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Follow Hazy Dell Press as we're praised and discussed in digital and print media.

Zombie, Or Not to Be and Alien Baby win 2022 Independent Publisher Book Awards

We're proud to announce that our middle-grade chapter book, Zombie, Or Not to Be, and our lift-a-flap book, Alien Baby!, have each been honored with a 2022 Independent Publisher Book Award in their respective categories! Also known as the IPPYs, the Independent Publisher Book Award "rewards those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing."

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Publishers Weekly feature: Publishing in the Pacific Northwest

“Small independent publishers like us wouldn’t stand a chance without librarians, teachers, booksellers and publications like Publishers Weekly, who make the effort to seek out books from independent presses and provide that critical platform for small businesses like ours,” she says.

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5★ Kid's Book Buzz review: Werewolf? There Wolf!

Just when you think you know the story of the big bad wolf and little red, this cool book comes along and surprises you.

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Powell's Books Editors' Picks: Pumpkin Baby!

PNW-local publisher Hazy Dell Press continually impresses with their well-designed, gorgeously illustrated, fun, and thoughtful takes on mythic beasties.

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Pumpkin Baby! and I Believe in You win 2021 Moonbeam Awards

Launched in 2007, the Moonbeam Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading.

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Kirkus Reviews: Krampus Confidential

Good fun for youngsters who prefer their holiday cheer with a dark twist.

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Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards: Zombie, Or Not to Be

Book 2 of the Hazy Fables middle-grade series is named a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award.

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This Book That Book Editors' Picks: Hazy Dell Love & Nurture series

Valentines Day is almost here! We’ve gathered together 25 of the cutest kids books around that celebrate love in all its forms.

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★ Kirkus starred review: I Believe in You

Lovely, sweet, and warmly offbeat.

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Publishers Weekly Editors' Picks: I'm Programmed to Love You

Utilizing the refrain “I’m programmed to...,” Barks surveys what guardians should offer, including safety, affection, and guidance.

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Foreword Reviews: I'm Programmed to Love You

From the soothing illustrations to the simple, rhyming prose, this picture book is destined to become a new bedtime favorite.

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Publishers Weekly review: I'm Programmed to Love You

[A] warmly illustrated ode to familial care.

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Kirkus Reviews: Yeti Baby! and Pumpkin Baby!

Mythic and magically charming.

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GeekMom Editors' Picks: Pumpkin Baby!

[T]he well-written rhymes and bright colors make it ideal for reading aloud to the littlest baby bats and its chunky shape will allow babies to explore the story in their own way.

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School Library Journal review: Zombie, Or Not to Be

Highly recommended…A pandemic, environmental issues, and characters who do not believe in science are themes all too suitable for students seeking contemporary fiction.

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Publishers Weekly review: Yeti Baby!

A whimsically wintry lift-the-flap book.

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Kirkus Reviews: Zombie, Or Not to Be

A standing ovation for undead environmentalist theater.

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The Oregonian Editors' Picks: Alien Baby! and Bigfoot Baby!

[P]erfect for saying “good night” to your little one.

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Powell's Books Picks of the Month: Bigfoot Baby!

The staff of Powell's Books select Bigfoot Baby! as one of their April 2020 picks of the month.

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★ Kirkus starred review: Alien Baby!

Entertainment for tots that’s visually and conceptually out of this world.

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Publishers Weekly feature: How Kids' Lit Is Responding to the Coronavirus

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Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards: Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia

Hazy Dell Press' debut middle-grade chapter book wins a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award.

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REI Co-op Editors' Picks: Get Dressed, Sasquatch!

In this funny yet poignant book, we find out what happens when a rule-following park ranger tells Bigfoot about the new Ranger Rule 352: “People in the park must never be nude.”

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Kirkus Best of 2019: Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia

Kirkus Reviews names Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia one of the best books of 2019.

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Kirkus Reviews Editors' Picks: Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia

Author Kyle Sullivan’s nomenclature is what an 8-year-old Dickens might have aspired to....readers will giggle through every page of this smart political satire.

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5★ Kid's Book Buzz review: Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia

This book is funny and serious at the right times and it also shows how different the world would be if we all liked putrid smells.

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The Seattle Times review: Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia

Read it together at bedtime to share laughter and a positive message of empathy and inclusivity.

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Literary Features Syndicate review: Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia

This story is like nothing you’ve ever read before...you’ll instantly fart with glee.

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★ Kirkus starred review: Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia

The bodily functions and other stinky-things–based humor amp the kid-friendliness, frequently put the “pun” in pungent, and occasionally dip into parody musical numbers and sly self-awareness.

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Kiss the Book review: Goodnight Krampus

You might think you need to reserve reading this only for December, but I think it works any time of the year.

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Spooky KidLit review: Don't Eat Me, Chupacabras!

Their unabashed celebration of joy and weirdness speaks to me very deeply, and I know that these are messages that kids want and need to hear.

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PDX Parent Magazine Editors' Picks: The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies

Charming...a perfect read for kids who look forward to Halloween all year round.

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Spooky KidLit review: The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies

With witty, bouncing rhymes and endlessly delightful art,The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebiesis another must-read title from Hazy Dell Press.

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Foreword Reviews: The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies

Brave a creepy campout filled with rhyming verses and smiling faces, stargaze with Mothman, night swim with Sea Beast, or roast marshmallows with Hobgoblin, turning worry into wonder and monsters into friends.

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Powell's Books staff pick: Goodnight Krampus

My sassy 18-month-old LOVES this book. She has demanded we read it every night since bringing it home.

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Shelf Awareness Editors' Picks: Monster ABC

Monster ABC's rhyming text gives simple introductions to the monsters of the alphabet; silly illustrations make even the scariest of monsters near impossible to find frightening.

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Feature story: Seattle's Child Magazine

Why teach your kids that A is for apple and B is for ball, when they could learn that A is for alien and B is for banshee instead?

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Creators Syndicate Editors' Picks: Hazy Dell Press Monster Series

Rhyming picture books are prevalent, but rollicking, fun ones are rarer.

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Feature story: Publishers Weekly

"We started Hazy Dell Press with a simple goal: we wanted to create thoughtful, funny, and engaging children’s books that parents could enjoy as much as their children...”

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Feature story: The Columbian

It takes months of brainstorming, storyboarding, script writing and illustrating to perfect a board book — a deceptively simple-seeming product, the brothers said. “Everything needs to be completely integrated, the words and the pictures,” Kyle Sullivan said.

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Feature story: The Oregonian

"We think that when parents can model their enjoyment of a book, when they can laugh out loud at an alphabet board book, that's really modeling what it is to love reading."

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Mom Read It blog: Hazy Dell Press Monster Series

Last year at BookExpo, I saw a table with board books like, “Goodnight Krampus” and “Get Dressed, Sasquatch!” and I immediately ran over. I’m the mom that buys Cthulhu board books for my kid, so this spoke to me.

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Don't Eat Me Chupacabra review: University of Washington English Matters blog

[W]e are tickled by Don’t Eat Me Chupacabra!, which is button cute and has useful bilingual aspects to boot.

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School Library Journal Editors' Picks: Hush Now, Banshee!

The subtitle says it all about this hilarious and energetic romp through numbers one to 10.

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Photo by Lincoln Barbour (Used with permission from Jessica Helgerson Interior Design)

Sightline Institute: Best Books of 2017

All four book from Hazy Dell Press are great, but Monster ABC gets special props for being the one alphabet book our toddler wants to read over and over again ad nauseum.

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Willamette Week Holiday Gift Guide

This collection of board books written and illustrated right here in Portland, Oregon are unlike any other books for children.

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Photo source: Phinney Books

King5 Seattle: Editors' Picks

Jeopardy! winner, bibliophile and Phinney Books owner Tom Nissley gives his recommendations on PNW authors to give for the holidays.

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Get Dressed, Sasquatch review: GeekDad.com

My son loves wearing dresses as much as he loves wearing Star Wars t-shirts, and having a character in a book who can wear anything without anybody being negative about it was great to see!

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Threadless.com Artist Interview

"There’s something inherently powerful and mysterious about the Northwest landscape and, while it’s hard to quantify exactly how it affects our work, a lot of our work and the stories that we’re drawn to are built on the understanding that humans aren’t really in charge."

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PDX Parent Magazine Gift Guide: Monster ABC

From A is for Alien to Z is for Zombie, twins Derek and Kyle Sullivan have a winner of a board book on their hands with Monster ABC, from PDX-based Hazy Dell Press.

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Feature story: The Columbian

Writing on two levels for two different audiences — plain and simple for children, subtly winking at parents — is a lot tougher than it seems, Kyle said. “You don’t want to create any barriers for children. But you also want to make sure parents are excited. That takes a lot of wordsmithing and different drafts.”

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Monster ABC review: Pacific Northwest Book Review

While some adults tell scary stories to children in order to scare them into being good, the Sullivans seek to introduce monsters to young readers as silly and fun, not something to be afraid of.

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Monster ABC wins a Moonbeam Gold Award

Jenkins Group is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Launched in 2007, the awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading.

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GeekDad.com Holiday Gift Guide: Monster ABC

As GeekDads we have spent countless hours reading for ourselves and our kids, and sometimes we like a book well enough to recommend it to our readers. Below we feature some of our favorite books that we’ve discovered this year.

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Monster ABC review: GeekDad.com

I was immediately struck by how well made the book is. I’m sure we’ve all had board books with flimsy pages that didn’t last very long but the quality of the materials in Monster ABC sets a new bar for board books.

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The Oregonian: 2015 Kids' Gift Guide

If you're shopping for a little one or two this holiday season, why not add a local touch? Here are 25 gift ideas from local companies and entrepreneurs, found at locally owned stores.

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A refreshing change from saccharine kids’ stories.
The Seattle Times
Unlike any other books for children.
Willamette Week
Hilarious and energetic.
School Library Journal
Buoyant silliness and a positive message.
Booklist
Infinitely re-readable.
GeekDad.com
A great way to introduce children to the bizarre and fascinating worlds of monsters and mystery.
Dr. Emily Zarka, host of PBS' Monstrum
Improbably special.
Kirkus Reviews
We're howling with love for this stunning book.
Illustoria Magazine
Innovative, modern and incredibly fun.
Creators Syndicate
Hip and entertaining, even for the grown-ups.
The Seattle Times
[D]estined to become a new bedtime favorite.
Foreword Reviews