Check out the cover reveal for VACATION FOR DEXTER, book 3 in the Dexter T. Rexter Series! I’m so excited to share Dexter’s next adventure with you all!
Dexter T. Rexter is on a plane—for the very first time.
Dexter can’t wait to go on vacation with his best friend, Jack. Supercool orange sunglasses? Check. Nifty travel hat? Check. Plane tickets? Uh, what? Dexter may be the toughest, coolest dinosaur around, but everyone knows T. rexes don’t fly! If anyone could do it, he could. It’s just that he’s suddenly feeling a little hot. And maybe a little nervous. But just as he starts to melt down, he notices Jack looks upset. Dexter realizes he has to be brave enough for both of them. And maybe, just maybe, he’ll start to have a bit of fun in the air.
Both nervous and funny, Dexter tells the readers what he’s feeling and even asks their advice as he comes to understand that being brave with a friend makes everything a little better. And hey, those cookies during the flight don’t hurt, either!
Available April 16th, 2019!
To pre-order your copy of VACATION FOR DEXTER, click here!
Dexter T. Rexter is back! And this time he’s headed to Show and Tell with Jack. Check out It’s Show and Tell, Dexter! available July 15th, 2018 from Two Lions!
To pre-order your copy of It’s Show and Tell, Dexter! click here.
“In his second outing, Dexter, a toothy, orange dinosaur toy, is freaking out about show-and-tell day at his owner, Jack’s, school. Dexter’s anxiety peaks—with psychosomatic symptoms such as “tummyache” and “clammy claws”—as he questions his self-worth: “What if Jack doesn’t think I’m cool enough for Show and Tell anymore?” Happily, Dexter nails it by just being himself. Ward’s gentle art features cut-paper forms with residual pencil outlines, providing an ad hoc quality to the spreads. Readers prone to anxiety over big events should be tickled by the idea that a toy has concerns too. Ages 3–7. (July)” –Publisher’s Weekly
I am so excited to announce that the New York City Children’s Theater will once again be running their production of PLEASE BRING BALLOONS this fall and winter. Check out the list of show dates below:
Sunday, September 17th
Sunday, September 24th
Sunday, October 1st
Sunday, November 5th
Sunday, November 12th
Sunday, November 19th
Sunday, November 26th
Sunday, December 3rd
Sunday, December 10th
For tickets click here!
Today is the day! My newest picture book, BROBARIANS, is officially out and I’m so excited to share it with all of you. To order, click here.
One of my favorite things about being a children’s book author/illustrator is seeing how young readers experience my books. I received a lovely email from a teacher here in Ohio who has been teaching Please Bring Balloons in her classroom for the last couple years. Each time she does the unit with a new group of students she shares the artwork with me. Today, it made my day. Look at these adorable kiddos and their beautiful artwork. Keep in mind these are second graders. Look how amazing their artwork is! So impressed. Thank you to all the kids at Buckeye Elementary for sharing your lovely artwork with me.
To say that last summer was crazy would be an understatement. Within a matter of three months I finished Brobarians and we sold our house. By the end of the summer, we were in tow with a baby and dog and no place to live (our house sold much faster than we anticipated). Thankfully our parents were willing to take us in until we could close on a new house (we bid and lost out on FOUR houses until we found our current house, which was totally worth the wait, but still it was crazy!) Here’s a look at some of the photos I took while making Brobarians last summer:
The beginning of making a picture book. Lots of staring at a wall filled with drawings.
This was the first color sample I did for Brobarians.
The tiniest Brobarian you’ve ever seen!
Making a Brobarian in cut paper (back + front!)
Illustrating my own dog Sally into the book.
Seen here with her own Brobarian.
Adding in the rain.
In order to make the Map of Brobaria endpapers look like it was actually drawn by a kid, I drew it left-handed. It was much harder than I thought it would be.
The red squares = complete. This is how I kept track of which spreads I had finished as I typically don’t work chronologically.
The aftermath of a picture book. I’m usually finding bits of paper from a book months after I’ve finished it. The paper gets EVERYWHERE!
Not to worry, even thought I finished the book, I still have my own little Brobarian who keeps me on my toes.
Until next time,