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It's a launch party/charity bash for a brand new picture book called The Potty Train.

Come and join the fun in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, January 6th!

 

When: Sunday, January 6th
11:00am - 2:00pm

Where: Mar Vista Montessori School
3865 Grand View Blvd.
(behind Barry Pipe)
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Ticket Price: A donation of unopened diapers
or new toddler undies!

All donations will benefit Baby2Baby, which provides
clothing and gear to local families in need.

 

Come and join the fun! Derek and authors David Hochman and Ruth Kennison will be reading, drawing and signing copies of their brand new book, The Potty Train. There will be a live band, snacks and fun for the whole family to enjoy.

For directions, a complete list of sponsors and more about this event, click HERE.

 


 

Romeo and Lou Blast Off
Named One of the Best Books of 2007
by Parent & Child Magazine!

Hooray for Romeo and Lou! Romeo and Lou Blast Off has just been named one of the Best Books of 2007 by Parent & Child Magazine. We love to hear news like that. Derek is thrilled and grateful to the editors at Parent & Child and to his readers everywhere.

To read the complete list of Parent and Child Magazine's Best Books of 2007, click HERE.

 

And in other news...

 

Romeo and Lou Blast Off
Garners A Great Review from Booklist

Romeo and Lou received a terrific review from the fine folks at Booklist. They say, "...children will enjoy the amusing mishaps and the feeling that they know more than these likable but naive travelers. From the unlikely plot to the color, clarity, and comic exaggeration of artwork, this picture book resembles an old-fashioned animated kids' cartoon."

To read the full review, please click HERE.

 


 

Buy Cool Art,
Help Cure Cancer
"Meet Jack Frost" Could Be Your's
Bidding Begins December 3rd

 

Derek’s original painted snowflake, “Meet Jack Frost,” will be put on the internet auction block beginning Monday, December 3rd and ending on Friday, December 7th. Every last cent that you pay for this unique, one of a kind, snowflake will go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Since its inception in 2004, the Robert’s Snow auctions have raised more than $200,000 for cancer research.

To go directly to the auction, please click HERE.

 


 

What: A Book Signing for Derek's New Book

Romeo and Lou Blast Off

When: Saturday, December 1st
11:00am

Where: Auntie Em's Books
5 West Diamond Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55419
612-798-1827

 

Come and join the fun! Derek will be reading and signing copies of his brand new book, Romeo and Lou Blast Off at Auntie Em's Books in South Minneapolis this Saturday, December 1st.

Come by and get a book personalized. Books make the best gifts in the world!

 


 

What: A Book Signing for Derek's New Book

Romeo and Lou Blast Off

When: Saturday, November 17th
10:30am

Where: Red Balloon Bookshop
891 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
651-224-8320

www.redballoonbookshop.com

 

Come and join the fun! Derek will be launching his new book, Romeo and Lou Blast Off at the Red Balloon Bookshop on Grand Avenue in St. Paul this Saturday, November 17th. If you are unable to attend, but would like a signed copy, you can call Red Balloon in advance. Derek will personalize it on Saturday and the wonderful folks at Red Balloon will ship it to you. Be sure to tell them that you would like the book autographed and personalized.

Books make the best gifts in the world!

 


 

Happy Birthday
to My Best Friend
in the World!

(September 21st is Friday's Big Day)

 


 

“Meet Jack Frost”
in Robert's Snow 2007

Derek is once again donating an original painted snowflake to Robert's Snow, an online auction of snowflakes made by hundreds of children's book illustrators that benefits cancer research.

Derek's snowflake for this year is an icy portrait of old man winter himself. It's called Meet Jack Frost and will be auctioned off this fall. The auctions are held online and are open to anyone with internet access and an interest in owning a cool piece of original art. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the auctions go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Since its inception in 2004, the Robert's Snow auctions have raised more than $200,000 for cancer research.

So come on- this is your chance to own an original painted snowflake by any one or more of your favorite children's book illustrators and contribute to the battle against cancer at the same time.

The auctions begin this November. To learn more about Robert's Snow, and to see the snowflakes, click HERE.

 


 

Derek to Speak at the
Minnesota SCBWI
Fall Conference October 6th

Are you interested in writing and illustrating children's books? Do you have a curiousity about publishing and how to get your story or illustrations noticed? Derek will be speaking at the Minnesota SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) fall conference on Saturday, October 6th in St. Paul, Minnesota. You don't have to be a member of SCBWI to attend this conference. It's open to anyone that's interested.

The theme of the conference is "Road to Success: From Concept to Contract" and will feature authors, illustrators, editors, art directors, agents and an attorney who will be speaking about everything from the creation of stories and pictures to getting your work noticed. Derek will be delivering one of the keynotes on his own road to publication and exactly what he did. There will be opportunities to not only hear speakers, but ask questions about the things you want to know.

To find out more about this conference, click HERE.

 


 

Little Quack Goes Dutch!

Our little globe-trotting duckling continues his trek around the world with brand new editions of Little Quack and Little Quack's New Friend translated into Dutch. That's right! Ukkie (Widdle), Waggel (Waddle), Piepie (Piddle), Plons (Puddle) and Kleine Kwek (Little Quack) are plopping into the glistening fresh-water puddles of the Netherlands.

So far the Little Quack books have been published in Germany, France, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Spain, Serbia, Canada, and of course, the United States. And now we can add Holland to the list! Derek couldn't be more pleased that his books are reaching kids in yet another country and another language around the world.

 
 
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