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squiffy and the vine street boys childfrens book by steve stinson

Squiffy & the Vine Street Boys in Shiver Me Timbers!


Squiffy's the idea man in the neighborhood, and he can always count on his pals, the Vine Street Boys, to join in.


From their treehouse headquarters at the corner of Fifth Street and Vine, the boys plot their adventures. In book one, they court disaster in "Shiver Me Timbers," a story of a pirate ship. When one too many pirates join the crew, things list way too far . . .  and back.


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grumpypants childrens book by steve stinson

Grumpypants


When all the guys find out that their pal, Grumpypants, has a bed with two wrong sides, they set out to fix the problem.


With ingenuity and teamwork, plus some skill with hammer and nails, the boys create a path to happiness for Grumpypants. The question is – will he take it?


A read aloud book for the 3-6 year old crowd.

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darien the crustatarian childrens book by steve stinson

Darien the Crustatarian


Darien awakens to find her taste buds have gone away and that no food -- including candy and milkshakes -- tastes good.


Luckily, her father discovers the one food that makes all others edible.  


She's an over the top drama queen and the book is illustrated from a child's eye view, putting readers in the role of a private audience, like a kid brother. This is a fast, fun read for ages 3-6.

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Where Kent Went


"Kent stuffed fireworks in his pants." So begins a rowdy, slapstick journey around the world for the hapless Kent.  


Watch him as he gathers surprising  souvenirs that get stuck in his pants along the way. He encounters Don Quixote,  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Romeo and Juliet, among others, before he is rescued from his landing place atop the Eiffel Tower.


Boys love this one. Ages 3-6.

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Ice for Rent


Meet Lonely Fred, Fretful Jack, Runnin' Ray, and all Eleven Masons along with many other characters on the pages of "Ice for Rent."


You'll see Bentley's Cattywampus Compass, Chucky's Trampoline Shoes, Spike's Remarkable Bike, and many more.


Some of these poems are stories in miniature. Others are pure wordlplay. All of them bring a smile.


Light verse and illustrations  for the 6-10 year old crowd from Steve Stinson.






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My Favorite Nursery Rhymes


These are the fun ones...the timeless rhymes that beg to be read aloud and remembered forever.


Nursery rhymes are character sketches. They should be illustrated that way, and that's what I've tried to do with this book.


There are allowances for words that are bygone – "Snips and snails" becomes "Frogs and snails" – but mostly the rhymes are retold in their true form.

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Hay-Hay's Dog Has Her Day Day


When Hay-Hay meets an Elf who turns her into a dog, she decides to make a day of it by visiting her school. Bedlam ensues.


I wanted to capture the energy and spirit of a first sketch in the published illustrations so "Hay-Hay" was drawn in ink direct to the page. No layout. No rough draft. No sketches. No makeovers.


It was an experiment. I hope you think it worked.



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Whit's Matching Shoes


Be careful what you wish for.


When Whit wishes her feet would fit her new dancing shoes, she gets a pair of too-big feet.


Like Hay Hay's Dog Has Her Day-Day, this book was made "Alla Prima," which is art lingo for "in one sitting."


I wanted to capture the energy and spirit of a first sketch in the final illustration, so "Whit" was drawn in ink direct to the page.

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Bullet Bill Dudley: The Greatest 60-Minute Man in Football


An NFL team today suits up eight men to play the positions that Bill Dudley played by himself in every game.


The most versatile player in NFL history, he never left the field on his way to a college and NFL Hall of Fame career.


You can't separate the footbal from the man, but you can separate the man from football.

Steve Stinson captures Bill's steadfast sense of purpose and his devotion to his family and community.

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What Would Mary Ann Do?


As the sweet, polite, and thoughtful Mary Ann Summers from Kansas in the hit series Gilligan’s Island, Dawn Wells created an unforgettable and beloved character that still connects with people fifty years from the shows debut in 1964.


As the “good girl” among the group of castaways on a tiny island, she was often positioned against the glamorous and exotic Ginger Grant, played by Tina Louise, prompting many to ask: Are you a Ginger or a Mary Ann?


This book not only helps readers answer that question for themselves but also sends the inspirational and heartwarming message that yes, good girls do finish first. Part self-help, part memoir, and part humor–with a little classic TV nostalgia for good measure.