Wednesday, April 08, 2020

NOTICE - Updated Link to Coloring Pages and Activities

Over the years, things change and so has my website. If you are trying to download coloring pages or activities, you can find most of them here.

Sorry for any confusion!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Flubby the Cat Finger Puppet Craft - Free Download

Download these free Flubby the Cat finger puppets.  Print them on card stock and color to make your own kitty characters.  I taped a pipe cleaner tail to the backside of mine.  If you are making a class sized batch, a 5/8" hole punch from the craft store works great for cutting out the finger holes.

Flubby the Cat Finger Puppets

And don't forget to read these purr-fectly fun easy reader books, FLUBBY IS NOT A GOOD PET! and FLUBBY WILL NOT PLAY WITH THAT!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Preorder Flubby Today & Receive a Free Comic

Flubby the Cat books will be available April 23rd, but don't wait, you can preorder them today.

published by Penguin Workshop
Release Date April 23, 2019
Preorder from your favorite bookstore or from 

published by Penguin Workshop
Release Date April 23, 2019
Preorder from your favorite bookstore or from

As a special thank you for preordering any Flubby picture books before April 23rd I will send you a free 16 page mini-comic download, titled Caring for Your Cat. 

Caring For Your Cat contains lots of good information for children and grown-ups on how to care for their feline friends.  There are even ideas for DIY cat toys you can make yourself. Here's a sample:

To get your own copy, just preorder FLUBBY IS NOT A GOOD PET! and/or FLUBBY WILL NOT PLAY WITH THAT! from any bookstore then email me a snapshot of your receipt. I'll send you information on how to download a PDF version of Caring For Your Cat.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Maud the Koala Plushy Need a Home

I enjoy crafting almost as much as I like making picture books.  So last spring I made several handmade Maud the Koala plush toys.  Now I need to find a forever home for Maud - she will arrive with a copy of her book, "Much Too Much Birthday". 

You can enter two ways.  You can enter on-line by using the entry form below. If you follow me on twitter or Facebook or tweet about the contest it will increase your chances of winning.  Or if you are in Boston, you can enter by filling out an entry form at my table at FanExpo Boston this weekend (Table A219)  We will pick a winner on Sunday at the end of FanExpo so hurry and enter soon!

Friday, May 11, 2018

56 Party Guests

In Much Too Much Birthday, Maud Invites 56 guests to her birthday party.  As you have probably figured out already 56 guests was much too much.  I wanted to make every guest a different type of animal and I wanted to make sure if someone counted they would find all 56 (a decisions I was seriously reconsidering part way through illustrating this spread).  

I decided to stick to mammals in Maud's world because bird wings are difficult to anthropomorphize into hands and fish have their own problems. There was no particular reason for the animals I chose.  Some I picked because I like the way the look like tree kangaroos and bush babies.  And some I picked because I liked the sound of their name, like numbats and wombats. 

Some people might say wait a minute! In real life, a hippo, a horse, and a rabbit are NOT all the same size. That is true.  But they also don't wear clothes and play hit the pinata.

Here's the entire list if you are the kind of person who likes that sort of thing...
  1. Numbat
  2. African Elephant
  3. Panda
  4. Rabbit
  5. Cheetah
  6. Horse
  7. Hippo
  8. Monkey
  9. Kangaroo
  10. Skunk
  11. Opossum
  12. Black Bear
  13. Goat
  14. Raccoon
  15. Hedgehog
  16. Red Fox
  17. Pig
  18. Honey Badger
  19. Sheep
  20. Tasmanian Devil
  21. Poodle
  22. Beaver
  23. African Wild Dog
  24. Cow
  25. Mountain Goat
  26. Grizzly Bear
  27. Mouse
  28. Porcupine
  29. Lynx
  30. Giant Ant Eater
  31. Grey Squirrel
  32. Platypus
  33. Moose
  34. Red Panda
  35. Asian Elephant
  36. Wood Chuck
  37. Tiger
  38. Musk Rat
  39. Chimpanzee
  40. Badger
  41. Deer
  42. Rhino
  43. Tree Kangaroo
  44. Snow Monkey
  45. Giraffe
  46. Zebra
  47. Bush Baby
  48. Golden Retriever
  49. Llama
  50. Otter
  51. Echidna
  52. Puma
  53. Wombat
  54. Cat
  55. Quoll
  56. Ibex

How to Draw a Koala (and a Dog, Pig, Monkey and Cat)

If you can draw a rectangle, you can draw Maud the Koala.  If you want to draw some friends for your koala, change the ears and the nose and make all sorts of animal characters.  How many can you make?  Download a PDF version of this activity page here.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Maud the Koala Plush Sweepstakes

Scroll to the bottom for Sweepstakes info.  Hurry the contest ends April 30, 2018.

Do you ever find yourself with pile of felt laying around just waiting to be made into a koala? Stuff like that happens to me all the time. So I made this venti sized Maud the Koala.  My thought was that she would be a cute table decoration at book events.

I was happy with the results but I thought some tweaking of the pattern was in order so I made a smaller version - Meet Maud 2.0.

She was cute and craft felt is easy to sew.  Like her big sister, I filled her rump with plastic beans so she would sit well for display.  But I wanted to try and make a soft cuddly version. So I went back to the drawing board for Maud 3.0.  This time I made her out of fleece for extra squish-ability and hand embroidered the eyes.  I also found some fantastic faux fur at JoAnn's that made super bushy ears.  I was so pleased with this version that I made four of them.

Head over to the Penguin Kids Facebook page for a chance to win one of my plush creations (You will win one of four fleece versions pictured above) and copies of Maud's new books Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors and Much Too Much Birthday.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Maud the Koala Buttons - Preorder Book Swag

I'm so appreciative to all the people who have preordered Maud the Koala.  And to say thank you, I'd like to offer you one of these snazzy Maud the Koala buttons.

All you have to do to receive a button is preorder a Maud the Koala book (Much Too Much Birthday or Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors) Snap a pic of your receipt and email it to me, the author, along with your mailing address.  I will pop one of the "koala-ty" buttons in the mail for you.

As a bonus, I'll also send you a signed book plate with a hand drawn picture of Maud that you can put in your book when it arrives.  Hurry this offer is only valid while supplies (and my drawing hand!) last.

NOTE: Please be careful when you send the receipt. DO NOT send me your credit card information!

Buttons are 1-1/4" in diameter.