Squee!

And to think, I almost didn’t answer my phone.

You see, the calls began a week or so ago… unfamiliar Ontario number… right at dinner time… no messages left. No one answers calls like that, right?

Then the same number popped up one morning, and I grabbed the phone all ready to DEMAND to be taken off the list.

Yeah. It was the Ontario Library Association calling.

Thank goodness they didn’t take me off their list! I am so excited to have not one, but two books included in this year’s Forest of Reading program. The shortlists were revealed today.

I’m so looking forward to hearing what the readers think!

The stork arrives again…

Yes, the stork arrived twice in one season. I’ve had twins!

The latest advance copy arrival is The Lowdown on Denim. It’s quite different than any of my previous books — a little younger in tone, a little more imaginative, and a little more hip in its illustration style. (The illustrator goes by the name CTON and signs off his e-mails ‘word’. I think that explains the entire graphic style, no?)

The book also has one of my favourite covers ever.