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Night of the Dragons Sweepstakes


Celebrating the release of my new book, Night at the Museum: Nick’s Tales – Night of the Dragons, Barron’s Educational Series is giving away one of their OTHER Night at the Museum books each day from March 1, 2011 to August 1, 2011 to winners chosen at random (no purchase necessary).
Click HERE to enter and good luck!


LEGO CiTY: Build This City!


My first LEGO City book comes out this month–Build this City! My brother and I grew up playing with a tub full of LEGOs so writing these books was like visiting an old friend. Of course, the LEGOs today are vastly superior to the ones we had in our day. I’m a bit jealous, actually.

If your child is learning to read or is a LEGO fan or likes watching construction machinery or… all three, he or she should enjoy this book.


Upcoming Appearance!


If you’re in the Kansas City, Missouri area, bring the kids to meet me on Saturday, July 10th at the Kansas City Central Library. At 2:00 PM, I’ll give my fun performance about what it’s like to be a writer and the exciting path I took to get here. I’ll perform my dynamic multimedia presentation, take time to answer as many questions possible, and I may even break out the guitar!

However, if there are any young writers out there (or kids just becoming interested in writing), I plan to give a fun and informative writing workshop that morning at 10:30 AM. It’s nothing too strenuous and every grade, skill, and experience level is welcome. I give the kids some helpful hints and practices to begin improving their writing skills right now!

For more information and to RSVP, click HERE!

I look forward to meeting you AND I’d like to check out those giant books on the Central Library parking garage. Of course, by “check out” I mean check out in the looking sense not check out in the library sense. Because… well… they’re really really big… and probably not real.


Back from DallasKidsRead!


I had a good time at DallasKidsRead! I met many great authors and illustrators and had fun performing for the kids. The above photo shows me with a few of the authors including local author, Catherine Weiskopf. She wrote some very cool math books proving that some authors can be good at writing and arithmetic (yeah, I’m not one of those authors).

WFAA shot some video of the beginning of the Northpark event where the host, Mayor Tom Leppert, read a Dr. Sues book to the kids. I’m not in the above piece but there is a young boy reading my WordGirl book–very cool!

Thanks to the sponsors and everyone who came out to see us. And a special thanks to all the wonderful volunteers from Rainbow Days and the Dallas Public Library for helping out. They were amazing at organizing and running this huge event!

Thanks again for having me; I had a great time!


Come see me at DallasKidsRead!


I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s DallasKidsRead!

The festival begins on Friday the 16th, where I’ll be one of 19 authors and illustrators presenting to preselected DISD students. But on Saturday the 17th, from 1:00 to 6:00, everyone is invited to come out and meet the authors and listen to our presentations!

The festival will be set up at NorthPark Center, on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s. For more information, visit:

See you there!