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Good, Clean Fun: ANOTHER BROTHER Book Trailer

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Mighty Casey | 1 Comment »


I first learned of Matthew Cordell when he was hired to illustrate my picture book, MIGHTY CASEY. Despite Matt's great artwork, the book never really found an audience, and I guess it sort of died on the vine, as they ...

Let Kids Read Comic Books . . . D’uh!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 Posted in In the Classroom, Mighty Casey, The Gender Gap in Reading | 2 Comments »


Instead of "Let Kids Read Comic Books," I almost titled this entry, "Don't Be an Idiot." Because I can't believe this needs to be discussed anymore. Over at Imagination Soup, they ran a good piece with a solid message: "8 Reasons ...

Mighty Casey: Editorial Letter Excerpts

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 Posted in Mighty Casey, the writing process | 1 Comment »


I've been doing a lot of school visits, book signings, and book fairs over the past two months. It's been a lot of fun, distracting, joyful, happy, hard, and humbly rewarding. One of the highlights of my act -- between ...

James Preller Interviews . . . The Happy Nappy Bookseller

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Mighty Casey, Six Innings | 6 Comments »


I first encountered Doret Canton and her singular blog when I read this post back in May, 2008. She was saying nice things about my book, Six Innings, so, naturally, I fell madly in love. In today's world, that means: ...

Check Out My Interview

Saturday, March 28th, 2009 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Mighty Casey | 2 Comments »


Over at Feiwel and Friends, they are celebrating the publication of Mighty Casey like it's 1999. They are even blogging about it. Please click the link because Matthew Cordell just interviewed . . . me! Their blog is pretty great ...

A Few Links, etc.

Thursday, March 5th, 2009 Posted in Along Came Spider, Mighty Casey, School Visits | 3 Comments »


Been away on a school visit to Bailey Elementary in Dublin, Ohio, with Karen and Bill of Literate Lives. Since they've already threatened to blog about it, I'll refrain from much comment. Especially as I'm a little fuzzy in the ...

Reviews for Mighty Casey

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 Posted in Mighty Casey, School Visits | 1 Comment »


I've got a plane to catch today, hoping to meet up with Bill and Karen at Literate Lives for a two-day school visit. I'm really looking forward to it. When my kids were younger, I really didn't want to leave ...

Writing Mighty Casey

Thursday, January 15th, 2009 Posted in Mighty Casey, the writing process | 3 Comments »


Everybody is familiar with the classic poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, "Casey at the Bat," first published in 1888 in the San Francisco Examiner. That's 120 years ago. According to Wikipedia, Thayer was "so embarrassed by what he considered to ...

Around the Horn: The “Me, Me, Me!” Edition

Friday, November 21st, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider, Bystander, Mighty Casey | 2 Comments »


Weird confluence of things in a 24-hour period, with five books colliding. Let's recap: * In the mail yesterday, the first hot-off-the-presses copy of Mighty Casey! I love this book, it's beautifully published, and I'm so happy that it brought ...

James Preller Interviews . . . Matthew Cordell

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Mighty Casey | 3 Comments »


In the past, I've had the opportunity to interview many children’s book authors and illustrators. In the clumsily named The Big Book of Picture-Book Authors & Illustrators (the title was soooo not my idea), there are profiles of 75 different, ...