Nice review from Kirkus.

Author: Paul Meisel
Illustrator: Paul Meisel

Review Issue Date: March 15, 2013
Online Publish Date: February 27, 2013
Publisher:Holiday House
Pages: 32
Price ( Hardcover ): $None
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-8234-2743-7
Category: Picture Books
Series: I Like to Read


In this gem of an early reader, a cast of cavorting canines find more than they expected when they start digging—namely a scary bear, buried treasure, pirate ghosts and heavy construction equipment.

Meisel follows his first title in this series (See Me Run, 2011) by using the same dog characters and limited first-grade-level vocabulary for kids just beginning to read on their own. This time, the endearing dogs dig up a huge box buried in the sand after the bear chases them away from the forest. In a surprise twist that will tickle young readers, the enormous chest contains not gold coins, but the ghosts of pirates who chase after the dogs until one brave pup stands up to the ghosts with a big bark. But there’s another danger looming: the clawlike tines on the bucket of a tracked excavator appear to threaten the dogs, until excavator and dogs find that they can all dig in the sand together, side by side. Using just a few words and extremely short sentences, Meisel delivers a funny story with a real plot containing several surprises. His cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor with pen-and-ink and pencil details capture the canine personalities and create deliciously spooky (but not really scary) villains in the pirate ghosts.

New readers will dig this. (Early reader. 5-8)

The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg was named a Finalist book in the illustrated Children's Book category (Louis Posner Memorial Award) by the Jewish Book Council.

It was also awarded a Notable Book in the young readers category for 2013 by the Sydney Taylor Book Award Commitee (The Association of Jewish Libraries).

New book coming soon!


Running Dogs

Working on a little story I wrote with Holiday House. This is an unfinished sample.

The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories

I'm having a great time working on the illustrations for this book written by the talented author David La Rochelle. Three hysterical stories for two little ghosts who can't fall asleep. I'm working with the wonderful team of Lucia Monfried and Sara Reynolds at Dutton. Here are some sketches and a finish.