Nugget & Fang (book trailer and more!)

Holy mackerel! In one week and two days, Nugget & Fang will officially be Out There.

Early hardcover copies have already been popping up at Scholastic Book Fairs all over the nation.

And I was really relieved and happy to sink my teeth into the reviews:

“It's darn near impossible to resist such an earnest, toothy hero.”

“Sauer creates kindly characters and hits sweetly humorous notes throughout, avoiding a lesson-heavy tone. . . . [a] funny friendship tale.”
 —Publishers Weekly

“The text's cadence is well-timed for sharing aloud, and both narrative and illustrations zing with humorous touches. An entertaining tale that sends a positive message about the power of friendship and the importance of individuality.”
 —School Library Journal

“Incorporate this into fish- or shark-themed storytimes or share with "Finding Nemo" fans—either way, kids are likely to snap it up hook, line, and sinker.”
 —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Goofy good times.”

For early sketches, a teacher's guide, and more, please click here:

Goldfish crackers are on me!

It's PiBoIdMo 2012, baby!

Hey, gang. (all 3 of you)

If you write pbs then definitely check out PiBoIdMo.

To explain what PiBoIdMo is, I stole some content right off the blog of Tara Lazar who is the mastermind behind this awesomeness.

What is PiBoIdMo? Why, it’s Picture Book Idea Month!

Tired of novelists having all the fun in November with NaNoWriMo, I created PiBoIdMo as a 30-day challenge for picture book writers.

The concept is to create 30 picture book ideas in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas.

You might think of a clever title. Or a name for a character. Or just a silly thing like “purple polka-dot pony.” The object is to heighten your picture-book-idea-generating senses. Ideas may build upon other ideas and your list of potential stories will grow stronger as the days pass.

Daily blog posts by picture book authors, illustrators, editors and other kidlit professionals will help inspire you. By the end of the month, you’ll have a fat file of ideas to spark new stories.

PiBoIdMo was first held in 2008 by a party of one—me! Then I hosted it on my blog for the first time in 2009. Each year the number of participants has doubled. In 2011 we had over 600 writers following PiBoIdMo. And now 2012 promises to be bigger and better!

If you aren't already participating and you are serious about writing pbs, I strongly urge you to join this crowd. Not only will you meet some great people and generate all sorts of new ideas, but you might end up with something irresistible. One of my ideas from PiBoIdMo 2009 resulted in the a sale. So did one of my ideas from PiBoIdMo 2011.

I usually end up with 29 okay ideas and 1 Really Good One. I'll take those odds every year!

Today my PiBoIdMo 2012 post was featured. Please check it out as well as all of the others.

Huge thanks to Tara Lazar for making November a whole lot of fun.