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Cleveland Ohio Book Tour

By |February 10th, 2015|Syndicated Content|

I had a wonderful opportunity to do a 10-day promotional book tour for my third Children’s Picture Book “Work, Dogs, Work: a A Highway Tailâ€. Thanks to Cleveland State University’s Center for Excellence & Innovation in Education I was able to visit...

New Ad for Publisher’s Weekly

By |December 11th, 2013|Uncategorized|

I've been working on a little animated GIF ad for Publisher's Weekly. I'm struggling to get the file size down to an acceptable number without sacrificing the image quality too much. I think I'm losing the battle...Hopefully they won't notice that...

Is it any good?

By |December 5th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Great review from Common Sense Media for Build Dogs Build. It's always nice to be compared to the classics!"James Horvath has another hit read-aloud with BUILD, DOGS, BUILD. As in his first book, Dig, Dogs, Dig, Horvath leads readers through ...

School Library Journal Review

By |December 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|

Just received a great review from School Library Journal.

HORVATH, James. Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail. illus. by author. 40p. HarperCollins/Harper. Jan. 2014. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780062189677.

The canine crew from Horvath’s Dig, Dogs, Dig (HarperCollins, 2013) is needed again, this time on a demolition job, so foreman Duke and his enthusiastic pack head downtown. There’s an old building there that has to come down to make way for new high-rise homes at Bark Avenue. Their wrecking ball crashes into the structure with a gigantic “BOOM.” The yellow bulldozer clears “piles of rubble, and/bricks and concrete/without any trouble,” while the red and blue dump truck hauls it all away. 

Working dogs deserve a treat, so they grab a quick snack at the “R-Coach,” which features hot dogs, corn dogs, chili dogs, and the like. The work isn’t finished yet; there are trenches to be built for pipes and drains, a foundation to pour, girders to weld, and cables to run. The afternoon break involves a good game of fetch before installing the finishing touches on the interior. All in all, the penthouse, with its terrace and pool, is perfect, and tomorrow the mutts are off to another job. 

Horvath’s cartoonlike illustrations were created digitally, and the dogs are reminiscent of a beloved old Saturday-morning character, Augie Doggie. Youngsters who can’t get enough books with pictures of heavy equipment will be attracted to this one. Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA

Best Books of 2013

By |November 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|

A friend just sent me a great link to Atlanta Parent Online. They selected Dig, Dogs, Dig for one of their "Best Books of 2013" in the preschool to Elementary category. Thanks Atlanta, I've just selected you as "One of my Favorite Cities"! Here's ...

Build, Dogs, Build Giveaway on Goodreads!

By |October 16th, 2013|Uncategorized|

It's getting closer to the release date for Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail. So I set up a Giveaway on Goodreads. I'll be giving away 5 signed and personalized copies of the new book once it releases in December. So follow the link and sign up for a chance to win a copy of my next book!