Whobert Turns 2, Two Ways

It’s so stinkin’ hard for me to believe that WHOBERT WHOVER, OWL DETECTIVE turns two years old this month. The time flew by much like Whobert does: fast, and without any clue as to what the future holds. It was that mystery that led to the absolute best surprise this past week. A wonderful friend of mine asked me to sign a copy of WHOBERT for a new baby acquaintance they were about to make. When I flipped to the title page to sign, I saw on the copyright page a tiny number two. Cut to me looking like this:

If you’ve ever wondered what the little row of numbers means on a copyright page, those digits are used to tell people what printing a book is in. The lowest number in the row indicates how many times a book has gone to print. It’s a tiny, itty bitty number, but a big deal for an author or illustrator because the higher that number gets, the more copies are making it out into the world. That little two on Whobert’s copyright page means he got a second printing, and I had no idea! To see what I’m talking about, check out my Whobert Highlight on Instagram here and click to the last two videos.

WHOBERT didn’t exactly fly off the shelves, but it was really magnificent to find out that slowly but surely people are finding their way to Whobert’s wacky forest, and even two years after he hatched people still want to see him completely screw up the who-who-dunnit. You know those moments when terrible clichés are actually true? Clichés like, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”? This is one of those moments, and I ain’t mad at it!

Thanks for all the support, everybody, and for keeping Whobert alive and well!

Happy Whobert-versary!


Teacher & Librarian Love Tuesday!

Teachers! Librarians! Tuesdays are for new books…FOR YOU!

Every Tuesday I’ll be giving a copy of WHOBERT WHOVER, OWL DETECTIVE to a teacher or librarian as a thank you for being the super heroes of the literary world!

Here’s how it works:

Each Tuesday I will send out a Teacher & Librarian Love Tuesday (#TLLT) tweet. You can find me on Twitter here. All you gotta do is follow me on Twitter, then comment on that week’s #TLLT post by the end of the day. One random commenter will be selected and notified the following Wednesday. This will be going on until…forever! Because your awesomeness never stops!

Hooray, and thank you for all that you do in spreading the love of literacy and authors!



Whobert Turns 1!!

It’s the one year Whobert-versary! I can’t believe a whole year has already gone by since my debut picture book flew out into the world. It’s been a year full of school visits and book festivals and bookstore signings and it’s everything I imagined and more. Thank you for making this debut year so much fun! For more about Whobert’s first year, I did an in-depth  interview about the past twelve months with Jennifer Prevost in which I gabbed all about lessons learned and debut surprises and pushing forward.

While you’re here, let’s celebrate Whobert’s birthday! I’m giving away three copies of WHOBERT WHOVER, OWL DETECTIVE, and you can enter all three! Enter here on my website, over on my Twitter page, or on my Instagram account.

To be entered to win here on the website, all you have to do is click the Follow button over on the righthand side of the page. That’s it! I’ll give a copy away to a random follower.

To be entered to win on Twitter, be sure to follow me and then retweet the tweet about the Whobert-versary giveaway.

To be entered to win on Instagram, be sure to follow me and then tag someone in the comments of the Whobert-versary post who you think might like WHOBERT.

You have one week to enter. I’ll be announcing the winners of all three giveaways on July 25, 2018 – which is the five month mark until Christmas, if anyone’s counting. Ho, ho, ho! Or I should say who, who, who!

Happy Whobert-versary, everybody!