Sunday, November 30, 2008

Introducing ...


Run, run, run, as fast as you can, you can't catch me ...
I'm the marshmallow man!

I'm happy to introduce my upcoming book, THE MARSHMALLOW MAN. It's a silly new twist to a classic old story. Follow the little old lady and all her hungry friends through the forest as they chase the mouth-watering man made from marshmallows. Will it end like all the others?

I was inspired to write this last year after the boys and I finished a week long study of The Gingerbread Man. Over the week we read 5 different versions of the story, including The Gingerbread Boy, The Gingerbread Baby and The Cajun Gingerbread Man. The boys compared the stories and did some fun projects to go with it. At the end of the week they made their own gingerbread men cookies. This got us talking about other versions and THE MARSHMALLOW MAN was born!

Stephen Macquignon is illustrating the story and he's given me permission to show you his first sketch of the little guy. Isn't he absolutely adorable? Stephen is a wonderful illustrator who has just recently finished another book called Angeline Jellybean, written by Crystalee Calderwood. It should be released soon, so I hope to have a review shortly. Stephen did a fantastic job illustrating it, so I was thrilled to have him bring THE MARSHMALLOW MAN to life. This book will not be out until late 2009 or 2010, but I couldn't wait to share it with you. It will be published by 4RV Publishing, LLC.

Run, run, run, as fast as you can, you can't catch him ...


  1. Congrats on Marshmallow Man!!! The illustration is adorable! I know I will be wishing for Marshmallow man to get away from all those who want to eat him...grin...


  2. Thanks Brenda! I'm so fortunate to have such great illustrators working on my stories. I hope to share more about this one along with the Dilly series and my other ones about animal groups soon.

    4RV Publishing has some amazing illustrators and I know they're going to have some awesome books out soon, as well as the ones they already have.

  3. Congratulations, Rena! It looks like 2009 and 2010 will be busy. How exciting!

  4. He is adorable Rena! I'm getting excited to see all of your books!


  5. Congrats!

    Might I recommend Lisa Shulman's The Matzo Ball Boy? Funny stuff.

  6. That is SO cool, Rena! I bet it is fun for you to see your Marshmallow Man come to life on paper! Sounds like a cute story!

  7. A definite congratulations on your many upcoming books!! I love the idea of chasing something delicious and edible. Way to be inspiring and creative!! (And thanks for visiting my blog and my website! It totally made my day!)

  8. The Marshmallow Man is a cute variation of The Gingerbread Man, and Stephen has a knack of taking stories and making them unique.

    Rena is one of our most promising children's authors, and she has three excellent illustrators doing her books.

  9. I can relate to this version sooo much more because I love marshmallows - never was big on gingerbread.


  10. They are so darned cute Rena. I can't wait for your books to come out. How exciting!


  11. Hi Rena. Just want to say thanks for following Ugly Rabbit and to wish you all the best with the Marshmallow Man!

  12. Congratulations on your story! I love how the story came from a project with the kids.

    I tagged you today...

  13. CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming book!! The art looks great too :)

  14. OHHHHHHHH!!! REna! That's wonderful! What an adorable idea, and what cute pictures! I just started a "to be released" section on my blog sidebar. I'll add your right away so I don't let it slip my mind, and I'll update the date when there's something more concrete! Yay!

  15. Thanks for all of your comments everyone. I'm really excited about this book and I know Stephen Macquignon will do an awesome job with it.

    Thanks again!

  16. I'm late to this, but wow! Congratulations! And the Marshmallow Man is so cute! Can't wait to see it in print!

  17. Congratulations Rena - the Marshmallow man looks great! It is so nice to see your dream becoming a reality - you deserve it!

    But now I am hungry for marshmallows so I have to go!
    hee hee