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Loose Ends


First, I would like to thank everyone for all your support.

Second, I am now a part of a glog (group blog) called WORD DISCO. Here is the link to my first post on Word Disco.

Third, I am now being represented by the fabulous Teresa Kietlinski at Prospect Agency. Here’s the link to my portfolio on their site.

Fourth, NEW ART!

©Stephen Shaskan 2012 from Rat and Mouse and early chapter book series I am working on with my wife Trisha Speed Shaskan.

©Stephen Shaskan 2012 Another piece from Rat and Mouse’s first big adventure.

©Stephen Shaskan 2012 Revising Little Choo.

And fifth, a sneak peek at some art from the upcoming Three Triceratops Tuff (Simon&Schuster Spring 2013).

The Three Triceratops Tuff

The Three Triceratops Tuff

The Three Triceratops Tuff

Sixth, I have a cafepress site Rhymes With Trashcan

Tate shows off his stylin’ new Dog is a Dog Tee!

A Dog is a Dog Tee as modeled by Tate!



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Pirate Sketches!


Here are 4 character sketches for a future project.

A really bad pirate!

A really, really bad pirate!

A really, really, really bad pirate!

A really, really, really, really bad pirate!

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A DOG IS A DOG is One Year Old!


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It’s been a crazy busy month. I hope to be uploading some new art soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d show some photos from my awesome September.

September 3rd, Labor Day! I spent Labor Day at the Minnesota State Fair at the Alphabet Forest, a fabulous area of the fair set up for families to enjoy free activities and meet local “home grown” authors and illustrators. This area was created by the super powered Debra Frasier!

Here’s a link to the Alphabet Forest. 

Here’s a link to Debra Frasier’s website.

There’s even a great blurb about the event on Publisher’s Weekly’s site!

September 8th, I had a blast at the wonderful Princeton Children’s Book Festival in New Jersey. I got to meet so many fantastic authors and illustrators, librarians, teachers, and families.

Rockin’ out The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Here’s a link to the Princeton Children’s Book Festival.

September 9th. Entertaining families at jaZams, a great independent toy/bookstore in Princeton, NJ!

Here’s a link to jaZams!

September 13th, My wife and I met Dav Pilkey! He was signing books at The Bookcase in Wayzata, MN.

Here’s a link to the Bookcase!

September 15th, I was at the Redwing Children’s Book Festival in Redwing, MN. These kids are comparing my original dummy for A Dog is a Dog to the finish product.

My wife, Trisha Speed Shaskan, read her book Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying up in a tower at the Redwing festival.

Here’s a link to the Redwing festival at the Anderson Center.

Here’s a link to Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying, by Trisha Speed Shaskan.

September 24th, I presented at Turtle Lake Elementary’s Family Fun Night in Shoreview, MN.

Here’s the link to School Librarian Extraordinaire Julie Reimer’s blog post about the Turtle Lake Elementary event. 

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Red Rock Elementary ROCKS!


A BIG thanks to Carla Larsen, Media Specialist extraordinaire! I had such a warm welcome at Red Rock Elementary! The kids had made dozens of posters, and even had colored dog masks from my Kids’ Stuff page! We sang songs, came up with new rhymes for Down By the Bay, and shared lots of questions. One classroom gave me a stack of awesome compliments and questions. I’ll be working hard on answering all of them. One student showed me her drawing of a person coming out of a snowman costume!

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My Crazy Summer (so far)


Here’s what’s been happening.

I had a great time reading some of my favorite books and singing songs at the awesome independent bookstore Red Balloon Bookshop.

Playing songs at the Red Balloon Bookshop!

Reading HOW I BECAME A PIRATE! by Melinda Long and David Shannon

I read before the St. Paul Saints (our local minor league team) game. We sang take me out to the ballgame and even did an instrumental version with all the kids playing kazoos! A big thank you to MACKIN Educational Resources and the Saint Paul Saints (especially Annie) for working together and making such a great event!

Trisha and I with my name up in lights!


Mudonna even sat in for the reading!

I even got some great Saints gear!

I read at Barnes and Noble in Roseville, MN. 4 year old Ingrid (no photo) belted out “You Are My Sunshine!”

A As my mom said, “Barnes and Noble that’s the Big Time.”

Last but not least, I celebrated a birthday, and a good friend gave me this amazing crazy fantastic vintage children’s book about the planets!

Ski‐Hi by Terry!

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New Choo


I’ve been working on a new version of my little train, Little Choo.

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Excelsior Bay Books Story Time Trolley!


I had an awesome time riding the trolley (which is really a Street Car), reading my book, and singing songs out at Excelsior Bay on Tuesday June 12th! A big thanks to Ann at Excelsior Bay Books for helping out, and to all the awesome conductors!

Here I am with all those awesome conductors!

Singing BINGO!

Reading A DOG IS A DOG!

And for the finale a kazoo‐a‐long to TWINKLE LITTLE STAR! I brought kazoos for all the kids!

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Excelsior Bay Books Story Time Trolley


Title: Excelsior Bay Books Story Time Trolley
Location: Excelsior Bay MN
Link out: Click here
Description: Join me for a trolley ride, a story and some music!
Start Time: 05:00pm
Date: 2012‐06‐12

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Rhythm and Words Festival!


I had the amazing opportunity to present at the Rhythm and Words Festival in Burnsville this past weekend! Thanks to Jennifer Verbrugge, Dakota County Librarian extraordinaire, and the Legacy Funding. A big thank you to all the librarians from the Dakota County Libraries who helped out putting this fabulous event together!The presentation started with a favorite song about a dog, BINGO

Later in the presentation I had the kids come up with new animals and rhymes for the song “Down by the Bay.” That’s 4 years of the finest art school up there!

And of course lots of time at the end for dancing and acting like crazy kids!

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