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Archive for April, 2009

Hudson Children’s Book Festival: May 16th

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 Posted in Current Events, School Visits | No Comments »


Come join us for the 1st Annual Hudson Children's Book Festival on Saturday, May 16th. I'll be there along with actual luminaries, such as: Donald Crews, Michelle Knudsen, Fran Manushkin, Emily Arnold McCully, Coleen Paratore, Charles Smith, Seymour Simon, Hudson ...

My Life as a Fashion Trendsetter: Brad and I

Monday, April 27th, 2009 Posted in Family, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »


On our recent family vacation to the Southwest, we hit some unexpected nasty weather in Taos, New Mexico. Middle of April: Snow. Yuck. Our plan for that day had been to see the Taos Pueblo, take a hike down a ...

Friday Fun Clip

Friday, April 24th, 2009 Posted in Fun Clips | No Comments »


Just some nutty, creative fun on a Friday. [youtube:www.youtube.com/watch?v=bduQaCRkgg4] Hat tip to Dennis Cass for bringing this clip to our attention.

Husbands and Wives: A Quick Story

Friday, April 24th, 2009 Posted in Family | 1 Comment »


My daughter, Maggie, age eight, had a long-standing appointment with the orthodontist (note to self: write faster!). But as the date neared, my wife, Lisa, realized she'd be unable to bring Maggie to the appointment. So she called the receptionist. Wife: "Hi, ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #39 & #40

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 Posted in Fan Mail, the writing process | No Comments »


Okay, it's time for my lovely, sleek, sequin-bedazzled assistant, Bert, to crank that handle on the big wheel and we'll see what letters rise to the top this week. I am writing you an email with my student, Ryan, whom you ...

Times Article, Columbine, Picture Book Countdown, and Some Vacation Photos

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 Posted in Bystander, Current Events, Family | No Comments »


It's Tuesday the 21st, and I'm back at the desk, working under a deadline. I have to admit that I'm not in Full-On Blogger Mode -- it's like I've forgotten how -- but here's what's up exactly now. I'm still stunned ...

. . . and Friends?

Friday, April 17th, 2009 Posted in Bystander | 7 Comments »


I got a fat package in the mail yesterday, sent by my editor at Feiwel & Friends, Liz Szabla. It contained their Fall 2009 catalog, along with ARCs for eight upcoming novels: Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin In the ...

Away on Vacation

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 Posted in Family | 2 Comments »


Squander your free time somewhere else -- because we're away on vacation! Back in business by the 20th. These are some of the places where we're going, and we're very excited: [gallery]

Worst Book Cover Ever: Passover Edition

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 Posted in Readings | 1 Comment »


A few faithful readers might recall this October post, which nominated a title for worst book cover ever. Well, my friend Alan recently emailed with another strong contender -- and just in time for Passover. Um, gee, no thanks. I’m not really ...

School Visits: Some Photos

Sunday, April 5th, 2009 Posted in School Visits | 2 Comments »


Here's some photos from a recent school visit to Jefferson Elementary, in Schenectady, New York (but it sure looked like Rotterdam to me). We had a great day, thanks largely to the efforts of the tireless Beth Bini and the ...