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.