What a treat!
Thank you, Asheville, NC’s Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, for inviting me for Halloween storytime.
Jax Beach kindergarteners! Thank you for sharing, San Pablo Creek Librarians and Jax Beach teacher, Miss Chimmichai.
Or rather, at the very civilized Williamsburg Regional Library‘s recommended check-out table, where the storytime theme was all about shapes. Thank you, friend Katy, for sharing!
A BIG thanks!
A huge grin and enormous gratitude to Mrs. Shepard and the Kindergarten and First Grade students of Lambert-Lavoie Elementary in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Your signed, handmade, 3-feet-tall note is tremendous!
Thank YOU, Connor…
…for the best note an author might read.
11/4: This five-year-old is just learning to read, so when his mom saw him reading on his own, she grabbed her phone. And when I saw why, I kind of melted. Words + Art = Reading = Magic.
10/30: Look what these kindergarteners in Ohio created, inspired by the robots! Thanks so much for sharing, Paintbrush Rocket. I love that your students “LOVED” the book, and found it “VERY silly and perfect motivation!”
9/30: Thanks so much for the kind words, Jasmine Marshall and Rona Brinlee. Peek: “Rona Brinlee, a former contributor to NPR’s Independent Bookseller’s Recommendations and The BookMark‘s owner, says, “These books contain universal themes … that kids always love! They stand on their own because they’re so timeless. They’ve got all the makings of a classic.”
Back to the drawing board. And the keyboard. And the drawing board. And….
9/1: Ahh, the writing/drawing/rewriting/revising life.
6/22: Librarians are superheroes in disguise. Thank you, Laura, Department Head of the Children’s Library at Copley Square, for sharing Robot and Robot with your readers. U R A-1 in my book(s)!
4/11: Want to play with other people’s words? Then join me in a cento or two! (Books are so much fun!)
10/20: What a special delivery! KLA kindergarteners of Miami, Florida, U R A-1 in my book.
10/9: Read. Laugh. Burp. Laugh. Read. Laugh. Repeat. Because what else would you do on Family Literacy Night? Thank you, Chets Creek gentlemen (and dad). You’re what it’s all about. No kidding.
9/24: In the hallways of Gainesville’s Charles W. Duval Elementary, kindergarten robots danced. And in the library, they burped with the first-graders! Bravo, Mrs. Mosby and students!
9/10: At the Miss America Preliminaries, it was Beauty and the Alphabelch. (Or rather, Alphaletter.)
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Interview with Mr. Colby Sharp
8/28: Teacher, reading champion, and blogger extraordinaire, Mr. Colby Sharp, asks five questions, where I “have to answer one with five sentences, one with four sentences, one with three, one with two, and one with one.” Thank you, Mr. Sharp!
8/25: Good job, burps. You’ve inspired “screaming, laughing, multiple readings on a daily basis – it NEVER gets old!” and an “art project she thought of herself.” Not too bad for a body function!
…than from a first-grader who had struggled with reading. Thank YOU! (And way to go, Bots.)
5/30: Thank YOU, Dear First-Graders, for sharing your fears and hopes and thoughts on burps and babies and aliens and pie and princesses and monsters and even “unreal things.” U R A-1.
5/15: Thank you, students and teachers at the Beaches Habitat for Humanity. Honored to have been a part of your end-of-year art celebration!
3/28: Please rest assured, the bots love you, too.
3/26: Megappreciation to these young readers (and their smartyparents) in North Carolina.
To enter to win a personalized book and a set of alphabet-and-numbers foam stickers, please go here before Sunday, 3/16.
Update, 3/26: Giveaway winner is Akiko from Texas, who claims her own little one can not only belch the alphabet, but also the National Anthem.
3/3: As long as you keep reading, I’ll keep drawing and writing. Thanks to all who celebrated the book’s BURPday with us. You made the day a party.
3/1: Please join us for the book’s launch tomorrow, March 2nd, at 2:00 at The BookMark. We’ll read, count, have treats, win prizes, and act like wild … machines. Affirmative?
2/14: We know that bots have hearts, ’cause ours are melting. Thank you, Cortez and Jonas.
2/8: Though the Aliens in competition come from a book by my beloved agent, you might know who I’d pick. Thank you, Ms. Bryce, for your second-grade outreach, including using with the Common Core in Math and Language Arts. Not to mention, this free download.
2/7: Thank you, Dear Special Deliverer.
1/25: Pre-order your ROBOT BURP HEAD SMARTYPANTS! through The BookMark* before February 25 and get a signed and personalized copy, a custom-made alphabet-and-robots print ready for an 8″ x 10″ frame** AND that elemental I-just-supported-an-independent-bookstore feeling. Please call 904-241-9026 or email bkmark (at) bellsouth (dot) net with the appropriate names. Affirmative, fellow pantsers?
*I’m also a bookseller here, and I believe that when we shop small, our community gains big.
**I’m told it makes a great baby gift, too, especially given to or from a big brother or sister. But you’re a smartypants. You already know that.
1/5/14: The pals of Indie Next Pick and Buckeye Children’s Book Award Nominee, ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN!, return February 25th with a new game. Burp to ten? Easy! Burp by tens while blindfolded, juggling and skateboarding? Simple! Now, add the alphabet? REBOOT!
…a book can be…
12/27: Over at Mr. Schu’s this weekend, we’re talking books, reading, school libraries and more. (Plus, he’ll give away a copy of ROBOT BURP HEAD SMARTYPANTS! when it pubs.) Join us?
12/27: Children’s, Tween and Teen Librarian, GreenBeanTeenQueen, finds that, “Robots have always been a popular topic in children’s literature, but it seems like the last two years, robots have taken over picture books! I first noticed it with one of my favorite books of 2012, ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN!”
Dear GreenBeanTeenQueen, we’re happy to hear you say, “This is a trend I can fully get behind!”
12/5: …to make a book, and I’m ever so grateful for mine. With two of the villagers of Candlewick, editor Mary Lee and production guru, Gregg.
11/23: Students and teachers at The Childhood League Center of Columbus, Ohio, were inspired to create art (and one GIANT robot) after reading ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN!. But oh, you CLC-ers. You’re the real deal.
9/10: “I love an easy craft project that my boys of varied ages can all do together. They had a terrific time with this one!” says blogger Heidi of Read ‘Em And Leap. I had a terrific time, too, just looking at their terrific creations!
8/3: Excited to share a sneak peek at more robot silliness: ROBOT BURP HEAD SMARTYPANTS!, coming from Candlewick Press in February, 2014.
7/25: Last weekend, the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital read Jack’s book to 224 attendees at their Service of Remembrance. Each family took home a copy. Thank you, Sheila, Jess, and Jack, for honoring Libby and her memory.
Do you believe in picture books, too? Would you like to tell the world why? To share your own video with Candlewick Press, click here for more info.
Literacy Launchpad starts the season with fun!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! and THANK YOU! to this young reader from Brooklyn, NY, who chose to celebrate by sharing Robot and Robot with her kindergarten class.
The fabulous Henry Cole meets Robot and Robot.
“Looking for the perfect present for that special 4 or 5 year old in your life? Well here it is. Because NOTHING SAYS LOVE LIKE ZOMBIES.” (Thank you, Melissa. We HEART you, too!)
Then look behind this super cool student!
(Jax Beach Elementary, thank YOU for a super SUPER cool visit!)
…he creates fun. Like Robot Zombie Santa Claus! (Wonder if he has eight tiny robot zombie reindeer?) Thanks, Erik. We give you FIVE OUT OF FIVE BOOKWORMS, too!
I’m geeking out: So honored to be included in Wired.com’s GeekMom Gift Guide. Fun stuff!
Thank you, Sarah, for saying ROBOT ZOMBIE FRANKENSTEIN! is one of your “favorite picture books of all time.”
Recently, the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, Gainesville, hosted a children’s book event called WRITTEN INSPIRATION. I don’t know about the other kids, but impromptu performances by Betty and her friend as Robot and Robot left this one inspired.
Last Saturday’s Halloween parade at the Beaches Town Center brought a couple of trickster-ers into The BookMark. They wore disguises, but we knew their true identities: young Robot and Robot! With pie! And fork!
Thank you, Donavon and Ingrid (and parents), for the sweetest treat. We gave you candy, but you took my heart.
Today’s Mama suggests Halloween might be the perfect time for an art project. Affirmative! Thanks, Cole and Mollie, for making robots with feeling.
Please head over to the blog of children’s author Tara Lazar, read my mumblings, enter for a giveaway to be awarded September 26, and see if you can relate. Meanwhile, I’ll look for the camera Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman have hidden in my house.
Want to win a signed book, plus a kid-sized chef’s hat and apron? Head over to Jama’s Alphabet Soup, and we’ll feast! *Update, September 5: Winner is Adrienne! Thank you, Jama, Adrienne, and everyone who played with us!
It was a sweet visit to Austin and BookPeople. For storytime, we had…
…sugar cookies that looked like cherry pies from Quack’s, and…
…robot parts that tasted like orange shortbread from dear friend, Sharon Crawford.
Later, former neighbors shared a pie.
Mega appreciation to those who celebrated with us on April 29th at The BookMark in Neptune Beach, Florida. Pie and pie-ish treats for all robot buddies!
Surprise guests: my parents, who drove three and a half hours, stayed half an hour, drove back. Gotta love those crazy kids.