Exclusive Cover Reveal: Tommy Can’t Stop by Tim Federle and Mark Fearing
Did you know Better Nate Than Ever author Tim Federle has a picture book on the way? He does indeed. Tommy Can’t Stop! will arrive on April 14, 2015, illustrated by Mark Fearing. Here’s a first look at the cover…
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Here’s what Tim Federle has to say about Tommy Can’t Stop!:
My debut picture book stars a hyperactive little boy who learns he doesn’t have to necessarily turn OFF his energy, he just has to use it for forces of good (enter: tap dance class). As a high-energy kid myself, I was put on every ADHD medication under the sun and frankly made to feel like a weirdo; I wrote TOMMY CAN’T STOP for kids who just need to channel their most vivid selves into the right place at the right time.
Tim Federle was a rambunctious child when he learned that once you put tap shoes on, you are no longer stomping around causing mayhem-you are dancing around causing art. Tim grew up to dance in the original Broadway cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and his theater-themed debut novel for middle schoolers, Better Nate Than Ever, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Say hi at TimFederle.com.
Mark Fearing is from the Midwest but his accent is hard to distinguish after 20 years on the West Coast. He’s worked a lot of jobs and made a lot of books including Earthling!, a graphic novel and Oregon Spirit award winner. He lives in Oregon with a daughter who loves to dance, a wife who tries to teach Mark to dance, and two dogs who don’t seem to dance. Find out more about Mark at markfearing.com.
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