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Debbie's second picture book launches on Oct. 17, 2017!

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SAM & EVA review in Miss Magee's Reads

Thanks to Lorraine Magee for the nice review of SAM & EVA in her literacy blog, MISS MAGEE'S READS! And excerpt:

"Sam and Eva captures a common friendship problem: when one person wants to join in the fun, but the other person would rather work (or play) alone. Sam draws creative creatures and crazy scenes, but Eva always feels she can top his latest creation. As the tension escalates, readers begin to wonder how the friends will ever find common ground. Sam and Eva surprise us just in time."

Read the rest of the review here.


SAM & EVA review in Bookworm For Kids

Thanks to Bookworm For Kids for the nice review of SAM & EVA! An excerpt:

"Eva and Sam scribble away with Sam always trying to get the extra edge—as siblings or playmates often do. Eva counters, holding on to her own ideas as the battle mounts and mounts. It's funny, it's imaginative and the situation is easy to sympathize with. Every page brings something new and unexpected, and reels the reader right in."

Read the rest of the review here.


Nice review of SAM & EVA in The Globe and Mail!

Thanks to The Globe and Mail for the lovely review of SAM & EVA on the weekend. I'm especially honoured, considering the company!


Sneak peek at SAM & EVA opening pages


Pre-order SAM & EVA and get a one-of-a-kind hand-painted signed keepsake!

Back to SAM & EVA Bonus Page (includes free, print-ready goodies, press & reviews, teacher's guide, book launch event info and more)

To celebrate the Oct.17/2017 release of my second solo picture book, SAM & EVA, I am giving away a small keepsake like the one in the photo above (on the right) to anyone who pre-orders my book by Oct.15. Each keepsake is approximately 5-6" wide and 4" high, hand-painted and signed, mailed with a cardboard backing in an archival-safe clear protective bag.


1) Pre-order SAM & EVA by October 15, 2017.

2) Fill out this form. You'll be prompted for a photo/screenshot of your receipt as well as a snailmail address where I can send your keepsake. This offer is open to anyone anywhere in the world. Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster Children's and Simon & Schuster Canada for funding and handling mailings in North America. I will cover other mailings out of my own pocket. Offer lasts until midnight, October 15th or until my supplies run out, whichever comes first.

Here are some places where you can pre-order SAM & EVA:


 Q. How did you create these keepsakes?

A. I printed out the basic template (b&w figures of Sam & Eva drawing on a blank wall) on acid-free heavyweight watercolor paper, nine to a sheet, on my Epson R2000 using archival ink. After cutting up the sheet into individual pieces, I added art to each image with watercolor paints and Kuretake watercolor brushes, then signed each.

The first 100 pre-order swag requests also get these SAM & EVA stickers!

Q. What kind of pre-orders do you accept? What if I pre-ordered through Amazon?

A. Pre-orders with any store (including online) accepted. If you pre-order with an indie bookstore, however, you'll ALSO be automatically entered in a super-special giveaway for extra goodies. 

Q. I live on an uncharted island in the Bermuda Triangle! Will you still send me a keepsake?

A. As long as you provide me with an address that accepts postal mail and I haven't run out of supplies yet, then sure. Again, HUGE THANKS to Simon & Schuster U.S. and Simon & Schuster Canada for covering mailings in North America. This makes it possible for me to be able to afford to open up my offer to non-North American addresses as well (I will be covering the latter out of my own pocket).

***NOTE: The book itself is NOT included. :-)

Feel free to let others know about my pre-order offer! You can use the short form URL:

If you're in Toronto, I invite you to come to my SAM & EVA Book Launch Party!You can pick up your book a week early AND get a hand-painted keepsake on October 10th at A Different Booklist.