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A Book Review… By Us… For YOU!
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy (with illustrations by Todd Harris) I think most people who write book reviews do it not as a service to others, but as a way for them to remember the book and know if they liked it or not. The human brain is way over-taxed as it is - so trying to remember all the meaningful, impacting, fun and w...
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Kevin’s Coffee Talk
So there I was, in the steam room at my gym… (I realize that few socially appropriate stories start off that way. Truth be told, I’ve seen some very strange things in the steam room. Nothing obscene or illegal, mind you, just odd. Today’s encounter was not weird at all. It just made me think… and want to write… so here we go.) … And a rando...
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Dear Kevin - What Are You Up To These Days?  Love, Everyone.
This is my dog, staring at me, hoping for a treat. Sometimes I feel like my website is staring at me, hoping for an update. Shall we go with a list format or a super long paragraph full of run-on sentences? I thinks I'll goes with a list. - Slowly baby-stepping into self-promotion of "Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!". It's available in the Olathe schools library s...
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Hello… Website… Hello…
Excuse me while I clear the cobwebs and dead flies from this blog space on my website. Seems I haven't been in here in AGES. Has the carpet always been this color? Here's WADDUP with KJD: - FOUR, count em' FOUR knowonder! Story-A-Day short story collections are out and available for sale. Yes, I have one or a couple of stories in each one! They are fab...
knowonder! books on Amazon
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Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! Swag!
So yes, it took a while to get all this together. But - all our swag is here now and I'm thrilled to FINALLY be fulfilling all the rockethub rewards. Everyone who supported our project this past summer was so generous and I am ever grateful. I truly hope to get each and every person his or her deserved reward(s). I mean look at Oliver the Crocodragonosau...
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Review of “Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities” by Mike Jung, published by Arthur A. Levine Books
I don't plan to review everything I read. But if I particularly like a book, I'm happy to spread the word! I recently saw Mike Jung speak at my local SCBWI conference and found him to be sincere, interesting, funny and friendly. So I decided to grab a copy of his first book - Geeks, Girls & Secret Identities. I planned to read it myself first, to check i...
"Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities" on Amazon
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A Journey Into The Amazon…
CRAZY amounts of fun stuff going on... I now have an author page on Amazon! knowonder! has published two short story collections, and I'm in both of them! They're available on Amazon! Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! is selling on Amazon! Enough about Amazon already, sheesh! Things are popping over at knowonder! as well. Submissions are back open so there will be...
KJD on Amazon!
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My Latest Short Story!
Believe it or not, sometimes pirates can be nice! Especially ones that have absurdly long facial hair like the Wonderbeard Pirates. Follow these guys as they rescue a bunch of people trapped on a stopped rollercoaster, crash a birthday party and then go for an unexpected swim in the ocean. All in a day's beard... errr day's work, I mean! Click the "Stori...
"The Wonderbeard Pirates..." at knowonder!
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PiBoIdMo Winner!
I completed the PiBoIdMo challenge by coming up with 30 picture book ideas during the month of November! Huzzah! It's not like nailing a 50,000 word novel, but I'm still pleased to have met the goal. Here are a random 5 ideas on my list, in no particular order of preference: 1 - The Lost Things Man (need to work on the title). A strangely friendly creep...
Tara Lazar's Blog
Ward Jenkins' Website
Random Puppy Website Because Really, Who Doesn't Love Puppies??!!
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Post Thanksgiving Thankfulness
I know we aren't supposed to give thanks after Thanksgiving. I should be all tapped out. But I've been working on something today which has made me realize how lucky I am and how happy I am to be carving out an existence in the writing world. So I have to show my appreciation. Man, I'm glad we didn't call Thanksgiving "Appreciationsgiving". That does no...
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Dance Walking
Ever feel so nervous about something, you are absolutely CERTAIN you CANNOT do it?! Then, you complete the task and feel so WONDERFUL you cannot contain your excitement?! Then maybe, just possibly, you've DANCE WALKED and never known it!! Check out my latest short story, published today on knowonder!, in which a girl at summer camp overcomes her fears and...
Dance Walking
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The 2012 SCBWI Fall Conference (SCBWI = Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
Friday night, Oct. 26 and all day Saturday, Oct. 27 Friday night was a social night but also the time for one-one-one manuscript critiques with agents or publishers. I had one of these but I really didn’t get any specific critique on my writing. Mostly the publisher talked about how I need to focus on figuring out an appropriate market for my short stor...
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In Defense Of The 2,000 Word Short Story
I am a parent and I know our days are swamped. My awake hours are less busy than hers, but more busy than his. Such is life. I do, however, have time in every day to read with my kids for 20 minutes. This is not a problem in our house and I am willing to bet on most days, it's possible in your home as well. Of course, you'll need an excellent book which...
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I’m For Sale!
Well, that's not entirely true. In fact, it sounds completely weird. My BOOK is for sale - see below for the link. What absolutely electrifying news that is! To think someone, somewhere may purchase a copy of Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! as a birthday or Christmas gift. Then to imagine the child grabbing my book off his or shelf and carrying it over to his mo...
Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! on knowonder!
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Need More Crocodragonosaurs In Your Life?
HEAR YE, HEAR YE! Get your Crocodragonosaurs right here! Yep, that's right folks, exclusive link to Crocodragonosaurs! Can only find 'em here! (My book - IN SOFTCOVER FORMAT - is now available for order via! Amazon link coming soon!!) ((I used exclamation points after every sentence in this whole post!! And I double paragraph marked th...
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October To Do List:
1. Get special hardcover edition of Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! out into the hands of my loving and supportive friends and family 2. Fulfill remainder of RocketHub rewards 3. Brainstorm ways to help shape the future of Knowonder 4. Prep for Kansas SCBWI Fall Conference 5. Prep for NaNoWriMo – seriously! 6. Locate Beetlejuice mask and maroon tux. (This should be ...
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Dueling Twitter Personalities…
This past weekend, I was flipping pancakes for family breakfast and I overheard our kids having the strangest discussion. They were arguing about which of my twitter accounts more accurately reflects my personality. I didn't want them to be confused so I busted out a powerpoint and some whiteboard action and spent the bulk of the day explaining my double t...
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Double Stuff (no, this is not about Oreos)
I have a new story recently published on knowonder! It's called "A Wish for the Wishing Star" and is about a little boy who, while investigating a strange flashing light in the woods, saves wishes for the whole world. AND... I am quoted in an article in this month's edition of KC Parent magazine. You can find a copy of the publication at local KC Librari...
A Wish for the Wishing Star
Fire Up a Reluctant Reader - at
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Ever See A Half-Cat/Half-Elephant Creature In Your Backyard?
"He peered through his kitchen window and what he saw…well…he could scarcely trust his own eyeballs! He blinked them, he rubbed them, he squinted them, he opened them wide, and still, they showed him the same spectacular sight. Was it a cat? Was it an elephant? No, it couldn’t be! Yes, it could! It was both! It was…a CatElephant!" Read the rest of m...
The Clutterberg Circus
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You’ll Never Look At Your T-Shirts The Same Again…
I cannot pick a favorite out of the short stories I've written so far. I'm happy with them all. But I can say I'm particularly proud of today's story on knowonder! It features a little girl named Grace, her superhero pal Cool Carrie, and a chaos causing critter that has jumped off one of Grace's little brother's t-shirts. I'd be thrilled if you'd take a few...
Grace and the Troublesome T-Shirt Critter
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Les + Bright Colors - Gray Days = ???
Check out knowonder! to read my latest short story which is titled "To Paint Your Feelings". In it, you'll find out what happens when bright colors are unexpectedly injected into a gray guy's gray life. Will there be happiness, silliness, anger, love? Or all of the above!?
click here to view my story on knowonder!
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Follow Mr. Bandoofernen on knowonder!
I'm back! Took a late summer hiatus to stay cool and watch the Olympics. But now, the weather is improving (slightly) and school is approaching - so it's time to get back to work. That is, after you take a walk in the park with Lloyd and his family where you'll be surprised to meet a curiously magical character who wears a dark blue suit and writes on l...
Following Mr. Bandoofernen on knowonder!
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knowonder! Products - Now On Amazon!
There is a collection of knowonder! stories available now for the Kindle! Only $.99 for 30 fantastic kid's short stories - including one of mine called "Actually". AND... Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! is on Amazon as well, in Kindle version. (Works best on the Kindle Fire so unless you have that device, better wait for the picture book or mobile app version of sto...
knowonder! - a collection of 30 stories for the Kindle
Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! (Kindle version)
knowonder! website
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Astonishing, Outstanding, Magnificent, Phenomenal, Wonderful, Stellar, Gorgeous, Scrumtrulescent…
Click below for a list of beautifully illustrated picture books - each one guaranteed to make you stop, gasp, and use one of the adjectives I listed above. Or perhaps you'll make up a word of your own. Visit the other link to browse a list of the top 100 picture books, according to a poll at School Library Journal Website. Aren't kids books just about the...
20 Beautifully Illustrated Children's Books
Top 100 Picture Books
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We CHOMP! CHOMP! CHOMPED! Our Rockethub Campaign!
We did it! We ALL did it! Our knowonder! crowdfunding campaign hit its goal! In this situation, where I feel so blessed and extremely humbled by the fact that so many people contributed to knowonder! and pre-ordered my book, the word "thanks" seems insufficient. But, it's all I have so - THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Knowonder! will be cranking out the ...
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