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Punky Posters!

08.09.14

Here are some posters I created for the PUNK SKUNK’s punk apartments! What are some of your favorite punk bands?

The Ham

The Ham

Shriouxsie Shrioux!

Shriouxsie Shrioux!

The Ratmoans!

The Ratmoans!

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Illustrator Day at Greenwood Elementary in Plymouth, MN

02.28.13

I had a fantastic time on Tuesday, February 26th at Greenwood Elementary School in Plymouth, MN. A BIG thanks to Linda Gibbons (Media Specialist), Lauren Ingwaldson (Super Tech Person STP), and Pam Christensen (PTA) for making my visit so welcoming.

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Talking about books I’ve illustrated.

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From the start of A DOG IS A DOG to the finish, I used eleven sketch books.

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I always have a sketch book with me. Showing kids my sketches.

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Working on a group doodle with the students.

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5 different students draw squiggly lines on the paper and then I connect the lines and we figure out what it is.

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This one turned out to be an octopus. That day we also had a crocodile fish, a crazy elephant, a guy in a snow hat, and a princess sniffing a flower.

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Coming up with new rhymes to DOWN BY THE BAY.

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My personal favorite was, “Have you ever seen a rabbit with a bad habit.” I chose to make the bad habit biting fingernails.

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Singing DOWN BY THE BAY with the new rhymes.

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Ending the talk.

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Finishing off with some jumping and dancing!

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Red Rock Elementary ROCKS!

03.29.12

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! And a special thanks goes out to Mr. Sorensen and Carla for wearing the Dog costume!

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I Saw A Thousand Faces and I Rocked Them All!

02.24.12

Today was my first school visit! Thanks to Jessica Freeburg for setting this up at Cherry View Elementary in Lakeville Minnesota. A big thank you to Paula and Angela for helping me with my presentation, and to all the teachers, staff and crazy awesome kids at CVE!

The K-2 groups helped me sing some songs, learned a little about me as a kid, and came up with some fantastic new rhymes when we sang Down By the Bay. The 3rd-5th graders got to hear about being an artist, how what I liked when I was a kid still effects what I do now, the stages of A Dog is a Dog from dummy to finished book, and my process. All the kids had fantastic questions, and I loved answering all of them! I kept the songs for the younger kids, but in the end the older kids wanted me to play my guitar. Since most of the songs I do are for younger kids, and I didn’t know Crazy Train (actual request, so cool), I played Buddy Holly’s All My Love All My Kisses, to a deafening roar. As the kids were leaving the gym they were chanting, “Stephen! Stephen!”

Cherry View Elementary

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