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Reading Raccoon

oh161018It’s hard to do shock and surprise when you have no pupils. Somehow RJ (i.e. T) pulls it off. Those projectile perspiration exclamations help. I wonder what those are called? Shockies? Sweaties? Brain matter ejecting at high speed?

These are the things I think about.

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Shameless Self Promotion

oh130513It is pretty good. Neil “the real” Gaiman liked it:  “Funny and sweet with a steely centre.”

You might like it too!

Available at fine bookstores everywhere and on Amazon online.

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The Odd Squad: Bully Bait Now Available For Pre-Order On Amazon

My Middle Grade illustrated novel, The Odd Squad: Bully Baitis now available for pre-order on Amazon.  Here’s the blurb:

Nick is the shortest seventh-grader in the history of the world (he’s pretty sure), doesn’t fit in with any groups or clubs (who needs ’em?), and spends more time inside than outside his locker (they’re roomier than you’d think).

Things only get worse when a well-intentioned guidance counselor forces Nick to join the school’s lamest club—along with fellow misfits Molly and Karl—in her quest to cure all three of their “peer allergies.” What starts off as a reluctant band of hopeless oddballs morphs into an effective and empowered team ready to face whatever middle school throws at them, including bullies, awkward romance, zany adults, and a brave new world of surprising friendships.

Renowned* cartoonist Michael Fry brings an unforgettable cast of characters to life in an illustrated novel brimming with honesty, humor, and heart.

*I’m pretty sure they meant round cartoonist.

The hardcover novel is 224 pages, with 296 illustrations.   It’s for middle grade (ages 8-12), but the humor is pretty universal and I think kids of all ages who enjoy Hedge will enjoy The Odd Squad.

This first book will be available February 12, 2013.  With the second in the series coming out Fall 2013.

Yeah, I know it’s early, but to everyone who orders it early and sends me a copy of their receipt, I will email  you a signed, hand-drawing of the main characters (Nick, Molly and Karl) as a thank you note.   I will.  I’ll do it.

I promise.

To order the book click on the cover image or here.

To forward your receipt email me at: overhedge@verizon.net

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The Odd Squad: Bully Bait Cover

Behold the official, double super secret probation cover for my middle school illustrated novel, The Odd Squad:  Bully Bait (Disney-Hyperion).  It’s Due on book shelves (both real and virtual) February 12, 2013.   I got the Advance Review Copy last night and it looks pretty sweet.   It has weight and mass and occupies actual physical space.  In other words, it’s a real book!

It’s for ages 8-12.   And anyone who’s emotional development arrested in middle school.   Which includes me and I’m pretty sure most Hedge fans.

So, if you are a parent or a grandparent or a great grandparent or a librarian or a book store owner or a lover of Shakespeare spouting ex-hippie school janitor/mentors (you’ll see) please stay tuned.  We’ll be promoting more as we get closer to publication date.  In the meantime, I have to write Book 2.

It’s due September 15th.




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Starring Ed Asner as the Toe Nail Fairy

Ed Asner is a terrific actor, but I feel confident Toe Nail Fairy is a role he would almost certainly pass on.

Sorry for the late post today.  I finished my book yesterday, then met a fellow cartoonist for lunch today at Austin’s Hoover’s.  Their 3000 calorie green chile poblano burger put me into an all afternoon coma.

I just woke up.


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Top 5 Reasons Why It May Be Time To Stop Abusing Verne

5.  He just ordered fertilizer and diesel fuel in bulk.*

4.  He’s constantly whistling Pink Flyod’s, “The Wall.”

3.  He plays Call of Duty: Zombies as a zombie.

2.  He ordered a license to kill online.

1.  I have a middle school illustrated novel called The Odd Squad: Bully Bait  about a group of loser kids who fight back against bullies coming out in Februrary 2013 (Disney-Hyperion) and the irony is killing me.

*Attention Homeland Security subversive tag web crawler:  Verne is a FICTIONAL CHARACTER.


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Disney-Hyperion Picks Up The Safety Patrol

Yesterday I (actually my agent Dan) closed a two book deal for my new middle-school illustrated novel series, “Safety Patrol,” with Disney-Hyperion.   It’s about three misfit 8th graders who suffer peer allergies.  Nick, Molly and Karl are forced to band together in the lamest club in school:  The Safety Patrol.  With the help of janitor/mentor/possible ex-spy Mr. Dupree, they attempt to keep the school safe from bullies, a busy-body counselor and jell0-meat.

Sort of Mission Impossible for kids.

Tentatively scheduled for Spring/Fall 2013.



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Go the F*ck to Sleep

Download the FREE Audible version narrated by Samuel L. Jackson here.

The windows are dark in the town child
The whales huddle down in the deep
I’ll read you one very last book if you swear
You’ll go the fuck to sleep.

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