September Writers Coffeehouse discussion leader Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children, both solo and with sons Josh and Harrison. His latest picture book, Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew, debuted at Comic-Con International. Henry is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and reviews children’s books for the San Francisco Book Review and the San Diego Book Review. Tea Rex author/illustrator Molly Idle remarked on the tale of the dinosaur pirate crew, “Arrr, if ye be lookin’ for a rollicking read about pirate treasure and persistence, Rex marks the spot.”
Meet Captain Rex and his band of buccaneers. These dinosaur pirates sail the seven seas in search of buried treasure, but whenever they hit an obstacle--like a giant shark or pea-soup fog--the crew members are quick to say they can't overcome. But Captain Rex just glares and says, " CAN'T YE?" And, somehow, the crew always comes up with a solution. Then, suddenly, the tables turn . . . and it's Captain Rex who must learn to say: "I can!"
While delivering crab cakes to Grandma, who makes delicious krill cookies, a young cuttlefish encounters a dangerous tiger shark.
Little Mabel is an expert at not going to sleep. She knows all the best bedtime-avoiding excuses. "I'm thirsty." "I need to use the bathroom." "Will you tell me a story?" Luckily, Mom's quiver of bedtime tales includes the story of the Fae Queen, who paints children's dreams and can only visit when their eyes are closed. Inspired by Mercutio's soliloquy in Romeo & Juliet, in which he details how the tiny fairy queen influences people's dreams as she passes by in her flying chariot, the soothing story evokes images of an ant in a worn gray coat and a hazelnut-shell chariot with a roof of grasshopper wings. Told in lyrical language that adults will also appreciate, the story helps parents get their kids to sleep.