Bandannas All The Rage

July 24, 2012

Students from Biddeford Intermediate donned bandannas to get into the spirit of “What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker?”


Student Book Review At Mod Book Club Two

April 26, 2012

A student going by the pen name pseudonymous reviewed “What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker?” at Mod Book Club Two. “Bailey has some guests in her hair and they are not wanted!” begins pseudonymous, and ends with some good advice: “Find out what happens by reading the book.”


In Good Company

October 11, 2011

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Make that, awesome company. What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker? is on a list of back-to-school books recommended by the Horn Book, along with titles by two of my favorite authors, funnyman Lincoln Peirce, and master of the school story, Andrew Clements. Pinch me.


Back To School

September 27, 2011

Happy to see What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker? listed with “Back To School Books For Juvenile Fiction” at Eager Readers.

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Road Trip? Road Trip!

June 21, 2011

Kick off your summer with a visit to a library. On Wednesday, June 22 at 2:00 I’ll be sharing the stage at McArthur Public Library with Jim Nutting, the Amazing Bug Guy. Come see Mr. Nutting’s insects and arachnids and hear a chapter of What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker?

On Tuesday, June 28 at 3:00 I’ll be at Bridgton Public Library. (Sorry, no live bugs there.)


Dear Mrs. Donovan

May 9, 2011

I love reading my work aloud to students, and I love their thank you notes!GD WBBB Spot Illus Scratchers
These excerpts are from Jan Pelletier’s third grade class at East End Community School in Portland, Maine. They all began with Dear Mrs. Donovan:

I liked that there are cliff-hangers at the end of each chapter. It’s very lousey that Bailey has lice. Get it? Lousey?—Yours truly, C.

Thank you for reading What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker? I really liked when Mr. Adams keeps acting like he’s a soldier. And I lost my bird once I felt bad like Bailey. And will Bailey lose her lice?—Your friend, H.

You are such an inspiration to me. I love your books because they bring back so much memories. Like when you said that Bailey had lice I thought about when last year some unexpected lice came to our house and when I went to bed I could not sleep because I was thinking that I would get lice. When I grow up I want to be as magnificent as you. —Yours truly, A.


Let’s Party at Portland Public Library

March 21, 2011

A good time was had by all at the launch party for “What’s Bugging Bailey Blecker?” hosted by the Portland Public Library. Kids played Bloodsucker Bingo and What Insect Is it? and entomologist extraordinaire Tony Sohns mesmerized the audience with fun facts about his live insects.