Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BCCB on Good Night Owl

It can be difficult as an artist to be compared to other artists. It can make your work feel sort of like a game - like you get points for style, or heart, or humor.

But sometimes people compare you to your heroes, and while it can feel absurd, it also feels pretty damn good.

For the record, I'm not comparing my work to the work of the late and great Arnold Lobel - author and illustrator of some of my favorite - and my one absolute all time favorite children's books. But it was nice of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books to do so.

If you haven't yet checked out my new book, please consider it. Cheers!

"The pithy and accessible writing and the story’s amusing absurdity make this read like a classic Arnold Lobel story, and Owl certainly bears a resemblance in personality, if not appearance, to Lobel’s lovable curmudgeon, Toad. While the attractive illustrations and possibilities for dramatic delivery lend this to reading aloud, the clear sans serif font and simple vocabulary give it read-alone potential as well, especially for readers who are one step up from Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series. Pizzoli’s artwork, rendered in candy pastel and neutral tones with retro detailing, is tidily and thoughtfully composed."

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Hi guys - so, I have new picture book coming out in April. I think it might be my best book. It's called GOOD NIGHT OWL, and it's about a little owl who is trying to go to sleep, but he keeps hearing a SQUEEK - and he can't figure out where it's coming from.

I got to work with some friends making the trailer - Lizzy O'Donnell​ did the animation and Christopher Sean Powell​ did the music - they both did amazing jobs on this - thanks guys!

The books isn't out for 3 months, and I'm planning to post all sorts of behind-the-scenes sketches, and activity sheets, and even a cross stitch pattern (yes, really) — but for now, I hope you'll check out the trailer.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Seven Impossible Things

Really thrilled to be featured on Seven Impossible Things today! Check out the post for info about how the TRICKY VIC started as a zine, and a little bit about my art process while making this book:

Monday, January 12, 2015

Three New Books This Year

I updated my website - - with info on the three new books I have coming out this year - two of which I wrote. Check it out!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thank yous!

Here is a random assortment of thank you notes from the students at George C. Baker Elementary school - which I visited in early December. I read them THE WATERMELON SEED, NUMBER ONE SAM, and the forthcoming TRICKY VIC, TEMPLETON GETS HIS WISH, and DRAGON WAS TERRIBLE, which Kelly DiPucchio wrote. I couldn't scan and post them all - but here is a sampling of the notes the students sent me. If anyone from Baker is reading - THANK YOU!!! - you guys are the best. I hope to visit again.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Kirkus Starred Review for Tricky Vic

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower - my first nonfiction picture book - just received its first review, and it's a star from Kirkus! 

Here's a link to the full review.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I care about this book, and how it started as a zine in an offset printing class at UArts - and how I figured it could never be published traditionally. Sitting here this morning and reading this incredibly generous review felt pretty surreal. 

Three more months and I can share it with everyone - and I am so looking forward to that. Look for it on March 10th!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

ALA "READ!" Poster (and bookmarks)

I was honored to make a "READ!" poster and bookmarks for the American Library Association featuring my picture book characters. Super excited to say they are available now!