Friday, April 11, 2014

Philadelphia Book Festival

Thursday, April 17th at 10:30am - I'll be reading a couple of books and doing some
drawing at the 
Philadelphia City Institute - the Rittenhouse Park location of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Come by to hear a reading of The Watermelon Seed and a sneak preview
of my new picture book, Number One Sam, which will be in stores in May.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Books of Wonder Event! Sunday, March 30th

I'll be at Books of Wonder with Brian Floca, Aaron Becker, David Wiesner, and Mary Sullivan on Sunday, March 30th from 1-3pm. Come by and say hello! All the details are here.

Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th St., New York, NY

Friday, March 21, 2014

Starred Review from School Library Journal!

NUMBER ONE SAM comes through with a third starred review! This one from School Library Journal. The review will appear in the April issue, and the full review is under the picture. Woohoo!

Author: Pizzoli, Greg
Illustrator: Pizzoli, Greg
ISBN: 9781423171119

PreS-Gr 1–Sam is used to winning everything, including car racing, his sport of choice. His wall of trophies and trinkets show off his talent for success until the day the unthinkable happens: the pup loses the big race because he stops for a group of oblivious chickens in the middle of the track. Then his cheering friends and the chickens let him know that he is still number one with them. Children will be able to relate to Sam’s disappointment when he loses while also understanding the concept that winning isn’t always everything. Pizzoli’s playful, cartoon illustrations perfectly showcase the message in a fun way yet never come off as didactic. Pizzoli’s use of four-color art provides an airy, uncluttered vision for his story that will definitely attract children. The simple yet exciting text drives the story forward and will make it a popular choice at storytimes.–Christopher Lassen, Brooklyn Public Library

Monday, March 3, 2014

Starred Review for NUMBER ONE SAM

"Sam the dog is a champion race-car driver, and he has the trophy wall to prove it. But racing isn’t just a sport for Sam—it’s his whole identity, and when he loses to his best friend Maggie the elephant, he’s truly shaken up. “The night before the next race, Sam didn’t sleep one wink,” writes Geisel Award–winner Pizzoli (The Watermelon Seed). Will Sam do anything to win back his title? What if it means mowing down five oblivious chicks who decide to cross the track at the very moment the race’s outcome hangs in the balance? One thing’s certain: this is another winner from Pizzoli, who employs the same naïf drawing style and four-color spot printing technique that gave his debut a silly sweetness and distinctly artisanal feel. Working with a more straightforward narrative this time, Pizzoli adeptly builds tension and sympathy for Sam, so that even when the story wraps up with a familiar lesson—a little sportsmanship and selflessness go a long way—it feels like everybody really does win."

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lil' Readers Button Give Away

I just got six boxes of my button collaboration with Badge Bomb from Portland, OR - and they came out great! See for yourself:

Update: The giveaway is over and the comments section is now closed. Thanks for commenting! There were a ton of books mentioned that I don't know yet, I'll be sure to check them out.

Thanks again,


Leave me a comment telling me your favorite children's book from when you were a kid, and I'll pick 4 winners to each get 4 different buttons - so please, comment away! Make sure to link your comment with your email so I can get in touch if you win. I'll pick 4 winners randomly tonight at 10pm.

One comment per person, please - though you can list as many books as you want - and please share this with your book-loving buddies.

Thank you!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014



There’s more than one way to be the big dog in the little bestiary.
Sam is top dog when it comes to zipping his red roadster around the track. “He was number one in speed. / He was number one at turns. // And he was number one at finishing races in the number-one spot.” Like Sam, Geisel winner Pizzoli’s artwork is crackerjack, too, with pure cupcake colors, French curves, blocks of high-octane negative space and personable animal pals. Then comes the day that Sam doesn’t cross the finish line first. Fortunately, Sam proves not to be a poor loser, but his self-confidence sure takes a shellacking. He’s a wreck, figuratively. When the next big race comes up, he even forgets to wish his friend Maggie good luck. After a slow start, Sam takes the lead. “Sam would be number one again!” Whoa! Five yellow, bespectacled chicks are on the racetrack. Sam hits the brakes and gathers up the peepsters as his friends steam by to the finish line. No. 1 takes on a whole new meaning. Pizzoli’s story is a simple class act. Do the right thing—you can’t lose, ever. And most of the time, the right thing is no great philosophical conundrum but as clear as the checkered flag.
A polished work, from the words to the finish on the race cars. (Picture book. 3-5)