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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


Derek Anderson


Come to a Book Party for
Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania!
at Red Balloon this weekend!
Saturday, April 12th
10:30am
Red Balloon Bookshop
(on Grand Avenue in St. Paul)

I'll be there reading, drawing and signing along with a certain speedy hamster who LOVES MONSTER TRUCKS. Stop by and say hello. See you Saturday!

Check out Red Balloon's website for directions HERE.

 

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Monday, March 31st, 2014


Derek Anderson Ames, Iowa


I'm coming to Ames this weekend!
Saturday, April 5th
10:30am
Iowa State University Bookstore
(in the Memorial Union)

I'll be there along with a certain speedy hamster who likes fast rides, especially the rides that involve MONSTER TRUCKS. I'll see you in Ames!

 

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


Hot Rod Hamster Monster Truck Mania

Happy publication day!
The NEW book
Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania!
is in stores TODAY!

Get ready for Hot Rod Hamster! He's racing out into the world in a brand new Monster Truck adventure today. It takes incredible amounts of time, energy and hard work to make a book, so it's always exciting when that book is finally published and we get to turn it over to our readers to enjoy.

Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! was a lot of fun to make. Here's what the critics are saying:

"...Anderson's bright-eyed, expressive acrylics extend Lord's
enthusiastic rhyming tale to perfection."

-Kirkus Reviews

"The bright, boldly colored acrylic illustrations of funny,
silly animals perfectly match the text's high energy level..."

-School Library Journal

To read the complete reviews, click HERE.
To order a copy of Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! click HERE.

 

 

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Monday, March 24th, 2014


Hot Rod Hamster

Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania!
will be in stores tomorrow!
Check out a Sneak Peek today...

My NEW picture book with Cynthia Lord, Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! will be doing donuts and sky wheelies in stores tomorrow! This is such a fun book- it's full of goofy characters and a lot of fun rides. But if you know anything about our furry little friend, you know that Hot Rod Hamster would never be satisfied with just a fun ride. He wants to find the BEST ride of all, and does he ever. This one is full of fast and furious FUN... oh, and there's a monster truck involved!

I'll share reviews tomorrow, but today you can catch a sneak peek on Scholastic's "Story Hour" website HERE.

 

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania!

The NEW book and a whole lot of
FUN in schools!

Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! will be in stores sooner than soon. I'll give a little peek inside and let you know what the critics are saying in the next weeks.

But first things first...

1. The NEW book will be in stores on Tuesday, March 25th.

2. I will be doing presentations and signings in the Twin Cities and Iowa.

Ames
Saturday, April 5th
10:30am
ISU Bookstore
(in the Memorial Union)
www.isubookstore.com

Twin Cities
Saturday, April 12th
10:30am
Red Balloon Bookshop
(on Grand Avenue in St. Paul)
www.redballoonbookshop.com

3. I've been having a great time in schools this spring.

I have a lot of fun to show, but I'm going to have to do this a little at a time. These pics are from Sun Path Elementary here in the Twin Cities. I spoke to the entire school at once- 750 kids!

Sun Path Elementary

After doing a fun presentation, I drew and answered the students' questions about writing and illustrating books.

Sun Path Elementary

They did an amazing job of prepping the students before my visit. They downloaded the Hot Rod Hamster activity sheet and had the students design and draw their own race cars for Hamster. This is a great way of engaging readers' imaginations and bringing another dimension to the experience of reading. They came up with some really fun race cars!

Hot Rod Hamster

The media center was Hot Rod Hamster central. These guys take their author visits very seriously and the students really get into it. Here, they decorated the desk in the media center like Hot Rod Hamster's car, complete with real tires!

Hot Rod Hamster

And that's the man responsible- Bob Lincoln, otherwise known as "The Drumming Librarian." This guy is a rock star! He brings books and reading to life for the students at Sun Path Elementary.

Bob Lincoln

Bob wrote a song for Hot Rod Hamster. And, of course, there's a dance. They recorded the song and had the students sing it when I was there. You can see the video HERE.

Many thanks to Bob Lincoln for a very special day with the staff and students at Sun Path Elementary!

 

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Friday, January 10th, 2014


Hot Rod Hamster

Get ready for a BRAND NEW
Hot Rod Hamster book in March!

Happy 2014! A brand new Hot Rod Hamster book is on the way. Hot Rod Hamster, his friend, Dog, and those trouble-making mice are back in an all new picture book called Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! Written by the always fabulous Cynthia Lord (I illustrated), it will be published by Scholastic Press in March.

We've already received the first review from Kirkus. After a summary of the story, they say, "...Anderson's bright-eyed, expressive acrylics extend Lord's enthusiastic rhyming tale to perfection." Thanks, Kirkus!

I'll be showing behind-the-scenes sketches and paintings over the next weeks and months leading up to the publication in March. I will post public events here as I have them as well.

One more thing...

Louie

Happy birthday to my best buddy in the world! Louie is three today. Here's a picture of him sporting his new winter boots. We've had a lot of sub-zero temperatures here in Minneapolis this winter and that can be hard on the paws. As you can tell by this picture, he's still not quite sure what to think of them.

 

 

 

 

 

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