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Archive for July, 2008

Fan Mail Wednesday #8

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | 1 Comment »


Here's an unusual piece of email I received the other day: Dear Mr. Preller: My best friend has been reading your Jigsaw Jones series and she loves them. She is 60 years old but she likes to read juvenile mystery stories and ...

Is Google Making Us Stoopid?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 Posted in Readings | 2 Comments »


I just read a great article in The Atlantic that has stirred up some passionate, thoughtful debate on the internet. The article was written by Nicholas Carr and explores -- in very human, accessible terms -- "what the internet is ...

Song of the Week

Monday, July 28th, 2008 Posted in Music | No Comments »


I'm loving the song "Always a Friend" by the critically-acclaimed, criminally-overlooked songwriter, Alejandro Escovedo. In this clip, he joins Bruce Springsteen onstage -- a great gesture by Bruce, bringing Escovedo into the spotlight -- and the joy is palpable. "Nobody ...

Boy Plays Ball

Friday, July 25th, 2008 Posted in Six Innings | No Comments »


I wasn't going to blog today, but a friend in the Bay Area -- don't dare call it "Frisco" -- sent along a link to an article. She said it reminded her of me. The article was written by Carl ...

Coach Lapinski

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 Posted in Mighty Casey | No Comments »


Here's a piece of art by Matthew Cordell from our upcoming picture book, Mighty Casey (March, Feiwel & Friends). It's a rhyming story inspired by Ernest Thayer's "Casey At the Bat," borrowing the classic poem's rhythm and cadence, but relocated ...

For Mets Fans Only II

Monday, July 21st, 2008 Posted in New York Mets | 4 Comments »


There's a guy on the world wide web who specializes in imitating batting stances of famous and not-so-famous baseball players from every team in the MLB. Why doesn't this information surprise you? Here's one such clip featuring New York Mets, past ...

Getting Crowded, Getting Press

Monday, July 21st, 2008 Posted in Six Innings | No Comments »


Okay, people, you are all going to have to take a step back -- squeeze in, please -- we've got to make room in the blogosphere for one more author. I know it's tight, but I'm pretty sure this ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #7

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings | No Comments »


The Irish have an expression, "Flowers for the living." Basically: You don't have to wait for somebody to die before you say something nice about him, or her. It's nice to be on the receiving end of the sentiment. Here's ...

A Day in the Life

Monday, July 14th, 2008 Posted in Jigsaw Jones, Music, Six Innings | No Comments »


I just read about this in Rolling Stone and had to track it down on youtube. For the first time ever, Paul McCartney played the song "A Day in the LIfe" live in concert. It was especially significant because that's ...

Spider on the Blogs!

Monday, July 14th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider | 1 Comment »


A fresh copy of my upcoming book, Along Came Spider (Scholastic, August), arrived in the mail last week. That's a righteous moment for any author/illustrator: the first book off the presses! And always it's the same story. Your editor tells ...