Wednesday, December 31, 2008

...and a Happy New Year!



A Happy and Healthy New Year to All! I resolve that I won't use the Monsters again after this, but they looked like they were having such a good time at Christmas that they should continue partying into the new year! (plus, I've been to busy to do anything new, more on that later)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas Everyone! It's been a great year and it's going out with a very busy bang! I'm about to select the winner of the second Monster Sculpt contest, check out the winner shortly here: www.ImLookingForAMonster.com. I'll also be announcing a new contest soon.

I've been so busy lately, I have not sent out all of the printed christmas cards I have wanted to send. If you have not received one, and want one. send me an email with your address and I'll put one in the mail. ( I apologize if you feel slighted, I just haven't had time to look up everyone's address) I hope I have time to put together a New Year's image also. Wow, so much to do, so little time!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Winners!


I received this photo last week of Tony and his boys. They won the Halloween Monster contest on www.ImLookingForAMonster.com.

Don't forget to enter for the second "Win This Monster" contest. The contest drawing takes place on Dec 22nd.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cool News!


I found out some really cool news this past week;

• A week ago I found out that “I’m Looking For A Monster!” is on a “Best Books of 2008” from Building Readers, a national newsletter for teachers, pre-schools, libraries and other educational institutions.

• My editors at Random House informed me on Friday that I have won an “Excellence in Book Production and Design” award from the Bookbinder’s Guild of New York. My book will be featured at the New York Book Show in March.

I also found out that my friend Bob Eckstein's Book "The History of the Snowman" is getting great attention. Find out more here.

Monday, December 1, 2008

'Nother Kid


Here's another design for a revision of a book I've been working on. I'm trying for a looser style.
Come see me this Saturday at 2pm at the Dorchester Public Library.

I also want to thank Bob Eckstein for plugging my book on his blog, Freelancer's Lament Check out Bob's Book, History Of The Snowman.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More Little Guys


Here are some character sketches for a revamp of one of the books I'm working on. I'm trying for a looser style. Anyone have a preference?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Little Guy


I had a great time signing books in New Jersey. Last Friday I had a meeting with an agent in NYC. It was very productive, I learned a lot and I'm sending her some revisions. More on this later.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In Celebration Of Books


Recently I was invited to attend "In Celebration of Books" at Gunston Day School. I taught two classes of students about my books and had a great time. I felt a bit like an infiltrator though, as I was there with "real" authors. I still feel like someone's going to walk up to me and tell me they caught me pretending to be an author... and then they'll point out that I'm not wearing pants.

Come and see me read and sign "I'm Looking For A Monster" at the Barnes & Noble on Rt 9 in Howell, New Jersey
on Saturday Nov 15th, from 1pm to 3pm.

Monday, November 3, 2008

...and the winner is!


Tony M. in Ohio

Congratulations to Tony, who has 2 young sons who love the book. We'll be sending Tony his sculpture; sculpted, molded, cast, painted and signed by Timothy Young. We're only sorry he lives so far away and we hope he'll send us a picture of himself with the sculpt once he gets it.

Now, for everyone who did not win...

Win Another Sculpture!

If you entered the first contest, you're now in the drawing for a second sculpture casting, to be drawn just in time for Christmas! If you haven't entered yet...Enter Here!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Halloween!


I've had a great October! I really enjoyed all of my book signings and readings. Great to see so many old friends and meet so many new. Don't forget, this Friday on Halloween, I'll be drawing the name of the Lucky Winner of the Monster Sculpture on www.ImLookingForAMonster.com

Click the image above to see the full Halloween Card. Be Warned! May Cause Seizures!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monster Book Originals



Before "I'm Looking For A Monster!" was a pop-up book, it was a picture book. Here are two spreads from the original layout. I took a number of pages to this level to present the idea to Random House. I'm currently working on two other books that they are interested in. More on those later.

Don't forget, this week I'll be at the following book signings:

• I'm reading and signing books at the Borders in Annapolis Md. at Storytime,
October 23rd at 10:30am.

• I'm reading and signing books at the Barnes and Noble store at the Power Plant in Baltimore Md
from 12 to 2pm on October 25th.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Book Signings Follow-Up


I had a great visit to Keyport Elementary School in New Jersey last Wednesday, and then I went to the Keyport Public Library and presented them a copy of the book. They even found my old library card, last used in 1982. I had a great time reading and signing books at the Borders on 32nd Street and 2nd Ave in New York City on October 9th. Afterwards I met a couple of friends at The Ginger Man. I also had a good time reading and signing at the Barnes & Noble in Holmdel, New Jersey
on Saturday, October 11th

Monday, October 6, 2008

School Visits and Book Signings


I had a great time reading and signing books at the Borders in Columbia Md on Friday and Saturday. Met some great people and handed out a bunch of brochures to area teachers. If you'd like to see my School Visit Brochure you can download it here. Pass on the link to any teachers you know.

Coming up this week, on Wednesday I visit the students at my old elementary school in Keyport, NJ. Then on Thursday I'll be signing books at the Borders on 32nd Street and 2nd Ave in New York City
on October 9rd from 3:30 to 6 pm. Afterwards I'm meeting friends at The Ginger Man on 36th Street. Come on down. I also have a new booksigning at the Barnes & Noble in Holmdel, New Jersey
on Saturday, October 11th from 11am until 1pm.

Monday, September 29, 2008

School Visits & Signings


I had some great school visits this week. On Wednesday I visited Chapel District school and read to 4 classes in the media center (I still refer to it as the "Library") With the pre-schoolers and 2nd graders, I showed them a cool drawing tecnique and gave them coloring pages. With the 3rd and 5th graders I helped them make their own pop-ups pages. On Friday I visited Mrs Gallagher's 1st grade class at Easton Elementary. I had a great time. If you'd like to see my School Visit Brochure you can download it here.

I also have a new booksigning at the Barnes & Noble in Holmdel, New Jersey
on Saturday, October 11th from 11am until 1pm.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Book Signing in NYC


I'm excited to announce that I'll be reading and signing copies of I'm Looking For A Monster
at the Borders on 32nd Street and 2nd Ave in New York City
on October 9rd from 3:30 to 6 pm.

Monday, September 15, 2008

New Surplus Guys


I'm working on a new ad for my client, Builder's Surplus Supply. This ad will appear in a supplement to our local Waterfowl Festival.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Book Signings & Readings


I have a number of bookstore readings and signings scheduled, and I have more in the planning stages.

• I'm reading and signing copies of I'm Looking For A Monster at the Borders in Columbia Md. on October 3rd from 6 to 8 pm and October 4th from 2 pm.

• I'm reading and signing books at the Borders in Annapolis Md. at Storytime, October 23rd at 10:30am.

• I'm reading and signing books at the Barnes and Noble store at the Power Plant in Baltimore Md at 1pm on October 25th.

Don't forget to check www.ImLookingForAMonster.com for more info and where to buy the book online.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Chesapeake Life Article



Chesapeake Life magazine has a nice article about me, my book and Creatures & Characters. You can check it out here.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Beach Monster


I spent a few days on the beach with my family. While my kids were skim-boarding, I sculpted a couple of sand creatures. Here's a Monster I made on Friday, and on Saturday I made a Gorilla. You can see it Here or Here

Monday, August 11, 2008

Millions of Monkeys


I was thrilled to be invited to join the Millions of Monkeys blog. My friends Elaine and Kurt, owners of Monkey Doodle Dandy, a toy design company, set up the blog a short while ago. Here's my first addition.

Monday, August 4, 2008

More Reviews In!


Here's a bunny I drew for the weekly, just wanted to do something different.
I'm Looking For A Monster! has now had 3 reviews. Bookgasm.com , 100 Scope Notes, and National Writing Center For Children

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

First Review of I'M LOOKING FOR A MONSTER!

bookgasm.com has reviewed my book!:

It will take you maybe 15 seconds to read I’M LOOKING FOR A MONSTER in its entirety, but I’ll bet you take much, much longer to peruse its pages. See, Timothy Young’s book is a pop-up, intended for pre-kindergarteners, and while they’ll be entranced by the wheels, tabs, flaps and snaps, it’s adults like you who can truly appreciate Young’s illustrations. Each spread contains a single-colored background, with all the figures in the foreground in black. Only eyes, teeth and various kinds of horns and claws render as white, making for a simplistic, stark cartoony look that’s rather cool. It should keep the kids entertained until Halloween, when they’ll wish their trick-or-treat bags looked as hip.

Monday, July 21, 2008

New Contest!


Things are finally calming down a bit. I just got another email from someone who wants me to do another book-signing and I'm hearing from friends all over who've gotten the book. Since I can't be everywhere looking in bookstroes to see who's carrying it, especially small local bookstores, I have a challenge and a reward. Send me a picture of you holding a copy of "I'm Looking For A Monster" in front of your local bookstore (if your the owner of the store, you can do it yourself!) If you can't get the book locally, but bought one online, take a picture in front of something interesting in your area (like the Eiffel Tower or the Great Wall of China). I'll put the pictures online and on Halloween, I'll draw a random winner of another Monster Sculpture! I'm only going to cast a few of these, mostly as gifts to people who've helped on the book. I'm going to sign and number them. Email the pictures to me at pics@creaturesandcharacters.com

Sunday, July 13, 2008

What a week!


On Tuesday, the release date for the book, I found that I was front page news. I new my local paper was doing an article, lucky for me it was a slow news day and I made not just the front, but above the fold. Here's a link to the full text.

Then, on Wednesday I read I'm Looking For a Monster for the first time to a group of kids at storytime at the Easton branch of the Talbot County Library. About 2 dozen kids were there and a bunch of adults. It was great fun. The Star Democrat ran this picture of the event in Thursday's paper and a video on their website.




Here's the caption: PHOTO & VIDEO BY ROXANE DOSTER WATTS Easton author Timothy Young read his book “I’m Looking for a Monster” to children at the Talbot County Free Library. The children also made a picture that included their own monsters. Young is currently working on his next book, “I’m Looking for a Dinosaur,” which he expects to be out next year. Young will be at the Old Towne Creamery in Easton on Saturday to sign his book, which was released Tuesday.

You can see the video here.

On Saturday I had my first Book Signing at the Olde Towne Creamery. We sold close to 50 books and had a great time seeing friends, collegues and lots of local kids come out. I'll have photos from that event next week.

Don't forget to check www.ImLookingForAMonster.com for more events and where to buy the book. Let me know if you find it locally, and I'll give your local bookstore a plug.

Tim

Monday, July 7, 2008

My Book Is Out!!!


I'M LOOKING FOR A MONSTER! is finally available in bookstores tomorrow, July 8th! If you can't find it locally, it's available online all over the world. You can google it and you'll find multiple listings, or go to www.ImLookingForAMonster.com and you'll find links. If you do find it in your local bookstore, let me know and I'll plug them on my website.

Monday, June 30, 2008

1 WEEK TO GO...


My book, I'M LOOKING FOR A MONSTER, is released next Tuesday, July 8th. I'm very excited and the thing that thrills me the most is how many international booksellers are carrying my book. I found it on the French, UK and Japanese Amazon sites, as well as other book sites in Canada, Denmark and Australia. You can find links to these on the I'm Looking For A Monster website. 
I'll be signing books at the Olde Towne Creamery in Easton, Md on July 12th. Here is a crab I created for a postcard they will be selling.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Officer Monkey


Here's a monkey character I created for a client, the Olde Towne Creamery in Easton, MD. Two weeks until I'm  Looking For A Monster is released. Woo-Hoo!

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Finished Sculpt


Updated: I finished the sculpture for the contest. You can now enter the contest at http://www.imlookingforamonster.com/Contest.html 

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Monster Sculpture


I sculpted one of the monsters from my book. I'm going to be raffling off a painted casting of it on my book website for I'M LOOKING FOR A MONSTER.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Memory Game (UPDATED)

I've finished the game and it's on the book website. Click the picture to link to the game in place.

I'm adding a memory matching game to my website for "I'm Looking For A Monster". It's not done, so it's not on the site yet. If you'd like to try it out, go to the Creatures and Characters Weekly site in the links. I borrowed the layout from a free Flash template site, and I'm still replacing all of the images with my own. If you'd like to see the full book website in progress, go to the link on the right. July 8th is coming soon!

By the way, I was just told by my editor at Random House that the Wegman's Supermarkets in the northeast are using my book in a Big Summer promotion. I don't know the details yet, so I'll put up more info as I get it. So, in the meantime, shop at Wegman's.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Welcome to Creatures & Characters Weekly!


I've been putting up Creatures & Characters Weekly for a couple of years now on my own website. I've decided to mirror it here so I can take advantage of RSS and links from Google's blogger system. I am the Author/Illustrator of I'M LOOKING FOR A MONSTER, which will be published by Random House on July 8th, 2008. I'm currently working on a promotional website for the book, here is a picture from a Flash game I'm working on.