The frogs are off and hopping

Hi everyone,

I just checked the status on Amazon for AND THE BULLFROGS SING and am pleased that after a week it’s still ranked the #1 New Release in Children’s Reptile & Amphibian Books, #57 in Children’s Frog & Toad Books, and #87 in Children’s Reptile & Amphibian Books. Soon I hope to see some reader reviews start popping up. Publishers Weekly and Kirkus like it so that’s a good sign.

Off and hopping

Hi everyone,

AND THE BULLFROGS SING is off to a good start. As of this morning it ranks #30 among frog and toad books. This opening surge may not last but it’s fun for now. Of the 29 titles ahead of mine, all but five are fictionalized stories, including a good many FROG AND TOAD books by Arnold Lobel, so I’m happy about the early running of my science-based telling of the life cycle of bullfrogs. That’s a good sign that informational books on this subject may be hard to find. I’m grateful to Grace Maccarone at Holiday House for working with me on this one and to artist Kate Cosgrove for making these frogs nearly hop off the pages into your lap.

To everyone who has been kind enough to post pictures and early news about receiving your books, thank you! As we all know, early hype makes a world of difference in how a book will eventually perform. Reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly are helping, and I hope to see more professional as well as reader reviews begin to come in. It’s all a process and one must wait step by step for it all to happen.

Yesterday I finished a new science-based nonfiction book and sent it off to my agent. I also added some final requested tweaks to the manuscript of my next book, which will come out in spring 2020. It’s shaping up to be a beautiful book. Once again I’m being blessed with a splendid artist.

Book signing today

Hi everyone,

I’ll be signing AND THE BULLFROGS SING today at Barnes & Noble from 11:00 – 1:00. Come by if you’re out and about.

I’ll also be signing all the copies that were pre-ordered and pre-paid by parents at David Harrison Elementary and McBride Elementary. They can pick up their copies today and any that remain at the store will be delivered to the schools on Monday.

Have a good weekend. I hope you don’t get stormed on where you live.

And the bullfrogs sang!

Hi everyone,

I woke up this morning still smiling about yesterday. I loved being with the kids at David Harrison and McBride Elementary schools and to top off the day with a party at The Library Center made the day perfect.

Judy Domeny was wonderful singing and entertaining us with “Frog Went a-Courting,” Jaime from Dickerson Park Zoo brought out a Fire-bellied Toad, an African Clawed Frog, and kept everyone engrossed in what she had to tell them, nearly thirty children entered the frog hopping contest, I read my new book, and we snacked on Pond Scum Punch and Buggy-Wuggy Cookies.

But the stars of the evening were the “Croakers” from Harrison Elementary who, under the direction of Amy Fetzer, performed perfectly my 4-voice poem, “Chorus of Four Frogs.”

Thanks to everyone who came and/or participated. It was a full room and we had to set up more chairs. Once again I am greatly indebted to the Springfield-Greene County Public Library District for providing such outstanding facilities for events like the one last night. Kathleen O’Dell (Public Relations Director) and Nancee Dahms-Stinson (Youth Services Coordinator) put in their regular work day and then spent the whole evening making everything work smoothly, from setting up to making punch to recording the Frog Chorus Singers. I’m always in awe of how hard they and the rest of the staff work to serve their many publics.

Even though the books won’t arrive at Barnes & Noble until tomorrow, I signed book plates last night and will be at the book store from 11:00-1:00 on Saturday to sign books. All in all, a great way to celebrate AND THE FROGS SING.