Anything Look Familiar in This
Quack is Now in Easter
Pottery Barn Kids!
board book edition of Little Quack is being
sold in two Easter gift baskets at Pottery Barn Kids.
Available in pink and blue, our favorite little friend
is accompanied by Easter egg chalk and a plush bunny. Hooray for
get your Easter gift basket, click HERE.
Quack's Hide and Seek
Available as a Classic Board
second picture book in the Little Quack series, Little
Quack's Hide and Seek is now available in a very sturdy
classic board book edition. The original picture book was published
in February 2004. In the book, Mama Duck counts to ten and the ducklings
are all determined to find the best hiding places. While Widdle,
Waddle, Piddle and Puddle hurry off to hide, Little
Quack can't seem to find anywhere secret enough to go. Of course
he does end up finding a great place. Derek had great
fun revisiting the pond for this followup to the original. And he's
to have it released as a classic board book for his youngest
learn more, click HERE.
Quack Plays Hide and Seek
Globetrotting Little Quack is once again crossing the big pond. This
time, he's going for a splash in Germany, France and Spain with his
Quack's Hide and Seek. The original Little
Quack was the first in the series to make the jump
into the U.K., France, Germany and South Korea. Little
Quack's Bedtime has
been published in the U.K. and South Korea. And now, Little
Quack's Hide and Seek is following in their footsteps.
It's a happy day for Derek when his work reaches kids in the far
corners of the world!
Lincoln Elementary Students
question, one of the most fulfilling parts of being an author
and illustrator is inspiring kids to write and
draw. Often when Derek visits a school or bookstore, kids will
bring up drawings they've made of his characters. In October
2006, Derek visited Lincoln Elementary School in Spencer, Iowa.
The teachers went to great lengths to prepare the students for
Derek's visit. There were bulletin boards, a painted window and
signs everywhere. One of the unique things they did, was have students
make bookmarks featuring Derek's characters. They did an
job. There were many different renditions of Little Quack, one
very cool Gladys, and the drawing of Blue Burt and Wiggles couldn't
have been better. The teachers and students really used their
and as a result, Derek's day at Lincoln Elementary was extra special.
was great fun. Derek had three books published, went
on a multi-city tour, visited many schools all over the country,
the paintings for
books. Derek also travelled to Paris, France with his wife, Cheryl.
One of the highlights of their travels was a day trip to Giverny,
France where the great artist Claude Monet lived. Derek and Cheryl
gardens, his home and the studio where he painted the very famous
the new year comes a new set of goals, new challenges, and the
of Derek's passion for stories and making
great books. Many thanks to all of Derek's readers! We're looking
forward to making 2007 another memorable year!