Frog loved to burp. He’d been burping since his early tadpole days.
Why? Because it made him happy. It was what he called “enthusiastic burping…not
only feels good, but makes room for dessert!” Not everyone shared his enthusiasm
for burping and he was exiled. Frog found a town full of gaseous frogs that
made no apologies for burping, never said excuse me and even burped while
they slept. He soon understood how he had offended his old friends
and that it was time to go home. Would they accept him?
Frog and his friends can't stop sniffling. What's worse, they wipe their noses on their arms. Frog's runny nose is making it hard to concentrate in dance class, and it's disgusting his teacher, Miss Tutu. What Frog and his friends need are tissues!
Frog discovers nirvana when he finally uses a tissue to blow his nose. But what will happen when Frog is caught in the middle of his dance recital with a runny nose -- and no tissue? Lisa Kopelke's humorous text and exuberant art enliven this comedy of manners.
IT'S NOT EASY HAVING AN OLDER SISTER.
Matt's sister calls him a pain. Matt's parents call them both wild animals. Matt calls it SURVIVING. That's why he wrote The Younger Brother's Survival Guide.
Matt shares his tips on how to avoid the infamous Mystery Shake and why you shouldn't run around the house in your underwear, and gives general pointers on coping with an older sibling. Before long, you two will get along great!
Just remember not to show this book to her. . . .
|Interview with Author & Illustrator
Lisa Kopelke - March 2003
Lisa Kopelke was born in the sixties to parents who were “borderline” hippies. They lived in the suburbs of San Diego, California, in a typical house, but the collection of eclectic friends & neighbors made for a very atypical upbringing. Both her parents were artists and her father spent most of his time in his shack/studio doing hippie art stuff, while her mother expressed her own talents by cooking gourmet meals & sewing clothes. This was probably what set Lisa’s palette for good food and quirky art at an early age.
ETC: Have you always wanted to be a writer, and did your upbringing have a big influence on this?
Lisa Kopelke: I grew up always being an artist, but never thought about writing. I always had a ton of stuff in my head, but was pretty lazy about writing it down. Art was my main thing and I spent a lot of summers going to art camps. I never really thought about what I was going to “be” when I grew up, but I knew it would have something to do with my hands. I briefly thought for a time that I wanted to be a model, but I stopped growing at 15, and knew there probably weren’t too many modeling jobs for elves. I also took one of those career tests in high school and it told me I was going to be a cabinet maker, but I’m deathly afraid of table saws, so that didn’t work out either.
ETC: What did you do before you sold your first book?
Lisa Kopelke: I went to cosmetology school right out of high school because I thought hair stylists were cool. My teacher had a large salmon pink hair-do, and I knew I was off to a good start. I continued to cut hair for about ten years, but felt like there was more that I wanted be doing. I moved up to San Francisco to go to Art College, and soon found myself working for a rapid prototyping company called Plynetics. We made everything from wax castings of knee caps to cell phones, and Nike shoe soles to computer housings. This was a life changing event for me. It was the best thing I had ever done so far, so I quit college to work full time. I was learning more from my coworkers than I ever did in school. They were all very talented and came from various crafty backgrounds; carpenters, model makers, sculptors, even a cabinet maker (he got me to use the table saw!). I was a happy camper, but the company was bought out and shut down within several years. My daughter was a year old by then, so the timing was perfect. It gave me the excuse to stay home full time with my toddler. We soon packed our bags and moved to Las Vegas, where I finally decided to fulfill a secret dream.
ETC: How did you sell your first book? Did you get an agent?
Lisa Kopelke: The move to Las Vegas was probably the main thing that got me started. After about three months of 115 degree temperatures, I said to myself, “what are you doing?” I decided right then and there to sit down at my computer to finally do some research on writing & illustrating for children. Plus I was a big fan of air conditioning by then, so any excuse to stay indoors was a boon for me. After a ton of research, and a stack of how-to books, I found myself in an online workshop about agents. I had never considered one, but by the end of the night, I knew for sure that that’s what I wanted. I didn’t want just any ‘ole agent either, it had to be this one. So I got my manuscript and dummy ready and sent it off. I don’t think I had any naïve illusions of grandeur, it was mostly about gut instinct, and coincidences. This agent was from my hometown, went to High School with my brother (though they never met), and his client list was filled with authors I admired. He phoned me within days of receiving my work and said all those dreamy words. I’ll never remember exactly what he said, I was so nervous and excited, but I do remember screaming a lot. After I hung up of course.
He set me up with some of his authors who he thought
would get my humor and they helped me revise and refresh my manuscript, and
get it ready to send out. Of the four publishers my agent sent it to, one
didn’t “get it”, one didn’t respond, one wanted to see a revision before
making any decisions, and the fourth was Simon & Schuster. The
editor had specific revisions, and said they’d make a formal offer after
they saw the new piece. I’m one of those people with an overloaded
brain, so I was extremely grateful to be given a direction. I revised
my manuscript keeping in mind their suggestions, and they came back with
an offer. My first book was being published!