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Authors and Illustrators at the Hudson Childrens's Book Festival -- May 4, 2013

Book Festival Authors and Illustrators

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Author and Web Site Featured Book Biography/Awards 3 Fun Facts!
Bennett, Artie
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Belches Burps and Farts

Artie Bennett is the executive copy editor for a children’s book publisher and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!). He would be hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose” for his much-acclaimed The Butt Book, his first “mature” work, which published in 2010. His “number two” picture book, fittingly, was entitled Poopendous! What more fertile topic could there be but poop! His third picture book, Peter Panda Melts Down!, an adorable storybook but a departure from butts and poop, published in February 2014. But Artie got right back on track with the uproarious Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!, which disgorged in September 2014.

Artie lives deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his spare time moving his car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking and shaking his fist at his neighbors. He is pleased to share the visionary promise of The Butt Book, Poopendous!, Peter Panda Melts Down!, and Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! with a wider audience.

The Show Me Librarian says: “Bennett’s use of rhyme is excellent; his stanzas flow and exude joviality in a manner that few writers since Dr. Seuss have truly mastered. Simply put, these books are a joy.”

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A few honors you and your books have received

Belches, Burps and Farts—Oh My!
2015 K-2 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee for Informational Text
Pragmatic Mom Best Nonfiction Book for Kids
Huffington Post (One of) 26 Entertaining and Educational Books for Back-to-School Season
Brooklyn Family New & Noteworthy Citation

Cybils Award Nominee for Best Non-Fiction Picture Book
Bright Horizons Notable Book in the Humorous Books for Children Category
Book Vine for Children Growing Green Book

The Butt Book
Reuben Award Winner for Book Illustration
Best Feel-Good Children’s Book (The Huffington Post)
New York State Assembly/NYPL Suggested Reading Title

1. I grew up playing stickball on the rough-and-tumble streets of Brooklyn and would occasionally light into a Spaldeen, sending it soaring a healthy three sewers!

2. I’ve kept lists since boyhood of all the colorful, eccentric, and remarkable words I’ve encountered. Please don’t ever call me a snollygoster!

3. Though my newest superfun picture book, Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!, proclaims we average fourteen toots per day, I may well have exceeded my quota one flatulent Friday in February! Where was the Beano???

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Craft, Jerry
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The Offenders

Jerry Craft has illustrated and written more than 2 dozen children's books, comics and board games, including a middle grade novel co-written with his two teenage sons, Jaylen and Aren called: "The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention!" An adventure story that teaches kids about the effects of bullying. Jerry is the creator of Mama's Boyz, an award-winning comic strip that was distributed by King Features from 1995 - 2013. In 2014, he illustrated "The Zero Degree Zombie Zone," his first book for Scholastic. See more at

 A few honors you and your books have received

The Offenders was chosen by for their first ever book club on bullying!
2013 Glyph Award Winner for Best Comic Strip
African American Literary Show Open Book Award  “Best Comic Strip” (2013, 2012, 2011, 2009 & 2004)

1. My book, “The Offenders,” got a great cover blurb from the writer of Iron Man 3.

2. I met Queen Elizabeth when I was a kid.

3. I’ve done a syndicated comic strip, a comic book, a picture book and a middle grade novel.

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Dadey, Debbie
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The Polar Bear Express

Debbie Dadey is a former first grade teacher and librarian.  She has sold over 42 million copies of her books.  Her first book, Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  Her newest book, The Polar Bear Express, is part of the Mermaid Tales series.

A few honors you and your books have received
Publishers Weekly bestseller
Children’s Choice Awards

1. Fell out of an airplane for a story.

2. Slid into a shark tank for a story!

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Dee, Barbara
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Barbara Dee writes humorous fiction for tween girls. Her newest book, THE (ALMOST) PERFECT GUIDE TO IMPERFECT BOYS, was just published by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster in September. She is also the author of TRAUMA QUEEN, THIS IS ME FROM NOW ON, SOVING ZOE, and JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY INSANELY REAL LIFE. When she is not writing or helping to organize the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival or blogging for From the Mixed-Up Files...of Middle Grade Authors (, she roots for the New York Yankees and walks her rescue dog, Ripley. Barbara lives with her family in Westchester County, NY. Visit her website at

A few honors you and your books have received
Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year;
Publishers Weekly Starred Review; Girls Life "Top 100 Must Reads";
New York State Library Association Three Apples Book Award finalist

1-I recently adopted a rescue coonhound named Ripley.

2-Dogwalking helps me to think up stories.

3-If you see me talking to myself while walking my dog, don't think I'm crazy. l'm just trying out dialogue!

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