Some news that makes me happy

I'm in the midst of a trip to New York with two fellow writers, and at the start of a lovely lunch with my editor Arthur A. Levine, I got some terrific news: He's chosen an illustrator for The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy.

I've swiped this image from Israel's site, where you should go to check out more of his work. I've never met him, but he won the grand prize for the portfolio he showed at the 2009 SCBWI conference in Los Angeles and I couldn't be happier to get to work with him.

I can't wait to see how the illustrations turn out. They're due in a year, so I'll have to be patient. But I truly don't mind, as it lets me extend my excitement about this book for a nice long time.

Meanwhile, I'm working on two more picture books I love just as much. So stay tuned for news about those. And if you have a moment, check out the Arthur A. Levine website for this season's new books. I just finished Plain Kate by Erin Bow. It's unbelievably good.