Ninjas in the Library

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Book: Deadly Wish, Ninjas, Uncategorized | 0 comments


We had an awesome Deadly Flowers event at the Portland Public Library last Saturday! Our fearless and stealthy readers hunted for clues in the stacks (learning just a tad about the Dewey Decimal system in the process), figured out a rope puzzle (not easy!) and practiced sneaking up silently on a blindfolded partner (no peeking!). And of course many left with signed copies of Deadly Flowers and the brand-new Deadly Wish.

All this was courtesy of the excellent game kit created by the brilliant Kirsten Cappy of Curious City. To recreate this event, download the kit and buy yourself a few dozen Japanese Kit-Kats for snack (we had them in raspberry, strawberry, and green tea flavors). I guarantee you an adventurous event!

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Japanese Demons In the Bathroom.

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Book: Deadly Flowers, Book: Deadly Wish, Japanese Demons, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yoshikazu_AkanameThe bathtub licker…the little girl who haunts elementary school (third stall from the left)…worst of all, the dreadful Red Cape / Blue Cape–all here.

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Imagine an Art Project!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

IMG_7238 IMG_7237 IMG_7236 IMG_7143 IMG_7142 IMG_7137IMG_7240 IMG_7239The students at John Norquay Elementary School in Vancouver, Canada did something truly extraordinary! Classes often do art projects based on the Imagine series of picture books, in which my poems were paired with magical realistic art by the remarkable John Gonsalves, but rarely are they are stunning as these enchanting sculptures. The effect is of a magical forest. How I’d love to stroll through it!


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Phenomenal Woman

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Heartbroken to lose her. The world is sadder, dimmer, and less beautiful without her.

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