Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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Wednesday
Mar222017

Sea Monkey & Bob activity: Print-Ready Masks For Young Readers

I've just added some fun make-your-own-masks templates to the Sea Monkey & Bob Print-Ready section. So far I've added Sea Monkey, Bob, a crab and a design-your-own mask template. Just color and cut out the eye holes! 

Act out Sea Monkey & Bob, or make up your own story. And when coloring, remember that you DON'T have to use the same colors that are in the book. What would a purple Bob look like? Or a green Sea Monkey? Use your imagination!

Find these print-ready masks as well as other activities in the Sea Monkey & Bob Print-Ready Bonus Page.

Thursday
Feb022017

Kirkus likes SEA MONKEY & BOB!

The first review for Sea Monkey & Bob just came in! And YAYYYY, Kirkus likes the book!!!

Especially love the last line of the review:

"A barrel of giggles, exaltation of friendship, and slight science to boot."

You can read the full review of Sea Monkey & Bob online at the Kirkus website.

Monday
Oct062014

Sea Monkeys Moving The Ocean

 

Working on revised character sketches for Sea Monkey and Bob today and was reminded of some IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC SEA MONKEY NEWS that Lawrence Schimel and Cathy Ballou Mealey recently told me about:

"Swarms of tiny animals as small as brine shrimp—known to kids the world over as Sea-Monkeys—could have an outsize effect on ocean currents when they swim together in giant herds, according to new research." (National Geographic)

Without a doubt, Micky, Peter, Nyarlathotep, Alan, Mary Margaret, Bilbo, Sojourner, Boris, Pochyk, Pippa, Sea Monkey Killing Unit #1, Tarquin, Brunhilda, Delphine, Monkey Doo, Brooke and Russell are out there somewhere, MOVING THE OCEAN.

(For those who missed my previous blog entry: my Sea Monkeys escaped!)

Friday
Aug152014

Shocking News: My Sea-Monkeys Have Escaped!

As some of you already know, I've been raising Sea-Monkeys as part of my research for illustrating SEA-MONKEY AND BOB by Aaron Reynolds (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2015).

Well, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. I went upstairs this afternoon to find an empty aquarium and a note (see photo). My Sea-Monkeys have left me for greener pastures (bluer waters?). Ah, how I will miss my wee watery denizens: Micky, Peter, Nyarlathotep, Alan, Mary Margaret, Bilbo, Sojourner, Boris, Pochyk, Pippa, Sea Monkey Killing Unit #1, Tarquin, Brunhilda, Delphine, Monkey Doo, Brooke and Russell.

I do admit to a brief moment of suspicion that SMKU#1 forged the letter to cover up a heinous crime ... but then I remembered his poor penmanship. He could never have written this note.

Anyway, it looks as if my friend Annie Walker is off the hook -- she had originally promised to bake a cake for every Sea-Monkey who survived a full year. But now that they've fled, I have no way of knowing. I'd like to think my tiny briny friends will find their way to lovely temperate waters where they will frolic in crowns and sing Sea-Monkey songs as they wave their miniature tridents in time to the beat.

Thursday
Jul172014

Debbie's Sea-Monkeys are TWO MONTHS OLD!

My UK friend Annie Walker has promised to bake a birthday cake for every Sea-Monkey who survives a full year.

At this point, the surviving Sea-Monkeys are Micky, Peter, Nyarlathotep, Alan, Mary Margaret, Bilbo, Sojourner, Boris, Pochyk, Pippa, Sea Monkey Killing Unit #1, Tarquin, Brunhilda, Delphine, Monkey Doo and Russell.

In the video I just took, you'll notice one of the larger Sea-Monkeys swimming in a jerky motion near the surface; this is Pippa. As far as I can tell from my research, Pippa is giving birth RIGHT NOW!! One of the new Sea-Monkey babies will be named Brooke, courtesy Cheryl Johnson.