Carnival and Umbrellaphant in Indiana

On Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 2:00 PM, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will feature THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS by Saint-Saëns, using my verses in a live narration. They will also perform the delightful musical setting of BEHOLD THE BOLD UMBRELLAPHANT composed by Lucas Richman. This work was premiered by the San Diego Symphony in 2009, and released as a recording in 2011 (Naxos). For more information on this Fort Wayne Philharmonic Family Concert, check out:

Music was my first love, long before I became a writer, so I’m tickled that orchestras and chamber music festivals around the country have been performing both of these works.

New Kid App

nkappWANDERFUL Interactive Storybooks recently released an App based on my book, THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK. It’s available for iOS and Mac. They’re working on an Android version, but it’s not available yet.

Here’s the link to the iOS version. It works on iPhones and iPads. I have it on my iPhone and iPad . . . it works great.


And here’s the link to the Mac version. I installed it on my desktop Mac . . . it works great there too.


If you’d like to read more about this App, here’s a link to the press release:

Welcome to My New Website!

HOORAY! Here’s my new website. It’s taken me three years longer than I expected to get it going, but it’s finally ready to launch.

It’s far from complete . . . a number of areas are still under construction, but I’m working away at all of them.

You’ll find some new sections, like RECIPES BY KIDS (they’re pretty gross) and JACK’S SILLY SELF-PORTRAITS that didn’t appear on the old site.

Stay tuned for more . . . I’m only getting started.

Jack is for the birds

I’ve been fascinated by birds for a long time, and in recent years have been an ardent bird photographer. You can see some examples of my bird photos elsewhere on this site. Check the bird photos every so often, as I intend to keep adding photos to it.

I’m also working on a small book of poems about imaginary birds that I invented. I’m very excited about this project because I’m also going to try to illustrate the book myself, which is something I’ve never done before.

Jack’s Opera

I’m in the middle of writing an opera libretto based on a children’s book by one of my favorite authors and illustrators. I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve had many sleepless nights because of this project, but it’s certainly one of the most exciting things I’ve done.

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! Dr. Seuss

A NOTE FROM KNOPF, one of my publishers . . .

Started by Dr. Seuss, finished by Jack Prelutsky, and illustrated by Lane Smith, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! is a joyous ode to individuality starring unsinkable teacher Miss Bonkers and the quirky Diffendoofer School (which must prove it has taught its students how to think–or have them sent to dreary Flobbertown). Included is an introduction by Dr. Seuss’s longtime editor explaining how the book came to be and reproductions of Dr. Seuss’s original pencil sketches and hand-printed notes for the book—a true find for all Seuss collectors! Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith pay homage to the Good Doctor in their own distinctive ways, the result of which is the union of three one-of-a-kind voices in a brand-new, completely original book that is greater than the sum of its parts. For all of us who will never forget our school days and that special teacher, here is a book to give and to get.
Visit the website to see more details.


Jack will be performing with the KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and the NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, reprising his role as narrator of the newly released CD, BEHOLD THE BOLD UMBRELLAPHANT / CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS, (San Diego Symphony, distributed by Naxos). Jack’s verses, inspired by the music of Camille Saint-Saëns, include the Lion who gets away with everything, a very conceited Rooster, an annoying piano teacher, and the enchanting Swan. THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS, published in 2010 by Knopf, is accompanied by exuberant and witty illustrations by Mary GrandPré.