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Archive for April, 2010

Jigsaw Jones, The Musical: Both Thumbs, Way Up

Friday, April 30th, 2010 Posted in Current Events, Happenings, Jigsaw Jones, School Visits | 1 Comment »


I want to share a few photos and give my belated reaction to seeing the musical, Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown. From left to right in the above photo: Benjamin K. Glaser (Jigsaw Jones), Jill Kurzner (Helen/Athena), ...

Cellphone Novels

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 Posted in Around the Web, the writing process | No Comments »


My friend, author/illustrator Matt McElligott, tipped me off to this remarkable publishing fact: In 2007, half of the top ten bestselling novels in Japan were written on cell phones. I repeat: WRITTEN ON CELL PHONES! Many articles have been written about the phenomenon, ...

Entenmann’s & Dad: Part 2, from memory to realistic fiction

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 Posted in Family, Jigsaw Jones, the writing process | 2 Comments »


In a previous post, I wrote about memories of my father, specifically the kinds of food he used to buy when grocery shopping. Scroll down or click here to backtrack to it. I'll wait. Now let's see how that family memory -- from ...

Entenmann’s & Dad: Part 1, from memory to realistic fiction

Monday, April 26th, 2010 Posted in Family, Greatest Hits, the writing process | 4 Comments »


Though sudden, it didn't feel traumatic when my father died a few years back. He was in his 80's and, well, it seemed about right. He went the way he wanted to go, puttering around in the yard. Then gone. ...

Music Video Weekend: Tracey Thorn, “Oh, the Divorces!”

Saturday, April 24th, 2010 Posted in Music | No Comments »


"Who's next? Who's next? Always the ones that you least expect." Today I'm not going to try to illuminate, educate, or pontificate. Which, come to think of it, leaves my cupboard bare. No, folks, we're here to hear an amazing NEW song -- ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #86 (Thursday Edition)

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


Below, a nice note from a young marshmallow enthusiast! But first, take a gander: Illustration by Jamie Smith. Dear Mr. Preller, I like you and your books! Jigsaw Jones is cool! They are my favorite books to look for at the library. My ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #85

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings, Uncategorized | No Comments »


When it comes to fan mail, I've been a bad, bad boy. So let's get to work! Hello, My name is Bobbie P. and I am a fifth grade student. I read your book Six Innings and thought it was a good ...

COMING MAY 1st: “The 2nd Annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival” — Highly Recommended!

Monday, April 19th, 2010 Posted in Current Events | 6 Comments »


I don't know how to say this except for . . . You should go. YOU should go. You SHOULD go. Really, you should go. It's a great event. And an absolute privilege that it's up in our neck of the woods ...

The Betsy Bird/Katherine Hepburn Conundrum, “Librarian Lays Down the Law” . . . and “The Hollywood Librarian” DVD

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 Posted in Around the Web, Fun Clips | 2 Comments »


"We'll just put the books . . . ANYWHERE!" -- from the film, "Party Girl." Question: Why does this image from "Desk Set," starring Katherine Hepburn as librarian Bunny Watson, remind me of Elizabeth Bird? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? While I've got you, ...

Overheard: “He’s a skinnymalink!”

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 Posted in Family | 1 Comment »


I recently took Gavin and Maggie down to Greeport, Long Island, to visit my 84-year-old mother. At one point she said of Gavin, "He's a skinnymalink!" I can't vouch for the spelling of that. I've seen it written as two words, ...