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Archive for June, 2008

William Steig: An Appreciation

Monday, June 30th, 2008 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations | No Comments »


"The fact that kids like a book is not proof of its merit. They also like all kinds of dreck confections with names like yo-yos, and animation full of senseless violence. Every kid is a potential genius but also a ...

For Mets Fans Only

Monday, June 30th, 2008 Posted in Mighty Casey, New York Mets | No Comments »


As my friend, the super-talented, ultra-cool illustrator Matthew Cordell says, a youtube clip is always an easy blog post. (I think it was Matthew who said it, or maybe Winston Churchill?) I don't know, I just find this song pretty funny. ...

A Child With Cancer

Thursday, June 26th, 2008 Posted in Six Innings | No Comments »


I think when you’ve had a child with cancer, as I have, certain things always make you cry. Forever after, you are prone to bouts of blubbering. Memories, little acts that touched you, stick into your heart and remain stuck ...

First Review: Along Came Spider!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider, Fun Clips | No Comments »


The process of getting a hardcover book published takes time. There's the idea, the talking about the idea, the research and rough notes, the first draft, the endless revision, the rejected covers, the final cover (see top of main ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #5

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


After taking a week off from the grueling schedule of Fan Mail Wednesday, it's time to get back in the saddle and ride. So let's turn that big wheel round and round -- please imagine a giant hamster wheel in ...

Nice Review

Monday, June 23rd, 2008 Posted in Six Innings | No Comments »


Just passing along a nice review for Six Innings that I found on the web today at a cool site dedicated to children's books. With nice comments like this, I'm worried that my head might explode. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEw5BiCa6EA] My reaction after finishing this ...

What’s On My iPod?

Friday, June 13th, 2008 Posted in Music | No Comments »


I've been a huge music fan all my life. As the youngest of seven children, born in 1961, I grew up with an amazing record collection right in my living room, combining the tastes of four older brothers and two ...

Good Company

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 Posted in Six Innings | No Comments »


A while back I heard from a librarian named Nan Hoekstra, who liked my book, Six Innings. She told me about her blog, anokaberry, where she writes about her favorite children's books. I recently found the time to check it ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #4

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


Yes, folks, it's Fan Mail Wednesday again. Can't you feel the excitement? Let's rumble through the big hopper and see what we've got . . Dear Mr Preller: My name is Curt. My sister Miranda & I would like to know if ...

Books for Boys

Monday, June 9th, 2008 Posted in Readings | No Comments »


A few weeks ago I heard from an old friend -- the indefatigable Leanna Landsmann, a woman I had worked with about twenty years ago on an educational project focused on "students at risk." Leanna is now writing a column ...