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Fan Mail Wednesday #176: The Video!

Monday, February 24th, 2014 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), Fan Mail | No Comments »


This one comes with a book trailer! Kelsey, who has her own blog, writes: I really enjoy your book. I am a student in edm 310 at the Univerity of South Alabama. My assignment this week was to make a book trailer. ...

Two Images I Love, and Why I Love Them

Friday, November 8th, 2013 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), Scary Tales | No Comments »


For starters, apologies to the artists, Iacopo Bruno (SCARY TALES #3: Good Night, Zombie) and Greg Ruth (A Pirate's Guide to Recess). The art represented below might make them sick to the heart; I can only guess. The shots below were ...

If You Really Want to Talk Like a Pirate . . .

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series) | No Comments »


Wake Up, It’s Pub Day!

Monday, June 17th, 2013 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series) | 2 Comments »


Today is the official "pub day" for A PIRATE'S GUIDE TO RECESS. You can run out and buy a dozen copies right now. There's nothing stopping you any longer. You are free to go. And thanks for your support. You can buy 'em by the ...

A Favorite Illustration

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series) | No Comments »


Greg Ruth created a lot of great illustrations for our upcoming book, A Pirate's Guide to Recess, but I have to say that the one above has a special place in my heart. Not because it's the "best," but that ...

Starred Review, A PIRATES GUIDE TO RECESS (Coming Soon!)

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series) | No Comments »


It's been a good week for reviews. Publishers Weekly just gave my new picture book -- illustrated by Greg Ruth -- a starred review. Eager readers can meet Greg at the Eric Carle Museum on June 8th. In the meantime, ...

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 ...

PIRATE’S GUIDE Sequel, In Which Red Meets His Match

Monday, September 17th, 2012 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), the writing process | No Comments »


Here's a touch of art from Greg Ruth, the amazing artist behind A Pirate's Guide to First Grade and the upcoming sequel, A Pirate's Guide to Recess. I had an interesting experience writing this one, because it was the first time ...

This Morning’s Sweet Photo

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series) | No Comments »


A friend sent along this note . . . "He fell asleep reading your book. I couldn't resist a photo."

Sneak Peak #1: A Pirate’s Guide to Recess

Thursday, May 24th, 2012 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), Uncategorized | No Comments »


Avast, ye scallywags! Greg Ruth is currently illustrating the sequel to A Pirate's Guide to First Grade, in which we take it out to the playground and introduce fierce Captain Molly. Look for A Pirate's Guide to Recess (Macmillan) in the ...