Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cute Sneak Peek Review of BABYMOUSE: CUPCAKE TYCOON!

Just came across a cute review of BABYMOUSE: CUPCAKE TYCOON by a soon-to-be-3rd-grader. Here's how her mom (a librarian) tells us the young reviewer came across the book:

This summer, both my kids were able to spend one morning with me walking the exhibit floor at the ALA library conference in Washington, DC. While mom was busy scooping up books and more books, and big brother was falling in love with his new Diary of a Wimpy Kid water bottle, she kept hoping we would find "something good for her."

Enter some wonderful ladies at the Random House booth. We simply asked, "What are you excited about for an 8 year old girl?" and were handed book after book that she might like. She was in heaven!

And her review:

"Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon" by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

I have not read a Babymouse book before. I really liked her! She was funny. In this book she is trying to sell the most cupcakes to raise money for the school library. She wants to win the prize, but things don't work very well. I give this book TWO THUMBS UP! Did you know that there are other Babymouse books? There are 12 other books, and my mom said that we can check them all out from the library. I think "Babymouse: Beach Babe" and "Babymouse: Puppy Love" sound really good.

In the back of this book, you can read about two books coming out next summer. I think they look good because I LOVE science. One is a new Babymouse book--"Babymouse: Mad Scientist." The other is "Squish: Super Amoeba" and it is going to be green.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Matthew Holm's first book, GRAY HIGHWAY, now available on Amazon Kindle [UPDATED]

While I'm best known for drawing cartoon mice, I actually started out my multi-pronged publishing career by writing and self-publishing (with Jonathan Follett, my partner-in-crime of many decades) a nonfiction travel memoir called GRAY HIGHWAY: AN AMERICAN UFO JOURNEY. The basics: Jon and I hopped in my purple 1995 Geo Prizm and drove 12,000 miles around the United States, visiting famous UFO sites and interviewing the people we met.

UPDATE: Read an excerpt now, for free!

Creating that book played a huge part in my eventual career. It was my first long-form work (I was publishing short articles all through that period at the great Country Living magazine, of course). It massively honed my design and print skills as we went through the arduous process of self-publishing. It made me begin to design and build web sites (we created an online magazine, Strange Voices, to force ourselves to write chapters, which we put online). It also forged the all-digital cartooning technique I use to this day on BABYMOUSE (from a daily Web comic, Marty Gray, that I drew for Strange Voices.)

The small first edition of GRAY HIGHWAY sold out, thank goodness. A few years ago, we put out a new edition using Amazon's Print-on-Demand technology. And now, thanks to the long-awaited e-book revolution, we have been able to publish a new digital edition! GRAY HIGHWAY is now available for reading on the Amazon Kindle (or on any of the devices that run Kindle software, like iPhones, iPads, your laptop...)! The price: A mere $2.99! (Pocket change.)

Go get it now! Guaranteed to be fun.

UPDATE [10/5/2010]: Those of you with iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches can now buy GRAY HIGHWAY through Apple's iBooks App! Finally have a link to the book!