Calef Brown

There’s no wrong direction with picture book author Calef Brown! The bestselling author of FLAMINGOS ON THE ROOF and the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor award-winning HYPNOTIZE A TIGER, will be reading from his new book UP VERSES DOWN. Full of zany characters and whimsical wordplay, UP VERSES DOWN is a poetic and visual delight for young readers. Calef will read his new book and sign copies at the event. 

Enter the zany, delightful world of this long-format picture book poetry collection from Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award winner and #1 New York Times–bestselling author-illustrator Calef Brown.

This book is powered by 100% natural
A verse-based energy source
(with verbal synergy, of course)

Up Verses Down is vibrantly rendered in Calef’s full-color artwork and stars his brilliantly imagined characters and worlds—from Sleepy LaFeete, who chooses to snooze in the busiest spots, to Mister Adam Hatter and the Lovely Lady Wigg, who had a fig banquet and danced a fancy jig, to a guyy named Rexx that uses exxtra Xs every now and then. It’s an irresistible world: creative, hilarious, and inspired! Calef has cultivated a reputation as one of the premiere children's poets in the industry and is highly decorated in honors and awards for his talent.

Calef Brown is an illustrator, character designer, and children's book creator. Books he has written and illustrated include Hypnotize a Tiger, which won the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor Award, Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, Hallowilloween, and Flamingos on the Roof, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller. He has also illustrated Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl, The Yggyssey, and The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald. He lives with his family in Rhode Island.

Event date: 
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
An Unlikely Story (Second Story)
Up Verses Down: Poems, Paintings, and Serious Nonsense Cover Image
By Calef Brown, Calef Brown (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805099294
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 18th, 2019

Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618111299
Availability: Available to Order
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2005

Signed Copies

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