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My new picture book, DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD, is being released today by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.  :hurrah

Emma Ledbetter and the folks at Atheneum did a splendid job on this book, and I couldn't have hoped for a better illustrator than Júlia Sardà, of Barcelona. Tip of the hat to Harold Underdown, who helped with the editing, and to Verla and so many Blueboard friends who provided support and encouragement over the years.   :grouphug2

Here's the blurb from the publisher:

Duckworth is a difficult child.
At least that’s what his parents think.

So when Duckworth tries to explain that a gigantic snake slithered out of his closet, his parents insist it’s all in his head—he is far too old to be imagining such nonsense. (And will he please do his chores?) But even when the cobra slides right up and swallows Duckworth whole, his parents remain unconvinced! (Where did he find that snake costume, and will he please put it away?)

What’s poor Duckworth to do when his parents just won’t listen? With nods to the deliciously dark humor of Edward Gorey, Florence Parry Heide, and Jon Klassen, Michael Sussman and Júlia Sardà empathize with children everywhere who must find ways to deal with their difficult parents.
#1 - June 18, 2019, 11:27 AM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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Sounds great, Michael! Congratulations!
#2 - June 18, 2019, 11:31 AM
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Congratulations Michael! I'll have to go check it out!
#3 - June 18, 2019, 02:48 PM
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Congrats, Michael!
#4 - June 18, 2019, 03:10 PM
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Congratulations, Michael!!!

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#5 - June 18, 2019, 03:52 PM

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Happy sales to you!
#6 - June 18, 2019, 06:51 PM
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:congratulations :hb3  I'm going to put in a request at my library!!!   
#7 - June 18, 2019, 07:25 PM
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Thanks, everyone. I appreciate it!    :thankyou   :yeah
#8 - June 18, 2019, 07:48 PM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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 :stars3 Oh, Michael, this sounds so cute! Congratulations!  :hurrah :snake
#9 - June 18, 2019, 08:51 PM
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This sounds twisted and awesome!
#10 - June 19, 2019, 07:27 AM
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 :congratswave :fireworks

Congratulations, Michael! This sounds like a unique story!
#11 - June 19, 2019, 08:14 AM
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 :yay Congratulations,  Michael! Sounds like a delightful book.
#12 - June 19, 2019, 02:09 PM

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Congratulations, Michael!
#13 - June 19, 2019, 07:18 PM
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Huge congrats, Michael! :congrats Duckworth sounds amazing--I can't wait to read it.
#14 - June 21, 2019, 11:42 PM

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Congratulations, Michael! It sounds like an awesome story that kids will LOVE!

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#15 - June 22, 2019, 04:02 AM
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I'll need to get this for my Pre-K class. Sounds so cute.

Congratulations.       :yay
#17 - June 22, 2019, 07:16 AM

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Wow! Congratulations, Michael.
#18 - June 23, 2019, 01:38 AM
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Sounds weird - in a wonderful way! Can't wait to read it!   :yippee

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#19 - June 23, 2019, 05:42 PM
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