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HDP BLOG

A blog featuring author and illustrator stories on the popular Hazy Dell Press children's books including Monster ABC, Goodnight Krampus and Get Dressed, Sasquatch!

HDP Newsletter: Happy Holidays!

Kyle Sullivan

We'd like to offer a sincere holiday thanks to all of our many supporters in 2017. Whether you purchased one of our products, chatted with us at an event, or followed us on social media, we love and appreciate all of you. 

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Oregon Bigfoot Festival 2017: A Hazy Dell Press Recap

Kyle Sullivan

As it turns out, one of the more interesting and delightful cross-sections of the American population is composed of folks enthused by both total solar eclipses and Bigfoot. More than four thousand members of this quirky demo showed up to Glen Otto Park in Troutdale, Oregon, for the Oregon Bigfoot Festival on August 19: just two days before the eclipse.  

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HDP Newsletter: July 2017

Kyle Sullivan

The Summer of Sasquatch continues with our Sasquatch Starter Pack Giveaway! The Sasquatch Starter Pack includes:

  • a signed copy of Get Dressed, Sasquatch!
  • a Hazy Dell Press Sasquatch t-shirt of your choice...
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Top 10 Creepy Movies for Kids: Part 4

Kyle Sullivan

We’re nearing the end of our list of the top 10 creepy movies for kids, which seems like a good time to reiterate that although our board books involve monsters and mythologies that are traditionally presented in a spookier context, they are not at all creepy. Monster ABC, Goodnight Krampus and Get Dressed, Sasquatch! are our way to introduce monsters to children in a fun context that demonstrates the power we have over imaginary and fictitious creations. They can be as fun and harmless as we want them to be.

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Top 10 Creepy Movies for Kids: Part 3

Kyle Sullivan

Movies 5, 6 and 7 in our list all find a certain amount of uncanny delight in complicated protagonist/antagonist hybrids that you really want to cheer for, but can never quite get behind. In all three movies, there are only two supporting protagonists that the audience can cheer on with a clear conscience: Lydia in Beetlejuice and Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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HDP Newsletter: May 2017

Kyle Sullivan

Our new book, Get Dressed, Sasquatch! is sooo close to being available. To celebrate, we're giving away the full set of Hazy Dell Press titles—Monster ABC, Goodnight Krampus and Get Dressed, Sasquatch!—to a lucky winner. Entering the giveaway contest is easy: 

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University District Street Fair 2017: A Hazy Dell Press Recap

Kyle Sullivan

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of selling our wares and interacting with a lovely swath of Seattleites at the 48th Annual University District Street Fair. Weather makes or breaks street fair events, and this year the weather couldn’t have been more cooperative. The only thing that would have made it more of a success is if our new book, Get Dressed, Sasquatch!, had arrived early and made its debut.

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Top 10 Creepy Movies for Kids: Part 2

Kyle Sullivan

Next up in our journey through children-targeted creepiness are two movies that provide the creeps through tactile expertise. Respectively, the films we touch on today come from the stop-motion prowess of Laika and the puppeteering mastery of Jim Henson Company. If representatives of either company are reading this, the answer is “yes”: we will gladly partner with you on an adaptation of Get Dressed, Sasquatch! Just shoot us an email.

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Top 10 Creepy Movies for Kids: Part 1

Kyle Sullivan

We at Hazy Dell Press have always been drawn to creepy things. Although our first three books (Monster ABC, Goodnight Krampus and Get Dressed, Sasquatch!) aren’t creepy at all, our stories include elements and characters that can be and have been repurposed in scarier formats. As we’ve mentioned before, our goal isn’t to scare anyone—it’s to playfully recast the monsters of our youth in humorous, friendly contexts.

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Monster ABC: C is for Chupacabra

Kyle Sullivan

Perhaps due to millennial paranoia, the 1990s of our youth were a heyday for paranormal speculation and our 9-to-12-year-old selves were caught up to our eyeballs in it. The X-Files was the best (drama) show on TV, alien abductions seemed to be a legitimate national concern (particularly thanks to popular and terrifying shows like Unsolved Mysteries and Sightings), crop circles and cattle mutilations were a legitimate thing-in-the-news, and all the while black helicopters churned threateningly and allegedly overhead.

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Christmas is Hardcore

Kyle Sullivan

As you may know, we recently released our 2016 children’s board book Goodnight Krampus as a Kindle e-book. This means for $3.99 you can access a whimsical dosage of offbeat Christmas fun whenever you want on your iPhone, iPad, Android device or Kindle. Some of you may be thinking that April is an inappropriate time of year for a whimsical dosage of offbeat Christmas fun.

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