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Say Hello to Big Sam

I have another book coming out in August. Say ‘Hello’ to Big Sam, the giant. Sam has to make a giant challah for Rosh Hashanah, enough to feed all his friends. He has a lot of them and some are pretty big. On the other hand, the Grand Canyon makes a fine mixing bowl and […]

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A Surprise On My Doorstep

I opened the door this morning to find a box of books on my front porch. The publisher usually sends a box of 10 or 20 books to the author and the artist when a new book or a new edition comes out. This box contained copies of my Book of Greek Myths in Portuguese […]

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Always Working On Something!

This has been a busy spring so far. I’ve been busy working on several new books. Yesterday I finished revising the proposal for a third Scarlett and Sam adventure. This time they’ll have an undersea adventure with Jonah the prophet (a very unpleasant fellow.) Everyone talks about Jonah and the Whale. There’s no whale in the […]

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A Real Bike

Spent yesterday reviewing the sketches for the illustrations for a new book coming out next year. It’s called If I Had A Real Bike. It follows a simple story. Our hero wants to move up from a baby bike to a “real” bike. There are so many different kinds. Which kind shall it be? Road […]

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New Adventures for Scarlett and Sam

It’s always a challenge when you finish a major project. There’s always a bit of a let-down. What do I do next? The manuscript for Scarlett and Sam’s second Bible adventure, The Search for the Shamir, has been put to bed. This one will feature King Solomon, Nathan the Prophet, and Ashmodai, king of the demons. […]

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New Books!

This is turning into an exciting season. Three new books have come out. The first was Rattlestiltskin. A few weeks ago I received my author copies for Little Red Rosie. Yesterday, the FedEx man delivered another box of books to the house. I opened it at once. Inside were the copies of Gabriel’s Horn, my […]

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Going International

Some interesting things have happened lately. I received a request for permission to reprint one of my favorite stories, The Magic Dreidels, in Russian. The book has been out-of-print for several years. I immediately wrote to the illustrator, my good friend Katya Krenina, to share the good news, although I suspected she had already heard. […]

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Back From The Coast

I just returned home from four days at the Oregon Coast. I spent the first three days at Warrenton Grade School, just southwest from Astoria. Kathi Merritt, the librarian, has been a good friend of mine for years. This is the fourth time she’s had me visit. An added plus is that I got to […]

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Hershel Chair and Puppets

Sasha Lauterbach, the librarian at the Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, MA, sent me the most remarkable email. Back in 2000, her students decorated library chairs to go with their favorite books. You’re not only reading a story when you sit down in her libary; you’re sitting on one. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins has […]

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The Runaway Tortilla

Spread the word. The Runaway Tortilla, long out-of-print, is available as of September with new illustrations by Erik Brooks. Click HERE to check it out.

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