Since his debut board book, Monster ABC, arrived in October 2015, Kyle Sullivan has been busy. He’s since written four more children’s board books, a 52-page picture book, and now, debuting September 17 in stores across the world, his first early chapter book: Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia.
Kyle took some time out from writing the follow-up to Hobgoblin (and various other projects) to chat about his career as a children’s author, what it’s like to collaborate with his identical twin brother, and what we can look forward to next.
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.
AYAYAYAYAY! We're screaming like Banshees over here. Our fourth book is available for pre-order! This unique counting book follows Banshee as she counts her way across the Irish landscape and learns a thing or two (or three, or four, etc.) about the virtues of quiet time.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The first 100 friends who preorder our new book, Get Dressed Sasquatch, will receive a signed, limited-edition 6x6" art print featuring the beloved Hazy Dell Press mascot, the Cyclops Witch. Prints are limited, so be sure to preorder your book ASAP!
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.
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.
While Sasquatch is one of 26 monsters in Monster ABC, he gets his star turn in our third children’s board book: Get Dressed, Sasquatch! (currently available for pre-order). If you take a tiny peek in our online store, you probably don’t need to be Perry Mason to deduce that Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot) occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of Hazy Dell Press.
We’re beside ourselves in excitement as we type the following words: The third official book in the Hazy Dell Press canon is available for pre-order!Get, Dressed Sasquatch! is a quintessentially Pacific Northwest story of one proudly au naturale Sasquatch, his slow-but-well-meaning bear friend, and a timid ranger who’d like our favorite big-footed lug to follow the park rules and put some clothes on.
In celebration of Monster ABC’s Kindle edition debut, we thought we’d discuss one of the most common questions we receive about Monster ABC: “Is this book too scary for children?” We love fielding this question, as it speaks to the heart of why we created a children’s board book called Monster ABC in the first place.
When 100,000 passionate, enthusiastic fans of comics, books, movies and TV shows gather in one place, it’s bound to be a memorable event. And when such an event is held in Seattle, the goodwill and pleasantness percolating through the crowd becomes almost visibly tangible. The 15th annual Emerald City Comicon (Mar 2-5) lived up to its reputation as being one of the happiest and most energetic events on the Hazy Dell Press events calendar.
The next time the universe decapitates your dreams, you’d do well to adopt the Chinese deity Xing Tian as your role model. His literal decapitation at the hands of his foe, The Yellow Emperor, didn’t slow him down one bit. He calmly assessed the situation, grew eyeballs out of his nipples, a mouth out of his belly button, and kept on fighting. Although your specific approach might vary from Xing Tian’s, the lesson remains: never give up. Keep fighting your ass off even when you lose your head.
As everyone knows, Q and X are the most difficult letters in the English language. The path of human progress is littered with defeated alphabet book authors who, having sped their way innocently from A through P, slammed headfirst into a Q-shaped wall. Luckily for us, Mesoamerican culture presented us with an excellent Q option so that we didn’t have to abandon our Monster ABC children's book disgracefully half-finished. So, thank you, Mesoamerica. And thank you, Quetzalcoatl.