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.