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Pumpkins and Tigers and Ghosts, Oh My!

Like the other Potatoes, I am having a busy fall.

The visiting author season has started and I've already been to several schools, with plenty more scheduled throughout month.

This past week I've been working on some final tweaks to a new picture book that is scheduled to come out in the fall of 2012 from Chronicle, IT'S A TIGER! Jeremy Tankard who creates wonderful images with the computer will be the illustrator.

I've got several more book signings this month to celebrate my latest picture book, THE HAUNTED HAMBURGER AND OTHER GHOSTLY STORIES.

The Children's Theatre in Minneapolis will be presenting The Wizard of Oz and I'll be leading a book discussion after one of the performances.

Of course October means pumpkin carving. I carved my first pumpkin of the year last month at the Northwoods Children's Book Conference in Hayward, WI. More pumpkin carving events are slated for the end of the month.

And I am frustrated that I can't find the time to work on a new picture book that I am both writing and illustrating, ART ATTACK. Deadlines are approaching and I'm starting to panic. I haven't scheduled any school visits for November or December, and having some long stretches of time to work on this book sounds very welcome.

And though I feel overwhelmed, I am also grateful to have so many interesting projects to keep me busy. But the beautiful autumn weather we've been having makes it difficult to stay inside and work on them!


Christy said...

Yay, the pumpkins are back! David, I hope between all the events you have scheduled, you find time for carving more pumpkins and working on Art Attack. That's such an intriguing title. Congrats on It's A Tiger! and The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories!

Lauren said...

David, I feel your panic! Both writing and illustrating a book take so much time and so do all of the other things on your schedule. Glad you left some openings for yourself in November and December~ and lucky for the rest of us, you are finding time to read, carve, and present! Good luck with all of it!

Edie Hemingway said...


Good luck with your busy schedule and your pumpkin carving. I'll look forward to ART ATTACK!

Diane Adams said...

Love that pumpkin! We are finally getting some Fall weather here and I agree that it's hard to sit inside and work when it's so lovely outside.

Stephanie said...

I'm in a library in Connecticut and everyone is oohing and ahing over your pumpkin:) Congrats on the new books!

Library Jewel said...

You are fortunate to have so many unique experiences in one month! We were lucky to nab you for the best family reading night ever. Kids are folding letters and telling stories to each other about it.

betsy woods said...

I'm in awe of your talent David. Happy Autumn.