Welcome to my site!
Greetings from myself and my alter egos. In my books I sometimes appear as a green cat. More often as a blue elephant.
My first book – Polkabats and Octopus Slacks was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1998. Since then I’ve written and illustrated a dozen more,, including Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, Tippintown, Soup for Breakfast, Hallowillloween, We Go Together!, Boy Wonders, Pirateria, and Flamingos on the Roof – winner of the Myra Cohn Livingston poetry award, and a New York Times bestseller. Hypnotize a Tiger – Poems About Just About Everything, which was published by Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt in 2015, is my first aimed at middle-grade readers, and recently won a Lee Bennett Hopkins honor award and The Lion and the Unicorn Award for Children’s Poetry. My latest book, The Ghostly Carousel, was published by Lerner in August of 2018, and my next one – UP VERSES DOWN is coming in June of 2019 from Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt.
If you’d like, check out the individual book galleries . There are sample pages and reviews for each title. Towards the bottom there are some galleries of other illustration work.
I love visiting with students and have have done presentations, readings and workshops at schools, book festivals, and museums across the country and Internationally. See the school visit section for more information.