I am the author of Sterling’s EVEN SUPERHEROES HAVE BAD DAYS (a 2018 Blue Spruce Award Nominee), which KIRKUS called “an action-packed romp,” and MINE! MINE! MINE!, which has been included in many “top 5” and “top 10” lists of books to teach the concept of “sharing” over the years. In addition, I am the author of more than 15 children’s novelty books.
I have four SUPER children and two SUPER granddaughters. Although I do not not have a cape or laser-vision, I know how it feels to have a bad day and try to use my inner super-powers to react in a positive way. I hope my books will encourage readers of all ages to do the same.
I live in Toronto, Canada.
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EVEN SUPERHEROES HAVE BAD DAYS
2018 Blue Spruce Award Nominee
Sterling Publishing, September 2016
When Superheroes don’t get their way,
when they’re sad, when they’re mad, when they’ve had a bad day . . .
. . . they COULD super-tantrum, they COULD but they DON'T,
because REAL Superheroes just WOULDN'T—they WON'T!
All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes—even young superheroes! But what do they do when they’re having a bad day? Colorful action-packed illustrations and a dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children, too) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. From burning off steam on a bike or a hike, to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed.
DISCUSSION GUIDE for parents, teachers, librarians, and booksellers to explore the book's ideas, themes, and meaning with young readers. (Themes: self-control, emotions, healthy ways to relieve stress.)
"Full of action and vibrancy. . . .A good way to soothe bad days away.”
School Library Journal
"Superheroes deal with their emotions...An action packed romp."
"...superheroes have supercontrol over their emotions, according to this lighthearted exposé on how a group of superheroes deal with their frustrations...a spoonful of superheroes certainly helps the message go down."
Even Superheroes Make Mistakes
Sterling Publishing, October 2018
What do young superheroes do when they’ve blundered and bungled? They don’t get mad; they get SMART! This fun follow-up to Even Superheroes Have Bad Days teaches kids another humorous lesson in overcoming adversity.
Even superheroes sometimes slip up and err. And when that happens, do they say, “It’s not FAIR?” or give up in despair? NO! “Ashamed Superheroes who goofed up somehow . . . First STOP . . . then CONSIDER what’s best to do now.” Whether they’ve nabbed the wrong guy by mistake or bashed into a planet while zooming through space, all superheroes ‘fess up their mess-up, get on with their day, and keep on saving the world in the most super way!
Mine! Mine! Mine!
Sterling Publishing, September 2006
“My name is Gail, and here’s a tale that I would like to share…” Gail may happily share her tale…but never her toys, books, or other possessions. And that’s the problem in this entertaining story, narrated in rhyme by the resistant little girl herself.
Gail’s favorite words are “Mine! Mine! Mine!” and she uses them all the time. Even when she tries to follow her Mom’s good examples of generosity, Gail doesn’t get it quite right. “An ugly hat, a broken bat, a smelly, chewed-up shoe…” are all she’ll hand over during her Cousin Claire’s visit. Will Gail EVER become a “sharing superstar”?
With its adorable art and humorous perspective, this picture book makes its point in the most delightful way.
Praise for Mine! Mine! Mine!
"THE BOOK WILL ENCHANT YOUNG READERS AND THEIR PARENTS FOR MANY YEARS TO COME, AND IS DESTINED TO BECOME A MODERN CLASSIC."
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