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Tuesday, April 5th, 2016


Ten Hungry Pigs

There's a NEW Book Coming in May!
Ten Hungry Pigs is a fun, feisty followup
to Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure

I had so much fun making Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, I wasn't ready to leave their curly tailed world when I finished that book. I was talking with my editor one day and he asked if I had any other ideas. I did! Food is a part of every life, every single day and it's so personal. We all have foods we like, don't like and will downright refuse no matter how hungry we are! I was a picky eater when I was little, so it was fun to come up with something that played with that very idea. And it fit perfectly with the personalities and characters I'd already created for the first book.

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Like anybody would be, our Pig Hero is a little jumpy after what happened to him in Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure. So when he and his Ducky friend decide to fix a peanut butter and jelly snack, he doesn't really want any other pigs horning in on his feast. But what fun would that be? The other pigs have their own ideas for what makes a good snack. You probably won't be surprised to find out that not only trouble, but food ensues. It was so much fun to come up with all the foods that don't go with peanut butter and jelly! Get ready- the foody fun in Ten Hungry Pigs will be published on May 10th by Scholastic/Orchard Books.

Ten Hungry Pigs

I will post more about the launch events for it soon. But mark your calendars... Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul, Minnesota will be on Saturday, May 14th and Iowa State University Bookstore in Ames, Iowa will be on Saturday, May 21st.

Stay tuned for more...

 

 

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016


Derek AndersonDerek having a great time at the Stafford Library Trunk Show in Woodbury, Minnesota with Alicia AuBuchon (left) and Marty Hoekstra

More FUN from the Trunk Shows!
There's another show this Friday in Stillwater, MN!

The Trunk Shows have been an absolute blast! It has been SO nice to meet young readers, their parents and all the fabulous librarians in Wyoming, Pine City, Princeton, Woodbury, Cottage Grove and Forest Lake. But we're just getting started! The next show is this week...

Friday, March 25th

10:30am
Stillwater Public Library
224 3rd Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082

 

Do I do any acting in the Trunk Shows? Why YES, I DO do some acting. Thank you for asking...

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And I give very lively readings of Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure!

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Getting some Trunk Show assistance from the terrific Sahar and some young friends attending the Trunk Show in Woodbury, Minnesota...

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The kids all want to hold the props for photos after the show. The rubber ducky is very popular! This little lady in Cottage Grove would have liked to have taken the ducky home with her.

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This is a very energetic show. I've been known to bounce around during the show. Please don't tell me to act my age. Anybody that knows me well knows that's just not going to happen.

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It's always a fun surprise when the wolf arrives at the Trunk Show. The kids are never quite sure and sometimes the librarians aren't either. My lovely assistant in Forest Lake, Andrea Hermanson, was even caught off guard when the wolf paw showed up!

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These young ladies are sisters. Gabriela (right) and Elena each knew exactly what they wanted to hold in their picture...

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This young lady couldn't wait to try on the pirate earring after the show. It fit her perfectly!

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My wife, Cheryl, even joined in the fun in Woodbury!

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Special thanks to my library assistants- Sahar at Stafford Library in Woodbury,
Sue at Park Grove Library in Cottage Grove and Andrea at Hardwood Creek Library in Forest Lake.
You all helped make the shows extra special!

There are many more shows coming up all around the state of Minnesota.
Find one near you on the Once Upon a Reader website HERE.
I hope to see you soon!

 

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Friday, March 11th, 2016


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The Trunk Shows have begun...
and there are three more this weekend!

I've already been out in the Minnesota libraries performing the first Once Upon a Reader Trunk Shows for my book Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure. I was in Wyoming, Minnesota on Tuesday where the lovely Miss Sara (below left) was my apprentice and helped me demonstrate a story for our audience. And then I was off to Pine City where the fabulous Miss Heidi (below bottom) lent her talents to this crazy circus of a show.

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On Wednesday I danced in Princeton with a wolf paw on my hand (if you've read Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, you'll have a pretty good idea why). Mr. Steve lent a hand holding the pigs' rubber duck, beach ball, surfboard, fishing pole and more! Besides reading my book Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, there's creativity, fun with characters and drawing in every show.

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There are more shows coming up this weekend!

Saturday, March 12th

10:00am
Stafford Library
Central Amphiteater
8595 Central Park Place
Woodbury, MN 55125

3:30pm
Park Grove Library
7900 Hemingway Avenue South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Sunday, March 13th

2:00pm
Hardwood Creek Library
19955 Forest Rd. N.
Forest Lake, MN 55025

If you're in the area, stop by, check out the show and say hello!
To see the entire calendar of shows through October, please click HERE.

 

 

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Friday, March 4th, 2016


Once Upon a Reader

The Once Upon a Reader Trunk Shows
begin next week!

As you can see from the props gathering in my studio, this Trunk Show is serious business! Seriously FUN! Get ready, the Once Upon a Reader Trunk Shows begin next week. I'll be reading my book Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, talk all about creating and even do a little acting in libraries all over the state of Minnesota between now and October. You can see the full schedule of shows to find one near you on the Once Upon a Reader website HERE.

Here are the shows coming up next week...

Tuesday, March 8th

10:30am
Wyoming Area Library
26855 Forest Blvd.
Wyoming, MN 55092

4:00pm
Pine City Public Library
300 5th Street SE
Pine City, MN 55063

Wednesday, March 9th

10:45am
Princeton Area Library
100 S. 4th Avenue
Princeton, MN 55371

Saturday, March 12th

10:00am
R.H. Stafford Library
Central Park Amphitheater

8595 Central Park Pl
Woodbury, MN 55125

3:30pm
Park Grove Library
7900 Hemingway Ave S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Sunday, March 13th

2:00pm
Hardwood Creek Library
19955 Forest Rd N
Forest Lake, MN 55025

 

All shows are free and open to the public. Whether you want to hear a story, get your book signed or just watch me jumping around in a Derby hat, please stop by and say hello!

 

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2016


Derek Anderson

It's National Pig Day,
Which is a perfect day to announce...
There's a new PIGGY BOOK on the way!

I hope you have a BIG appetite. There's a BRAND NEW piggy book on the way!

When Pig and his duck set out to make a perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich, ten more pigs soon come along adding pancakes, peas, macaroni and cheese and more. Sometimes a pig just wants his snack the way he wants it. You're going to want to PIG out on this book, it's delicious!

This book was so much fun to make! Ten Hungry Pigs will be published by Scholastic/Orchard Books and is coming to bookstores everywhere in May.

Happy National PIG Day!

 

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Monday, February 22nd, 2016


Once Upon a Reader

The
TEN PIGS: An Epic Bath Adventure
TRUNK SHOWS
Begin Soon...

The pigs and I are busy getting ready for the Once Upon a Reader Trunk Shows! We're rehearsing our parts, gathering props, stocking up on bubble bath and loading the bathtub for the Trunk Shows that will be taking place all across the state of Minnesota!

The first shows are on Tuesday, March 8th at Wyoming Area Library and Pine City Public Library and Wednesday, March 9th at Princeton Area Library. To learn more about Once Upon a Reader and to find a Trunk Show near you, please click HERE.

 

 

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Monday, February 15th, 2016


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Get ready for
ONCE UPON A READER!
and other news...

Sound the horns! Or at least give your tuba a toot! I'm thrilled to announce that Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure was chosen by Once Upon a Reader as their title for 2016. Once Upon a Reader is a Minnesota one-book program that focuses on children's literature and, through programs, trunk shows and activities, encourages literacy in young children.

This is the second year they've held this program (last year featured the terrific book Moo by David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka).

Between March and October this year I will be traveling all over the state of Minnesota performing Trunk Shows around my book Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure. The show will be a fun mix of reading, drawing, and creating characters and stories through imaginative play. There will be music by the amazing Tom Lieberman created especially for this book and show.

How will I ever fit a rubber duck, a beachball, a boat and a surfboard in my car? Come and see! We're planning some serious fun. The Trunk Shows begin on March 8th! You can read much more about Once Upon a Reader and find a Trunk Show near you on their website HERE.

Special thanks to the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators, the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. There's an amazing team behind this program!

And in other news...

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Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure was named a finalist for the 2016 Minnesota Book Awards in the children's literature category. I'm not sure where I'm going to find ten piggy-sized neckties so the pigs can attend the awards ceremony in April, but I'll get shopping...

Hooray for the pigs!

 

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2016


Hot Rod Hamster

There's a Brand New
HOT ROD HAMSTER Reader
out in the world today!

Hot Rod Hamster Meets His Match! is officially out in the world today! Published by Scholastic Press, this is the seventh book in our speedy Hamster's series (and the fourth beginning reader). In this book, Hot Rod Hamster and his friends venture to a water park where our hero meets a girl hamster that likes to do everything as fast as he does. And he'll need a partner if he's going to take on two big dogs in a race down the water slide. Hot Rod Hamster never backs down from a chance to race and he doesn't disappoint in this book, once again written by the fabulous Cynthia Lord.

Hot Rod Hamster, his best friend, Dog, and those three misbehaving mice have grown into quite a series of rip-roaring adventures. You can find them at your local bookstore or online by clicking HERE.

 

Hot Rod Hamster

For those of you that are regular visitors, you may have noticed a bit of a format change to this page. I'm always exploring the possibilities to find what works best. I needed a little more elbow room for illustrations and sketches, so I did a little redesign for 2016. We'll see how this works. You can always find old posts by clicking on the link below.

Thanks, as always, for reading!

 

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