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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My first book as author/illustrator! Launches from Simon & Schuster in May/2015.

LA Times list of "30 Summer Books That Kids Will Gobble Up"

Read the *starred* review for WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? in Kirkus

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Squirrels are taking over the world! Don't believe me? Read my About Page, browse my squirrel photos/pics and follow this blog as well as my Squirrels Are Evil And Taking Over The World Facebook page. To see past entries, browse the Beware The Squirrel Archives.

And my picture book featuring Evil Squirrels (ok, maybe more bibliophilic than Evil) comes out from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers in May 2015!


Video (NOT for young children!): Promo Trailer for Killer Squirrels movie


According to this post on Bleeding Cool, production has yet to start.

Thanks to my friend Ray Vankleef for the link.


Video: Squirrels In My Pants (Phineas and Ferb)

Thanks to my friend Peter Alway for sharing the video above on my Squirrels Are Evil And Taking Over The World Facebook Page.


Squirrel Wars, Part 1 (My Life In A Nutshell archives)


Warning I found in my fortune cookie last night

Jeff and I had dinner at the Mandarin with his dad last night. Check out the fortune I found in my cookie! SEE? PROOF THAT THEY REALLY ARE OUT TO GET ME!! 



New Facebook page!

To make it easier for people to share their Evil Squirrel pics, I've created a Squirrels Are Evil And Are Taking Over The World page on Facebook. I'd appreciate it if you could Like the Page when you have a chance. I need 25 Likes before I can replace that ridiculous numeric URL with one that is easier to type.

I've also set permissions so that anyone can post, to make it easier for people to share their Squirrelly photos and news.


Beard Squirrel

Thanks to my friend Ray for pointing me to this hirsute accessory. I did a search on and couldn't find this item, so it looks as if it's a Photoshop job. :-)


Squirrel Clearly Drawn To The Innate Eviltude In This Halloween Mask

From Thanks to Alex von Thorne for alerting me to this somewhat sequence of images.

It's obvious that the squirrel's True Nature was drawn to this mask ("it callsssss to me..."). And now I'm going to go to bed with images of a squirrel army wearing these masks as they invade. Thanks so much, Alex!


Squirrel Reconnaissance plus evidence of their unearthly powers of survival

At first I felt sorry for this squirrel because I thought it didn't want to be indoors, but then I realized that WAITASEC, he was CLEARLY just doing reconnaissance before the inevitable first invasion wave. Thanks to Ryan Couldrey for the link.

Video: Twiggy, the Water-Skiing Squirrel

Sure, it's all fun and games now. Meanwhile, that squirrel's going to be taking his waterskiing skills and using them to train his Evil Cohorts in preparation for the water access phase of their Master Plan To Take Over The World.

Thanks to Rytron for the link.


Meme: Cover Squirrel

Several readers have forwarded this cover squirrel pic to me, which has been making the rounds in social media:

Cover squirrel

I haven't been able to find where this image was first posted. Cute. Even though it's of a vicious red squirrel!