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(Last updated June 15, 2017)


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Articles by MITZI author Lauren McLaughlin: We Belong Together: 4 Wonderful Picture Books That Feature Adoptive Families (Brightly) - Diversity In Children's Books, Transracial Adoptive Families and Mitzi Tulane (Nerdy Book Club) - A Mirror, A Window, and a Sliding Door

Classroom Connections: Elementary, My Dear - Booklist, April 2017

"...Simply shaped characters and objects pop off the pages, and there is humor in both the art and the text. Looks like Mitzi will be on another case soon." - Booklist, May 1st, 2017 (for The Secret Ingredient)

"The wry humour here – for example, when mother is in the middle of the cake baking, 'she burned her hand in the oven and said words that Mitzi has never heard' – will entertain adults while the mystery element will intrigue young children. " - Recommended by Ellen Heaney in CM: Canadian Review Of Materials in Sept. 23, 2016 issue for What's That Smell?

"With a diverse and colorful mix of characters that fill the pages, this beautifully illustrated book is delightful fun for any small child." - Tulsa Book Review, Jan 2017

Thanks to bookseller Kenny Brechner for including Mitzi's cover in his moving Publisher's Weekly tribute to African American poet and children's book author, Lucille Clifton. ~ Read Mitzi author Lauren McLaughlin's guest post in the Nerdy Book Club about Diversity In Children's Books, Transracial Adoptive Families and Mitzi Tulane. ~ "A Mirror, A Window, And A Sliding Door" by Lauren McLaughlin 


Random House webpage about Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in What's That Smell?

Meet The Illustrator: Debbie Ridpath Ohi - by the editors on Brightly


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Lauren McLaughlin bio (last updated May 16, 2016):

Lauren McLaughlin spent ten years writing and producing movies before turning her attention to fiction. She has published three Young Adult novels, Cycler, (Re)Cycler, and Scored. When her own daughter came along and developed an ardent love of picture books, she found herself falling in love with the genre too. With its tight plot structures and focus on dialog, it allowed her to rediscover her old screenwriting chops. Visit her at or on Twitter @LaurenMcWoof.

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Debbie Ridpath Ohi bio (last updated May 16, 2016):

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is author & illustrator of Where Are My Books? (Simon & Schuster). Her illustrations also appear in picture books I’m Bored and Naked! by Michael Ian Black, the Ruby Rose picture books written by Rob Sanders, the Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective picture books by Lauren McLaughin, as well as ten Judy Blume chapter books and middle grade titles reissued by Atheneum/Simon & Schuster. For more info, visit or @inkyelbows on Twitter.

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