A Not Very Scary Birthday!

I have long awaited this day, the release of Not Very Scary, illustrated by the incredibly creative Greg Pizzoli (FSG, BYR)!


From the flap copy: “Melly is a brave little monster who is not afraid of anything. She loves surprises, and when her fun-loving cousin invites her over for a big surprise, Melly excitedly sets out for a visit. On her way, she notices skittish skeletons, a coal-black cat, and even ghoulish goblins following her. But Melly is not scared, no she’s not! Well, maybe just a teensy bit . . .”

Next week: a recap of my Saturday with WINNIE FINN at the Illinois State Fair!


Not a Very Scary Cover Reveal!



I have news!

Introducing the cover art for Not Very Scary, a Halloween picture book, illustrated by the talented Greg Pizzoli, and published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, the same people who published Winnie Finn! Follow monster Melly as she makes her way to her cousin Malberta’s house, with the promise of a Halloween surprise when she arrives.

NOT VERY SCARY Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, coming July, 2014

Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, coming July, 2014

Melly’s adventure was great fun to write and it’s even funner to read aloud. It will be released in July, 2014.

Not Very Scary
written by Carol Brendler
Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2014