Monday, July 30, 2012

All I can say is...

...WOW! OLYMPIG! has been making waves recently, and I DON'T mean in the diving competition! Besides being featured in the New York Times Book Review, Boomer ALSO appeared in a roundup of Olympics children's books in USA Today! !!! Amazing! I am so honored and thrilled.

Speaking of honored and thrilled... My OLYMPIG! book launch party was this weekend, hosted by Portland independent children's bookstore, Green Bean Books. I love this bookstore! I've already posted a picture of their awesome Olympics window display:

The party on Saturday was held on their beautiful backyard patio. We made Olympic crafts, including medals and torches. You can check out some directions for Olympic crafts on my website if you missed the party!

Did I mention the backyard is amazingly beautiful?!?

We did some running and some dancing:

... and swimming!

Kids really seemed to enjoy their torches and medals. One young overachiever even made multiple medals, inspired by Michael Phelps.

If you missed this party, fear not- I'll also be doing a Kids' Storytime this Saturday, August 4th at Powell's City of Books, and I'll be visiting the Portland Children's Museum next Wednesday, August 8th!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer sketches

Here's a sketch I did at the park yesterday. Gosh, do I love grouchy kids.
More to come soon on OLYMPIG!- including my book launch party this Saturday! PLUS the real Olympics start on Friday!!! I am beside myself with excitement.

Monday, July 23, 2012

OLYMPIG! Book Trailer!

I have never posted a video before! I feel so high-tech. I also feel high-tech having created this book trailer for OLYMPIG! I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Pig Is Born

Hello! It's nice to be back here at the ol' blog post. The past two weeks have been a lovely celebration of weddings, babies, family and friends. And oh yes, in the midst of our vacation, OLYMPIG! was released!

Exciting things have been happening over the past two weeks, including... A REVIEW IN THE NEW YORK TIMES!!  Yes, you read that correctly. EEEEEEE! When my publicist at Dial first told me this was a possibility, my first reaction was nausea. Luckily, this was replaced quickly by happiness, and I realized I would be IN New York City when the Times piece came out! I thought it would be a great photo to be IN New York reading my review in the New York Times... and then I forgot. So instead, please enjoy this photo of me standing in front of the Cosby house. (It's in Manhattan, not Brooklyn. Who knew?!)

I have some more great reviews and interviews to share, but I am going to pace myself- something I did not do with the bagels and pizza I consumed in New York. Lesson learned. I WILL, however, indulge in some dessert:

AAAAAGHH! This may be the cutest thing I've ever seen! It's the window display at Green Bean Books, where I'll be having a launch party on Saturday, July 28th at 2pm. Come one, come all!