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Archive for October, 2012

A Public Service Announcement: How to Trade Halloween Candy

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 Posted in Fun Clips | No Comments »


I'm passing this along, because it is brilliant and funny and easy for me to do. My thoughts go out to friends & family & everyone else contending with the ravages of this past storm, so I'm not sure how to ...

Pull with All Your Strength & Might

Monday, October 29th, 2012 Posted in Family | No Comments »


Just an aside, but: This was my wife, Lisa, Sunday afternoon. I was glad for my daughter to see it. Lisa is great &, over the years, we've saved a lot on towing costs. Carry on! #ilovestrongwomen

Sloppy Copy, Ugly Beginnings & the Sense of Smell

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 Posted in Scary Tales, the writing process | No Comments »


I could never write a book about writing well -- not smart enough, for starters -- but I can give you a glimpse into how it sometimes works for me. I don't speak from a pedestal; this missive comes from ...

Two More Quick Pass-Alongs for Teachers: The Passive Voice Explained, and Three Types of Rock

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


Do you find it challenging to teach the passive/active voice? Rebecca Johnson came up with a way that students will understand and, even better, enjoy. You can follow Rebecca on some new-fangled contraption called Twitter. So, for example: ACTIVE VOICE: Marilyn mailed ...

My New Mets Blog: 2 Guys Talking Mets Baseball

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, New York Mets | No Comments »


I have a friend whose mother is a huge fan of the New York Mets. Sadly, she's been losing the battle with Alzheimer's, can no longer live on her own, and often doesn't even recognize the face of her own ...

Truth Revealed: What Are These Folks Looking At?

Friday, October 19th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »


You have to love these photos taken by a hidden camera inside a haunted house at Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Canada. Hat tip to my friend Paul for the heads up, and the NY Daily News and Buzzfeed ...

Status Update: Spinning Plates

Thursday, October 18th, 2012 Posted in Scary Tales, the writing process | 1 Comment »


As you may know, I've been writing a new series for Feiwel & Friends. It my first return to writing a series since"Jigsaw Jones." These past six years I've published exclusively in hardcover: picture books, middle grade fiction, and young ...

On Lois Lowry and the Perils of The New York Times Comments Section

Monday, October 15th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Interviews & Appreciations | 1 Comment »


There was a nice piece on Lois Lowry, written by Dan Kois, in the October 3 edition of The New York Times. It's worth reading. I'm not a fanboy by nature, but with Lois Lowry I make an exception. I ...

Title Page Art: A PIRATE’S GUIDE TO RECESS

Monday, October 15th, 2012 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series) | No Comments »


Let's roll . . . Illustration by Greg Ruth, a piece of spot art that was originally intended for A Pirate's Guide to First Grade but didn't serve the story, so failed to make the cut. Greg brought it back as ...

Another Quick Pass-Along for Teachers

Thursday, October 11th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web | 1 Comment »


If you are on Facebook, maybe you've seen this already. But there are still some sane people out there. This is for you . . .