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How To Cheer Up Dad Book Giveaway!

Wow. Wow. Wow. Both the Rotary Club of Florida and my publisher, Penguin Random House, are working together to turn How To Cheer Up Dad into the World’s Largest Children’s Book. And everybody thought it would be a great idea to have a little fun as we get ready for the unveiling on May 16, 2015 […]

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How to Make Someone Fall in Love (with your Manuscript)

I once heard from a well-published illustrator that if he’s going to work on a project, he has to fall so deeply in love with the manuscript that it becomes part of him–almost as if he had helped write it. As a young illustrator, the notion seemed impossible. I was reasonably certain I’d never encounter […]

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Little Jumbo to Hang Out with Society of Illustrators

Holy Cannoli! So I saw where a bunch of my fellow illustrator friends were to be represented at the 2014 Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibit in New York City in October. (And to see Mike Curato win the Founder’s Award… Whaaa?! Go Mike!) Anyways, I sent myself a reminder for this time next year […]

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The Writing Process – Author Blog Tour

The first time I met author/illustrator/artist/awesome human being Janeen Mason, we were both sitting in the back of the room at an SCBWI conference. I think we ended up shooting spitballs at each other before it all said and done. And needless to say, we became great friends. She tagged me for this blog post; […]

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A Star from Kirkus!

How To Cheer Up Dad has nabbed its second starred review, this time from Kirkus, the notoriously exclusive review company. This is reason to celebrate! In Koehler’s picture-book debut, Little Jumbo repeatedly tries the patience of his dad but then does his best to make everything better. Before the story starts, readers know that Dad […]

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See You in the Funny Papers

The Lakeland Ledger did an awesome profile of Fred and the story of how How to Cheer Up Dad came to be. There are some great photos too! Check it out online here: Read the full article

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How To Cheer Up Dad Receives First Starred Review!

The American Library Association’s Booklist has given How to Cheer Up Dad a starred review in the March edition. Woot! Woot! The expressive illustrations set the tone for this story demonstrating filial challenges and ongoing love. From the book jacket onward, Little Jumbo, a lively young elephant, is into or on top of everything, including […]

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Publisher’s Weekly Review of How to Cheer Up Dad

A spirited elephant is on a mission to improve his father’s mood—after having sorely tested his patience—in Koehler’s jaunty and smartly constructed debut. Dad’s day starts off badly when he puts raisins in Little Jumbo’s oatmeal. “He should have known what a mess that would make,” reads Koehler’s sly text, as Little Jumbo pea-shoots raisins […]

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