Mark Pett


THIS IS MY BOOK! comes out next week, September 6th, 2016

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 | 19 comments


I am thrilled (and terrified) to announce the impending release of my new book, THIS IS MY BOOK! This one is especially personal because it stars ME as the author and illustrator of the book.

As the author and illustrator, I become extremely frustrated when my freshly drawn helper panda, Spike, does not follow my rules for the book. He starts by coloring on my clean white pages, then adding words, and then characters! He even goes so far as to add flaps, pull tabs, and more! By the end of the book, I realize that this book doesn’t just belong to me, and we invite creative input from the reader. There’s even a mini book in the back for readers to write and draw their own additions.

The inspiration for this book came from my eldest daughter Millie’s early years. Like many firstborn children, she NEEDED to be in charge of games/activities of which she was a part. She became extremely frustrated when others didn’t follow HER rules. Fortunately for all of us, she’s become much better at including input from others.

This book was loads of fun to create, and I’m immensely grateful for the good folks at Knopf, who didn’t bat an eye at all of the extras I wanted to pack into this book. In particular, I want to acknowledge my illustrious editor Erin Clarke and my fearless art director Katrina Damkoehler.

I hope you enjoy THIS IS MY BOOK!


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