StarWalk Kids. The striking paintings by Lambert Davis that illustrate the book capture the mystery and drama of the story.
Every day, Ole Swenson and the other lumberjacks went into the forest to cut down trees. They worked hard from sunup to sundown, but when night fell, all the men returned to the lumbercamp. They did not want to meet the terrible Hodag, who had the head of an ox, the feet of a bear, the back of a dinosaur, and the tail of an alligator. His eyes glowed like fire and he was forty feet tall.
This book is a retelling of the story told by my father that I heard around the campfire as a child at Camp Bovey in northern Wisconsin. The story continues to bel told to campers at Camp Bovey today and the Hodag's image is still on their t-shirts, as it was when I was a camper.
You can get The Terrible Hodag for your Kindle at Amazon.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
California Readers was founded. Held at the Castaway Restaurant with a beautiful view of the surrounding hills (with hawks soaring on the updrafts of the warm sunny day), it was an enjoyable afternoon with authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, students and their parents, book sellers and book lovers, all enjoying lunch together and listening to a terrific keynote address by author Janet Tashjian. I sat at a table with four enthusiastic fourth graders and their parents from Vintage School, winners of last year's Ed Pert award.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
|Page 28, Too Hot? Too Cold?, illust. by Annie Patterson|
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
My author visit to the LA's Best Young Authors Program was sponsored by California Readers.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
|Coloring Wiggle and Waggle at LA's Best Young Writer's Program|
“If I were a color I would be blue like the sky.”“If I were an animal I would be fast as a cheetah.”
When I recently visited the LA’s Best Young Writers at Anatola Elementary School I found these were some of the things they had written in their idea books. I loved the fact that the students (grades 1-5) were learning comparisons and personifications. Their idea books are preparation for their final project which will be books beginning “I Am...”as in "I am a dancer", "I am a good friend", "I am a brother". Each one will be personal and unique.
As I always do when I visit young writers, I gave a presentation of how I work as a writer and how I get ideas from my own life, just as they do . Afterward, while I read my book Wiggle and Waggle, the children colored drawings of Wiggle and Waggle working in the garden. (Wiggle has googly eyes and Waggle wears glasses.) I am always amazed when I do this project that even though all the children start with the same picture, each one turns out to be different and individual.
LA’s Best is an after school program in the Los Angeles Schools. Author visits to the Young Writer’s workshops are sponsored by California Readers.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
|Signing books at the Huntington Beach Library|
|Welcome banner at College View School|
|Arriving for the Author Festival Reception|
I thank the Author Festival committee, the sponsors, and many volunteers for making this special day possible.
|With fellow author Gretchen Woelfle at the library|