RUM PUM PUM reviewed in Florida Literacy Journal

Hi everyone,

My thanks to NILE STANLEY, poet and Chair, Department of Childhood Education at University of North Florida, for reviewing, RUM PUM PUM in the latest issue of The Florida Literacy Journal. JANE YOLEN and I co-wrote the story, richly illustrated by ANJAN SARKAR, and published by Holiday House in 2020. Nile is a former editor of the Florida Reading Quarterly and founder and chair of the annual Poetry Olio of the Conference of the International Literacy Association.

In his review, he states, “This is a book that children will want to experience again and again. The book lends itself naturally to storytelling because the plot is engaging, simple, and fast-paced…I found the experiences of teaching the book to children equally satisfying through the techniques of visual storytelling, read aloud, and literary storytelling. I eagerly introduced the book to a large group of aged 3 to 5 preschoolers with a picture walk through the book.”

Thank you, Nile. I hope our paths will cross again one of these days, at a conference or elsewhere.

RUM PUM PUM off to a roaring good start

Hi everyone,

Many thanks for your comments and good wishes about RUM PUM PUM. Many of you listened to our recorded visit among the create team who made the book — Grace Maccarone (editor), Jane Yolen (co-author), David L. Harrison (co-author), and Anjan Sarkar (illustrator). The recording is posted on Holiday House Facebook at ( so we hope you’ll go there and tell others who might be interested in the conversation for use in classrooms. No one has left a question or comment yet, but there’s a place to leave one if you like. Just click on the link and do a bit of scrolling. Later in the day Jane and I learned of a contract offer to present the book in a recorded format so that was added frosting on the book’s birth day cake.

RUM PUM PUM comes out today

Hi everyone,

Today is the birth day of RUM PUM PUM. I am delighted about that. Today at 1:00 EST, Holiday House will post on its Facebook page (( ) the 4-way chat recorded yesterday with our editor, Grace Maccarone, posing questions to co-authors David L. Harrison and Jane Yolen and our artist, Anjan Sarkar. We had a lot of laughs making it and I hope you’ll take a while to watch. You can post questions if you like.

Also, today I posted a new picture on FAMILY at that I hope you’ll go see. Don’t forget I always want more pictures featuring small children and books. Send to me as jpg to

Thanks, everyone.

1 editor + 2 authors + 1 artist = RUM PUM PUM interview

ANNOUNCEMENT: Emily Mannon from Holiday House tells me she will post the video at 1pm EST tomorrow on their Facebook ( “People can head over there to watch and if anyone comments, feel free to respond! I’ll promote it on our twitter and repromoted it later in the week as well. After that, it’ll live on our website on the book page (”

We have now finished the conversation and had fun doing it. I hope you’ll listen in tomorrow.

Hi everyone,

Today at 9:00 CST time I’ll participate in a chat with co-author Jane Yolen and artist Anjan Sarkar, narrated by our editor Grace Maccarone, about our new book, RUM PUM PUM, which will be released tomorrow on September 15.

As soon as I learn the particulars about how you can watch it, I’ll let you know. It should be an interesting conversation.

RUM PUM PUM samples arrived

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Jane Yolen and I each received samples of our upcoming book, RUM PUM PUM.

Before long we’ll start promotional efforts, including a feature (with a book giveaway) on Kathy Temean’s blog on September 2 and on September 15 Holiday House will sponsor a Facebook live video chat among Jane, our artist, Anjan Sarkar, and me. More about that when I have details. One issue to be resolved is how to hook up three people who live in Missouri, Massachusetts, and England.

Jane, as I read the book, much of the time I’m not sure who wrote which lines. That, I think, is the sign of a good blending of minds and words. It was just plain fun. More about all this soon.

Hooray, Jane and Anjan. Thanks to our editor Grace Maccarone.