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Sunday, June 11 at 3pm - Children's picture book authors Melissa Stewart and Josh Funk present their newest work!

Please join us on Sunday, June 11 at 3pm -- Picture book authors Melissa Stewart (Can an Aardvark Bark?) and Josh Funk (The Case of the Stinky Stench) will present their newest works, with stories, Q&A, and book signing ... fun!

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 science books for children, including No Monkeys, No Chocolate and Feathers: Not Just for Flying. When Melissa isn’t writing or exploring the natural world, she spends time speaking at schools, libraries, and conferences for educators. She can't imagine any job she'd rather have.

Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as picture books - such as Lady Pancake & Sir French ToastPirasaurs!, and Dear Dragon. He is a board member of The Writers' Loft in Sherborn, MA and the co-coordinator of the 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conference. Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. 


Event date: 
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
The Concord Bookshop
65 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742
Can an Aardvark Bark? Cover Image
By Melissa Stewart, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481458528
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Published: Beach Lane Books - June 13th, 2017

From award-winning author Melissa Stewart and Caldecott honoree Steve Jenkins comes a noisy nonfiction exploration of the many sounds animals make. 

Can an aardvark bark? No, but it can grunt. Lots of other animals grunt too... 

Barks, grunts, squeals--animals make all kinds of sounds to communicate and express themselves. With a growling salamander and a whining porcupine, bellowing giraffes and laughing gorillas, this boisterous book is chock-full of fun and interesting facts and is sure to be a favorite of even the youngest animal enthusiasts.

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2) Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781454919605
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - May 2nd, 2017

"Uncle," Croissant said, "the fridge is in trouble 
A mystery stench turned a whole shelf to rubble 
I'm the last hope or the fridge will be lost 
Help me or else we'll be cooked, served, and sauced." 

There's a stinky stench in the fridge--and our favorite foodie friends must solve a smelly mystery Sir French Toast's nephew, Inspector Croissant, begs him and Lady Pancake for help in finding the source of the foul odor. Could it be the devious Baron Von Waffle? A fetid fish lurking in the bottom of Corn Chowder Lake? Featuring the same delectable rhymes, wordplay, and art that won critical raves for Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast - there's even an actual red herring - this fun follow-up is an absolutely tasty treat for kids.

Feathers: Not Just for Flying Cover Image
By Melissa Stewart, Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580894319
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Published: Charlesbridge - February 25th, 2014

Young naturalists meet sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers. A concise main text highlights how feathers are not just for flying. More curious readers are invited to explore informative sidebars, which underscore specific ways each bird uses its feathers for a variety of practical purposes. A scrapbook design showcases life-size feather illustrations.

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781454914044
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 1st, 2015

A thoroughly delicious picture book about the funniest "food fight" ever Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship--until they discover that there's ONLY ONE DROP of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast . . . even without a drop of coffee.

No Monkeys, No Chocolate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580892872
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 1st, 2013

Everyone loves chocolate, right? But how many people actually know where chocolate comes from? How it's made? Or that monkeys do their part to help this delicious sweet exist? 

This delectable dessert comes from cocoa beans, which grow on cocoa trees in tropical rain forests. But those trees couldn't survive without the help of a menagerie of rain forest critters: a pollen-sucking midge, an aphid-munching anole lizard, brain-eating coffin fly maggots--they all pitch in to help the cocoa tree survive. A secondary layer of text delves deeper into statements such as "Cocoa flowers can't bloom without cocoa leaves . . . and maggots," explaining the interdependence of the plants and animals in the tropical rain forests. Two wise-cracking bookworms appear on every page, adding humor and further commentary, making this book accessible to readers of different ages and reading levels. 

Back matter includes information about cocoa farming and rain forest preservation, as well as an author's note.

Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale Cover Image
By Josh Funk, Rodolfo Montalvo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780451472304
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

A sweet and clever friendship story in rhyme, about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath. 

George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and science fair projects. There's just one thing that the two friends don't know: George is a human, while Blaise is a dragon What will happen when these pen pals finally meet face-to-face?