Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Zero the Hero ~ Leap into Books giveaway hop

Thanks for visiting my blog during the Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop

My giveaway is:
One autographed copy of my hardcover picture book
illustrated by New York Times bestselling Tom Lichtenheld.
Zooming into bookstores in Feb 28th!

Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. That's what the other numbers think of Zero.
But he'll prove he's a hero!
“This tale not only reinforces mathematical principles, but also has a great message about friendship and personal feelings. It can be read aloud, alone, or performed as reader’s theater.”
--School Library Journal
“Read this aloud to whet the new reader’s appetite, but there is just so much to see that only a slow reading, with a magnifying glass in hand, will do.”
--Horn Book Magazine
"A hero and some villains and good winning over evil (oh, and all that educational stuff, too), all wrapped in humor and tied with a comic bow—what could be better?" 
--Kirkus Reviews

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Leave a way I can contact you in case you win
here in the comments section.
Thanks so much!

1st prize: One autographed Zero the Hero. 
2nd prizes: Five winners will receive autographed Zero the Hero bookmarks.

Winners will be announced in the comments section of this blog. If you leave a contact email, I'll email you as well. Winners have 7 days to contact me with a mailing address or prize is forfeited. USA only.

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Good luck, everyone!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

The making of the Zero the Hero animated book trailer

First Tom Lichtenheld and I worked on this storyboard.

Henry Holt and Tom then worked with an animation company to create the final product. The voices are those of the multi-talented editorial and marketing staff at Henry Holt. 
To view the storyboard larger, click the link at
View the final trailer at either of these links
Over 6 zero zero views of the Zero the Hero animated trailer as of today!

Friday, February 24, 2012

New Teacher's Activity Guide for Zero the Hero!

Just finished a new activity guide for Zero the Hero last night:
My favorite part was making the paper plate mask.
Download the 4-page full-color guide at

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Goddess Girls featured in a cute brochure from Aladdin!

How lovely to see Goddess Girls in the company of series by Debbie Dadey and Helen Perelman!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Goddess Girls: Artemis the Loyal in the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop

Hi all! Thanks for coming by my giveaway in the Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop February 17-21. Many thanks to I Am A Reader. Not a Writer and Read For Your Future for hosting this hop.

My Giveaway (US & CAN): 
An autographed copy of the newest release in the series I co-author with pal Suzanne Williams,
Goddess Girls takes place at Mount Olympus Academy, 
and puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths!  
Aladdin paperbacks ages 8 ~ 12. 

To enter: Please follow this blog or follow me on Facebook. Neither is mandatory though.

1st prize: One randomly-chosen winner will receive an autographed Artemis the Loyal and bookmarks.
2nd prize: Two winners will receive bookmarks featuring all 9 Goddess Girls books. 

Winners will be chosen and announced in the comments section of this post on or about Feb 22, 2012. If you leave a contact email in comments, I'll also email you if you're one of the winners. Winners have 7 days to contact me with a mailing address. United States & Canada only. Good luck in the hop!

About Artemis the Loyal:
It's time for the annual Olympic Games, and the four goddessgirls are not happy--especially Artemis. Even though she's better at sports than most of the godboys, she can't compete because rules say the Games are boys-only. No fair! Led by Artemis, Athena, Persephone and Aphrodite, the ladies of Mount Olympus hatch a plan to get Zeus to open up the games to everyone. Will they succeed--or end up watching from the sidelines again?

“…a clever take on Greek deities…” ~ Booklist
"Readers familiar with Greek myths should get a kick out of this plucky restaging."  ~Publisher's Weekly
 “…an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity…” ~ School Library Journal
Series scoop:
Athena the Brain Finding out she’s a goddess and being sent to Mount Olympus brings Athena new friends, a weird dad, and the meanest girl in mythology—Medusa!
Persephone the Phony Hiding her feelings works fine for Persephone until she meets a guy she can be herself with—Hades, the bad-boy of the Underworld.
Aphrodite the Beauty Sure Aphrodite is beautiful, but it’s not always easy being the goddessgirl of love.
Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave.
Athena the Wise
Zeus says Heracles has to do twelve tasks or he'll get kicked out of MOA! Although she's not sure it's wise, Athena agrees to help out.
Aphrodite the Diva Isis claims she's the goddess of love? Ha! But to keep the title all to herself, Aphrodite has to find the perfect match for Pygmalion, the most annoying boy ever.
NEW! Artemis the Loyal  It’s time for the annual Olympic Games, and Artemis and her friends are not happy. It’s boys-only.  No fair! (Dec. 2011)
Medusa the Mean Medusa wants to be immortal like the 4 most popular goddessgirls at MOA. Is that too much for a mortal with snakey hair to ask? (April 2012)
The Girl Games (Goddess Girls Super Special) (July 2012)

To continue on in the blog hop, click this link. 
Good luck!