Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt! COVER REVEAL

I am thrilled beyond words to do the cover reveal for DON’T CALL ME FUZZYBUTT! illustrated by Susan Batori (Sleeping Bear Press) at the AWESOME NERDY BOOK CLUB today. Please click here and head on over to check it out! Thank you!

A SUPER HUGE THANK YOU to Susan Batori, Sarah Rockett, and Sleeping Bear Press. DON’T CALL ME FUZZYBUTT! releases March 15, 2021. (And if you’re wondering, it’s currently available for pre-order EVERYWHERE!)

Thank you, Books of Wonder!

Deborah Zemke and I had an APPLE-TAS-TIC blast celebrating the virtual launch of THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES in the BIG APPLE at Books of Wonder.

And can you believe it? Even Frank Sinatra dropped by to sing New York, New York for the occasion.

In case you missed the launch, the program was recorded. Just click here. (Not sure how long the program will be up as an FYI.) There’s also still an opportunity to order books from Books of Wonder and detective goody bags (sans the hat!) are available while supplies last.

Here are a few photographic highlights from the big day:

Cass Moskowitz, moi & Deborah Zemke

And check out these AWESOME drawings of Captain Griswold by the many talented police sketch artists watching the program.

A SUPER HUGE THANK YOU to Books of Wonder, Peter Glassman, Cass Moskowitz, Kelly Burns, and Melanie Rapoport for making the day extraordinarily special.


BAD APPLES Launch Party and Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!


Today is THE day! The APPLE-TAS-TIC virtual launch for THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES at Books of Wonder will take place at 1 pm EST. To join the fun, click HERE.

Now, drum roll please.

The winner of the $50 gift card to Books of Wonder in honor on Independent Bookstore Day is . . .


Congratulations! (Please keep an eye out for an email from me today.)


Birthing a book is NOT an easy process. THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES went through 32 plus rewrites and revisions. Talk about stretch marks! But in the end it is so worth it. I’d like to shout out a super HUGE THANK YOU to Creston Books, Marissa Moss, Deborah Zemke, Simon Stahl, Liza Fleissig, Ginger Harris-Dontzin, The Bank Street Writers Lab, Jill Davis, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Marcelino de Santos, Michael J. Miller, and Sarah Longstaff for their feedback and endless encouragement and support.

THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES is available wherever books are sold. However, please support your independent bookstores. In honor of Independent Bookstore Day this past Saturday, I am giving away a $50 gift card to Books of Wonder. To enter, click here. There are four days left to enter! Good luck!

Now, let’s get to the party! Deborah Zemke and I are having our Virtual Launch at Books of Wonder on September 6th at 1 pm (EST). To register for the event on crowdcast, please click here.

And one last item! The first 50 pre-orders of THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES will receive a super-cool detective loot bag!  (Hat not included.)

That’s all folks!


Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

I’m not going to preach today.

Or send out subliminal messages.

I’m just going to gently urge and encourage each and every one of you to do the right thing. No pressure!

And you know what that is?

Please (with sugar on top) support your independent bookstore! Bookstores are the cornerstones, the anchors, the EVERYTHING that represents any kind of normalcy and the EVERYTHING that is wonderful in our communities. Please continue to support them.

On September 6th, Deborah Zemke and I will be doing our virtual launch for our latest Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES, at Books of Wonder. Books of Wonder is the last surviving children’s bookstore in Manhattan. Let’s make sure it stays! So, to get this party started, the first 50 preorders will receive a detective loot bag. Check it out below! (Hat not included.)

For more information about the launch, please visit Books of Wonder.

And in honor of Independent Bookstore Day, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Books of Wonder.

Just enter the rafflecopter by clicking here.

Good luck and please join Deborah and me for the APPLE-TAS-TIC party of the year on 9/6!

Book Giveaway: THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES by Robin Newman — Writing and Illustrating

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MY LATEST BOOK . . . It’s all true. There, I’ve said it. You heard it first on Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating Blog. I, Robin Newman, went completely hog wild in my latest Wilcox & Griswold Mystery. But let’s be frank. No, not that kind of frank. Nobody wants to […]

Book Giveaway: THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES by Robin Newman — Writing and Illustrating

Thrilled to be stopping by Kathy Temean’s AWESOME blog today!

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Let’s Get This APPLE-TAS-TIC Party Started with a HUGE Giveaway!

I can’t believe September is just around the corner. And readers, you all know what that means? 

It means the THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES hits The Big Apple (my hometown!) and elsewhere on September 1.

 To celebrate the release, a little music, please . . .  

Thank you, Alicia Keys & Jay Z! (NYC loves you!) 

Deborah Zemke and I are having an APPLE-TAS-TIC Virtual Celebration at New York City’s one and only Books of Wonder! 

For more information, please visit Books of Wonder by clicking here. (The CASE OF THE BAD APPLES and ALL of the Wilcox & Griswold Mysteries are available for pre-order at Books of Wonder.) Is that true?

To get this party started, I’m giving away a $100 gift card to Books of Wonder.

Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!! The giveaway will run from today through 8/25/20.

Wait! I’m NOT done. 

Check out the AWESOME book trailer for THE CASE OF THE BAD APPLES created by the amazing Cynthia Nugent at Rascal Media. 

Thank you for asking, SpongeBob. Now, I’m done! 

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Important Firsts and CHICKS ROCK! Cover Reveal by Guest Blogger, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen


The walls of my home are covered with photos of my children. A lot of those photos commemorate many of the important firsts that we, as parents, track obsessively—first bath, first day of school, first goal scored, first dance recital. I’ve tried to document as many of my children’s firsts as possible. Each of those firsts represents an essential step in growing up. 

As I study the firsts I captured on film, it occurs to me that there are so many more firsts that are perhaps more essential to the process of growing up for which no one makes a decorative frame. The first time your child stands up to a bully. The first time she makes a friend of her own choosing. The first time she lets a classmate win because that other person really needs a win. There are too many of these firsts to list here, but if you look, I’d bet there is a picture book that introduces your child to these important firsts. CHICKS ROCK! is a story in that category. It’s not about the first time Rocker Chick finds her voice (although finding your voice is one of the hardest parts of growing up—so much so that some of us don’t experience that first until high school, college, or even beyond). It’s about the first time she learns to trust her own voice. Because what good is a voice or an opinion if you don’t have the confidence to share it?

I hope readers will come away from CHICKS ROCK! with the knowledge that learning to trust your voice is not something you have to do on your own. I hope they’ll see that it’s alright to hit a few wrong notes as they test their voices. I hope they’ll learn that everyone has a voice that is helpful in its own way, and it takes a lot of other voices to lift any one up. 


Rocker Chick overcomes stage fright to find her voice in this rockin’ companion to CHICKS RULE!

Rocker Chick loves to jam out alone in her room. She strums her guitar and belts into her tailfeather brush. But she’s too chicken to perform for a crowd. When she’s invited to play a big show at the local barn, Rocker Chick isn’t sure she’s brave enough to take the stage. Thankfully, her peeps have her back.

Each bringing their own strengths and skills, Rocker Chick’s friends help her find her inner rock star and step into the spotlight. This celebration of courage and commitment shows just how much friendship rocks!

CHICKS ROCK! is currently available for pre-order by clicking here.

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About the author

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is an award-winning children’s book author whose books include CHICK RULE!, THE UNITED STATES vs. JACKIE ROBINSON (2019 ALSC Notable Children’s Books List), DUCK, DUCK, MOOSE! (CBC Children’s Choice Award Finalist), TYRANNOSAURUS WRECKS! (Junior Library Guild Selection), and the PURRMAIDS chapter book series. She has visited schools and libraries for the past 15 years, talking to kids about writing, reading, and finding their voices.

Sudipta lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband, three children, and an adorable pug named Roxie. You can learn more about her and her books on her website


Bank Street Bookstore, Please Don’t Go, We Love You So!


If anyone ever asks me what makes the Upper West Side so special, at the very top of my list is Bank Street Bookstore. It’s where my son met his first authors and illustrators. It’s where he asked Jill Davis, “How can my mom get published?”

It’s where Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen stared him straight in the face before reading Quackenstein and said, “Noah, I know you know how the story ends. Do NOT give it away.” It’s where Andy Laties used to let him pretend to work the cash register. And for me, it’s where I fantasized of seeing my books facing front (Heck! It’s my fantasy!), and in the store’s windows even before I wrote my first story.




So, when I learned this week that Bank Street Bookstore will be closing its doors permanently in August, devasted doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling.

I’ve written a number of posts about Bank Street throughout the years. The links are below:

The Upper West Side will not be the same without you.