The Picture Book Buzz

September 29, 2017

How come fairy tale characters are so naive? But what if they weren't? Wouldn't it be more interesting if they were more realistic, even maybe a little snarky? In re-imagining this fairy tale, Josh Funk creates an amazing fractured fairy tale that breaks the fourth wall. Envisioning Jack...

September 25, 2017

And the hits just keep coming!

My next guest exploded into the picture world with Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast in 2015. Josh Funk's fifth book, in two years, It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk, hit the shelves last Tuesday! And he has announced five - yes FIVE - upcoming books!

But all t...

September 22, 2017

The rain has returned to the Pacific Northwest and the animals and bees are scurrying around collected the last of the food and pollen before it starts freezing. Having been so dry this summer, I am thankful for the rain.

As the weather and the house cool down, smells of fresh pies and cob...

September 18, 2017

Today, I have the pleasure of talking with a local author and amazing artist Toni Yuly. Many of you may know Toni from her board books EARLY BIRD and NIGHT OWL.

 Toni, thank you for joining me to talk about your newest book and illustrating.

Sure thing!  Thank you Maria.

ME: Tell us a little...

September 15, 2017

Besides the house that I swear was haunted, one of my most memorable babysitting moments revolves around the question - WHY? My 15-year old self spent three hours, often wishing time really would fly, trying to answer "Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why don't birds fly at ni...

September 11, 2017

First, I have a little business to take care of. Congratulations to the winners of Penny Parker Klostermann's A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE:

Patricia Tilton

Vivian Kirfield

Now, it is my pleasure today to introduce you to the award winning author of Escargot - Dashka Slater. Whose newest picture bo...

September 8, 2017

Friendship, back to school, and Halloween what a great mash-up. Bring your favorite Halloween characters - skeletons, witches, Frankenstein, and mummies - back to their impish childhood and you get a hilarious tale packed with puns, repetition and internal rhymes that begs for multiple re...

September 6, 2017

To continue this week's special treat, we have the illustrator of Bonaparte Falls Apart visiting to talk to us a bit about illustrating this book and illustrations in general. He is an illustrator who loves to blog, vlog, teach, and of course illustrate. Will has illustrated about 31 pict...

September 5, 2017

This week, I have a very special, extra treat - two special interviews of author Margery Cuyler and illustrator Will Terry and a book review for their new release BONAPARTE FALLS APART.

I would like to introduce a prolific and generous author (having written over 50 books) and former edito...

September 4, 2017

First things first, little bee books generously offered four books in a giveaway bonanza associated my interview & the release of Miranda Paul's The Great Pasta Escape. It is my great pleasure to announce the winners:

The Great Pasta Escape - Jill Proctor

The Great Pasta Escape - Teres...

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