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Apr

2017

Moo Moo in a Tutu is a B&N Top Spring Pick!

Excited to share the news that Barnes and Nobles has selected Moo Moo in a Tutu as one of the best new picture books this Spring!

Moo Moo in a Tutu, by Tim Miller
Meet Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers: while their names are suggestive of their species, their ambitions are less predictable. When Moo Moo reveals her dream of becoming a ballerina to Mr. Quackers—as he prunes his exquisite garden—her loyal sidekick is initially dumbfounded, then unflinchingly supportive. There are ups and downs on any career path, and you’ll laugh all the way through Moo Moo’s. Comic book illustrations make this appealing to all ages!

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02

Apr

2017

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1946-47

A few years back when Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers toured with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Photograph courtesy of Irving Penn.

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Sat

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Apr

2017

Introducing The Moo Moo in a Tutu Book Trailer!

Warning: This trailer will quack you up! Watch at your own risk!

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Mon

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Mar

2017

Moo Moo in a Tutu is a SLJ March Popular Pick!

My sincere thanks to the School Library Journal for spotlighting Moo Moo in a Tutu as a March Popular Pick! 

 

 

MILLER, Tim. Moo Moo in a Tutu. illus. by Tim Miller. 32p. (Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers). HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Apr. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062414403. POP

PreS-Gr 2 –A bovine with big dreams and a dubious duck team up in this hilarious romp about a wild idea, a terribly executed plan, and unabashed determination. When Moo Moo gets “the best idea in the whole world,” Mr. Quackers stops trimming his bonsai to respond hesitantly, “Another one?” He replies, further alarmed, “Are you for real!?!” when Moo Moo saunters out in a large handmade pink tutu. Without lessons or a backward glance, the cow and the duck head to the ballet and purchase two tickets. Moo Moo goes backstage while Mr. Quackers finds a seat in the audience. Unsurprisingly, the cow causes quite a commotion, eventually landing with a smash in the orchestral pit, while the duck dutifully claps and cheers. Moo Moo decides to retire while at the top of her game and soon enough has another brilliant idea: to forgo her solo career in favor of cajoling Mr. Quackers into an acrobatic circus duo. Miller’s style is a mixture of comic strip and full-page illustrations done amusingly in pastels and thick black lines. The hilarious speech bubble asides from Mr. Quackers pair perfectly with the bold illustrations to create a winning format for this tale of pluck. VERDICT A sublimely silly read-aloud for storytime and small group sharing.–Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH

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Mon

20

Mar

2017

Storytime

A big thank you to Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab for inviting me to share Margarash (Enchanted Lion) for story time this past Sunday. It was my first visit to this gem of a store, and we had great crowd join in the fun.

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Wed

15

Mar

2017

Moo Moo in a Tutu is an Amazon Spring Pick!

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Wed

01

Mar

2017

Snappsy is Back!

#Snappsy's back along with his new BFF (well, sort of)! Check out @julie_falatko's exclusive cover reveal over at the Nerdy Book Club

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Thu

16

Feb

2017

Moo Moo in a Tutu is a Junior Library Guild Selection!

I am happy to share the news the Moo Moo in a Tutu, Winter 2017 (Balzer+Bray) is a Junior Library Guild Selection! My sincere thanks to the Junior Library Guild for this great honor! 

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Wed

01

Feb

2017

It's a Book!

It's real! Holding my first bound copy of #MooMooInaTutu! In bookstores everywhere on 4/25/17 from Balzer + Bray.

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Tue

13

Dec

2016

Looking at Art with Children

I recently had the pleasure to share my thoughts on the experience of looking at art with children. My sincere thanks to Videracy for the opportunity to spotlight this topic that is near and dear to my heart.

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Fri

02

Dec

2016

Fearsome Folk Tales

A big thank you to the Meghan Cox Gurdon for this wonderful review of Margarash in the Wall Street Journal!

It is never pleasant to reach down between sofa cushions to the realm of crumbs, pen caps and lost nickels. How much more squeamish we may be after reading “Margarash” (Enchanted Lion, 48 pages, $17.95), an engagingly offbeat picture book by Mark Riddlethat reveals the existence of a vast domain beneath the springs of all couches, everywhere. Illumined only by pinpricks of light from pillow gaps, it is roamed by the ferocious, coin-collecting fiend Margarash. In goofy and dramatic pictures (see above), Tim Miller captures the descent into this land of a young coin-fancier named Collin, his tussles with the toothy monster, and the odd fellowship that develops between them.

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Fri

04

Nov

2016

Illustrating Margarash

A behind the scenes look from start to finish of the various stages of development I went through in figuring out the illustrations for Mark Riddle's Margarash published by Enchanted Lion. The journey was anything but easy because it took a long time to settle on exactly what I wanted the look to be. In trying to come up with an answer I pushed around all the different possibilities I could think of. What eluded me was something that really got both to the heart of the characters, while also being something that I felt I could pull off with a visceral life to it. The irony is that it finally came together when there was a month left to deliver and I had no choice but to commit to something and live with it. 

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Sat

15

Oct

2016

Ready Set Draw!

A big thank you to Kidlit TV for inviting me to appear on Ready Set Draw and share how to draw characters from Snappsy the Alligator and Moo Moo in a Tutu using basic shapes!

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Wed

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Oct

2016

Meet Hamstersaurus Rex...

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Sun

02

Oct

2016

Rampaging Mutant Dino-Hamster Party

A big thank you to everyone who came to the Hamstersaurus Rex book party today, as well as to Books of Wonder for graciously hosting us. It was a lively crowd and Tom O'Donnell and I had a great time sharing and discussing the book with all of you.

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