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09

Feb

2018

Sketchbook 2-9-18

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06

Feb

2018

It's Cover Reveal Time!

Introducing HORSE MEETS DOG by Elliot Kalan & illustrated by me! Coming this fall from Balzer+Bray!

 

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05

Feb

2018

An Important Message from Dog

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03

Feb

2018

Sketchbook 2-3-18

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02

Feb

2018

An Important Message from Horse

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01

Feb

2018

Happy World Read Aloud Day From Silly Willy (and his Fat Cat)!

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30

Dec

2017

Live at the NY Times!

Guess who’s visiting @nytimesbooks Facebook Live Wednesday January 3, 2018 at 3:30 PM? Hint: Alligator whose BFF is a chicken.

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25

Sep

2017

Guess Who's Back?

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19

Sep

2017

Ten Fine Things About Moo Moo in a Tutu by Linda Ashman

My sincere thanks to Linda Ashman for sharing the following review of Moo Moo in a Tutu on her blog today.

Ten Fine Things About Moo Moo in a Tutu

 

 

I loved Tim Miller’s art in Snappsy the Alligator  (Julie Falatko’s story as well), so naturally I was eager to read Moo Moo in a Tutu, Tim’s debut as both author and illustrator.

And it delivers.

How? Let me count the ways.

          1. The title. Rhythmic. Musical. Evocative.

          2. The marquee-esque title page that introduces the two main characters.

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07

May

2017

Moo Moo & Mr. Quackers visit Librarian's Quest

A big thank you to Margie Myers-Culver for sharing this kind and thoughtful review of Moo Moo in a Tutu on her blog!

A Brave Bovine And A Buddy

 

 

Decades ago my parents joined other couples in our local community to form a square dance group.  They would gather at the nearby township hall on Saturdays to dance.  There were often family nights and special celebrations for holidays.  One of the most memorable events was one particular Halloween.

Partners were required to go in costume.  Mom was all decked out in a homemade scarecrow outfit. My dad was about average build but he was strong, working in the same factory for more than forty-one years.  To see him standing in the doorway wearing pink ballerina attire, from head to toe, is something you never forget especially when a bald man is wearing a wig.


It's the contrast between what you know to be true and what you see that creates the comedy.  Moo Moo & Mr. Quackers present Moo Moo in a Tutu (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, April 25, 2017) written and illustrated by Tim Miller provides readers with a similar disparity and much more.  You can hardly say the title without laughing.

Mr. Quackers, I just had the best idea in the whole world!

Another one?

This cow and this duck, best buddies, share an apartment in a large city.  Readers know what Moo Moo's idea is.  It's not until after several false guesses and a big reveal that Mr. Quackers fully comprehends.  He is flabbergasted!  How can a cow become a ballerina?

When Mr. Quackers points out the lack of training on Moo Moo's part, Moo Moo is not deterred regardless of a rather large crash during practice.  Lickety split the duo head to the theater across the street.  Moo Moo is ready to perform.  Ever the faithful friend Mr. Quackers is ready to watch.

Suspense builds as Mr. Quackers strolls down the aisle and takes a seat.  Moo Moo heads backstage assuring his pal nothing will be broken.  To the shock of the three ballerinas already on stage, Moo Moo joins them.

Moo Moo's impressive dancing makes for an unforgettable performance.  Leaving the theater and then at home, Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers have an interesting conversation brimming with possibilities.  This duck is certainly unprepared for their surprising next adventure.

Told entirely in dialogue placed in speech balloons, Tim Miller spins a narrative introducing us to Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers within the first few pages.  Their personalities and relationship are more thoroughly revealed as the story continues; the one firmly grounded on terra firma while the other seeks high-flying adventures.  Humor fills their conversations and their remarks to others.  Here is a sample passage.

But you've never taken ballet lessons.

It's okay.  I'm a quick learner.


CRASH


That last move is a little trickier
than it looks, but I've almost got it.

If you say so.


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Mon

01

May

2017

Chillin With Dylan!

A big thank you to Dylan Teut for inviting to visit his blog Mile High Reading to discuss the making of Moo Moo in a Tutu.

 A Few Questions with Tim Miller

Joining me today is the author/illustrator of the brand new Moo Moo in a Tutu books, Tim Miller!

Hey Tim! Thanks for joining me here to talk about your new book and what else is going on for you!

 

Hi Dylan! Thanks so much for having me. It’s a pleasure to speak with you!

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25

Apr

2017

The Best Part of My Day With Colby Sharp featuring: Moo Moo in a Tutu!

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24

Apr

2017

Moo Moo & Mr. Quackers Visit the Nerdy Book Club!

To celebrate the release of Moo Moo in a Tutu, Moo Moo, Mr. Quackers, and stop on over at the Nerdy Book club to reflect on how the book was created. Spoiler alert: It all started when I grew up on a dairy farm! Read the full story here!

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06

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.