or POWELLS

or INDIE BOUND

or visit my website for for in-depth and behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the book…OK, honestly, there’s not a lot of behind the scenes that doesn’t involve me sitting and painting, so that would be boring. But there is more info about me and the book.

The important part is to order copies for everyone in your extended family.

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beanbean2How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans was recently picked by Parade Magazine as a top food-themed picture book! I illustrated David LaRochelle’s wonderful yarn and am thrilled to see that the book continues to gather new readers.

Check out the list from the page linked here. It’s a slide like list of the top books including Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and some book about Green Eggs and Ham.

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I updated my website with info about my next book, The Great Thanksgiving Escape, which escapes in September from dank, dark warehouses.

It’s a Thanksgiving story. I hope the title didn’t give that away.

The first review ran for it in Kirkus, and they said very nice things and I could breathe again – so I guess I can start my publicity push…which mainly focuses on me walking around town with a copy of the book under my arm and when people look at me I say – “I noticed you seem interested in my NEW book!” and I read it to them. Out loud. After all, picture books are meant to be read aloud. This does lead to some delays and frequent calls to the police, especially when I do this while I’m in line at the grocery check-out at around 5:30.

OK. That’s not true. That’s not ALL my promotional ideas. I also super glue several copies of the book to the outside of my car and I update my website and blog.

OK. Sadly enough, my main publicity idea is updating my blog and website.

And the radio ads I’m taking out for it.

 

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How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans was selected as a Wanda Gág ‘Read Aloud’ Honor Book for 2014! This award is given out by the Curriculum Materials Center of the Livingston Lord Library, Minnesota State Universuty, Moorehead, Minnesota.

Martha is a terrific read aloud book for story-times. I’ve seen the results! And that last page turn is always terrific. Congrats to Mr. LaRochelle again on penning such an inspired tale or goofiness!

 

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