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Books Out From Friends

There are two new books out today by friends and colleagues! The first is My So-Called Superpowers by Heather Nuhfer.

Heather wrote a popular string of My Little Pony comics and after she moved to Seattle, I invited her to join me in a signing and we’ve been friends ever since. Children’s comics have had their ups and downs, but children love to read, so Heather brought her talents to the book world. My So-Called Superpowers is her debut novel and the first of a three-part story, so more is coming!

If you pick up a copy, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or GoodReads! Reviews help successful authors become more successful and write more books.

I’ve known Amy Mebberson since we were signed on to Strawberry Shortcake, and we’ve been collaborators on many projects since. Amy is currently doing a lot of work in toy design, but she’s also illustrating picture books for Disney Publishing. Her latest book is out today, Who’s That Dwarf?

It never hurts to leave a review and remind Disney that Amy should always, ALWAYS be kept busy.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter

Picture Book Spotlight: Emily’s Bunch

Emily’s Bunch by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Alice Numeroff Richter
Published: Macmillan, 1978
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Sibling rivalry is an infinite source of conflict. In Emily’s Bunch, Jeffrey and his much-younger sister Emily argue over what they’re wearing to an upcoming costume party. Emily’s first idea is to throw a pillowcase over her head and go as a ghost, but Jeffrey shoots it down.

The posture of a guy with an opinion that counts.

Jeffrey is a downer throughout the story and declares every idea Emily has “unoriginal.” Jeffrey’s own “original” idea is to dress as the poor boy who’s throwing the party, much to the party-planner’s irritation.

I invited you to my party so you could make fun of me, awesome.

Emily announces she’ll go as a bunch of grapes just to spite her brother, with no clue how she’ll manage it. There’s enough of a delay between that moment and the scene where she declares sweet victory that the reader has time to speculate. What are the ways someone could be a bunch of grapes?

Oh.

In the Internet age, grape costumes are a Google search away. In 1978, ganging up on your brother in a purple paper bag with all of your friends like some grape-themed sequel to Children of the Corn sounded totally reasonable.

The last thing Jeffrey saw on Earth.

Emily’s Bunch is a girl-empowerment book with natural dialog and a 1970s aesthetic. Hardcovers are available from third-party sellers on Amazon.

Author of Strawberry Shortcake: Return of the Purple Pie Man, Disney’s Frozen Comic Collection, Transformers: Robots in Disguise Animated and Littlest Pet Shop: Open for Business. She’s written for IDW Publishing, Hasbro, Lion Forge, American Greetings and Scholastic, and her work has been discussed in Comics Beat and The Washington Post. Subscribe to the newsletter