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“House” Release & OA Show

Thursday October 25, 2012

TODAY is the day my 14th BOOK is released! If I Built a House, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, comes out today! It’s a follow up to my third book, If I Built a Car, only this time the main character, Jack, shows his mom through the rooms of his imaginary dream house, and like the CAR book, things get crazier and crazier as Jack’s tour progresses. I’ve added several details in the illustrations that were picked up from the CAR book and I think kids will have fun discovering things they’ve seen before. If you get a chance, let me know what you think.

Coincidentally, today also marks the opening reception of The Original Art Show at The Society of Illustrators in New York City. The OA Show is the annual juried exhibition of original children’s book art put on by The Society of Illustrators. I’ve only made it into this prestigious show once before (for If I Built a Car) but this year I was very pleased to hear that both of my books from this year were accepted- Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit (Candlewick Press) and If I Built a House. If you go (the show runs through December 22nd, 2012) you’ll see a gallery full of framed original illustrations from children’s books published within the last year. It should be quite show.