You are what you eat. In October!

This is an older short story I wrote and illustrated. I’ve posted this before but I know there are always new readers visiting this blog thus the repost. It’s a quick and delicious read.














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October Rainy Days

An older painting that seems to fit Ok  with my agenda to post October appropriate art every day this month even though I have little time to do NEW October appropriate art.


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Trick or Treat


Well, no, there won’t be a chicken book for Halloween. Not quite. But Chicken Story Time will be out in December which is of course the traditional month to celebrate chickens. Is it?

Here’s a review of Chicken Story Time from Publishers Weekly. 

And here is what they wrote if you’re not in the mood to click on links:

“Children will know that they are in for some poultry-themed hijinks from the first page of this off-kilter story, as a chicken spots a poster for “story time at the library.” As kids stream into the library, the chicken gives readers a knowing glance—she’s ready to make her move. She’s friendly (“The children like the chicken. The chicken likes the children”), well-behaved, and attentive, so the librarian is chill about it (after all, “everyone loves story time”). But as chickens and kids show up in ever-larger numbers (one chicken even slips in through the book return slot), crowd control becomes difficult and proper library behavior goes out the window. What’s a librarian to do? Asher’s (Here Comes Gosling!) poker-faced, repeating text (“One library. One story. Many children. Many chickens”) offers the perfect setup for Fearing’s wonderfully silly and well-choreographed cartooning, which proves that children and chickens are equally skilled at creating chaos. And the resolution points to another advantage of becoming a reader: you can lead a cross-species story time yourself. Ages 3–5. Illustrator’s agent: Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary. (Dec.)”



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October inspired art posts continue

I was working on a picture book which inspired this painting. I never finished the manuscript but I did finish this painting.


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More witches in October

Painting number 1 … This was one of the very first paintings I put into my picture book portfolio. It’s a two page spread and it’s a little, extreme. I later made a postcard that probably permanently scarred many young art directors.

Maybe it doesn’t properly demonstrate my warm and fuzzy personality…


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October Picture Books

October marches on. Speaking of non-halloween, Halloween books here’s one of my earlier picture books. A Very Witchy Spelling Bee.


This book changed names and editors while I worked on it, but it has some of my most favorite pages I’ve ever painted. I love how the characters turned out. It felt nicely informal and highly emotive. I can ‘feel’ the pencil lines and it doesn’t feel overworked.






A Very Witchy Spelling Bee is still available. It’s got a great scary twist for spelling books.


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Fishing in October

This was a postcard I sent out to overworked art directors and editors pleading with them to hire me to work on any books about — kids who fish and catch monsters I guess.

New art will be posted as soon as I empty out all the old monsters!


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