Lisa Wheeler, Lisa Rose, and Deborah Aronson on Sat., Nov. 12th!

Children’s Authors and Michigan residents Lisa Wheeler, Lisa Rose, and Deborah Aronson will be at Book Beat on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 from 1 to 3 PM.

Lisa Wheeler will be reading from The Christmas Boot, her classic holiday tale newly illustrated by Jerry Pinkney,  which is sure to be one of the holiday season’s standout children’s books. She will also be giving a “story behind the story” talk. Lisa Rose will be reading from her book, Shmulik Paints the Town. Deborah Aronson will be reading from her book Where’s My Tushy? and her new book, Dragons from Mars.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be able for purchase at the signing courtesy of Book Beat. For more information, to have a book held, or to have a book signed if you are unable to make the event, please call Book Beat at (248) 968-1190.

A poster for the event can be downloaded and shared here: wheeler-poster

christmasbootAs Hannah Greyweather walks through the woods near her home, she discovers a black boot. Her feet are cold and, since the owner is nowhere to be found, she sees no harm in trying it on. The boot fits surprisingly well! How nice it would be to have a second boot to warm her other foot . . . and one appears, magically. Toasty mittens and a snug cottage arrive just as mysteriously, making Hannah happy and warm. But one evening, the owner of the boot knocks on her door . . . and wants it back. Will Hannah be able to part with her marvelous find? And who is the bearded stranger at her door?

Gently told and exquisitely illustrated. . . Pinkney’s (The Lion & the Mouse) meticulously detailed art exudes old-world charm and is a splendid match for Wheeler’s (the Dino series) tender tale about taking only what one needs. Ages 4–8. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The original story flows like a folk tale, with a fine blend of dialogue and description. Dramatic tension and humor result from Hannah’s unfamiliarity with Santa, and children will enjoy being in on the identity of the red-suited visitor. Pinkney enhances the strong text with his delightful watercolor illustrations filled with homey details and swirling snowflakes. Both Hannah and Santa have ruddy complexions, and both seem like real people rather than storybook characters. An extra-large trim size, high-quality paper, and a thoughtful design add to the book’s overall appeal. A winner of a story with enchanting illustrations by a master.  Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

61q0zqfhwUL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Israeli Independence Day is coming up and the mayor is planning a celebration. He asks Shmulik to make a mural in the park, and Shmulik agrees. But he can’t decide what to paint! Maybe his dog, Ezra, can help!

“Shmulik is responsible for painting a park mural in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. The bearded artist heads to the park day after day with his dog, Ezra, but he puts off painting each time, opting to find inspiration in the clouds, trees, or a kitten’s purr. While Shmulik is mired in procrastination… Ezra, taking matters into his own paws, painting a garbage can, gazebo, and bench. After Shmulik takes a last-minute nap, he awakens to a complete mural—all thanks to Ezra. Echeverri’s bright splashes of color in a gray landscape emphasize the creativity that Ezra, at least, brings to the task… first-time author Lisa Rose hints at the value of doing the necessary work rather than waiting for inspiration to strike.”- Publisher’s Weekly Review

dragonmarsFor fans of Dragons Love Tacos comes a fun, silly picture book about some unexpected guests from space.

There’s a boy named Nathaniel who loves dragons—a ton! So he sends them an email and says, just for fun,“Dear dragons from Mars, I think you’re the best! Would you like to see Earth and stay here as my guest?”

Will the dragons receive it? Do you think they’ll reply? And what if the dragons decide to stop by. . . .


wheresmytushyIn one little town (it is sad but it s true),

The tushies left town without leaving a clue.

Told in playful rhyme, Where s My Tushy? shows just how difficult life could be if tushies decided to take a vacation.

Late one night, all the tushies in one unusual town disappear. It causes more trouble than anyone expects no one s pants fit quite right, and they can t take a seat. Will their tushies ever come back?

lisawheelerLisa Wheeler is the award-winning author of the dino-sports books. When she isn’t running around the country visiting schools, standing at podiums, and eating airport snacks, she resides in Michigan.



Lisa Rose lives near Detroit, Michigan. She likes to swim, practice yoga, and eat ice cream, but not at the same time. Shmulik Paints the Town is her first book.



Deborah Aronson is a prolific writer of clever stories in rhyme for picture books.  She is a retired social worker and lives with her husband in Bloomfield, Michigan.


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