Welcome to The Toymaker’s April Newsletter!

Here today, up and off somewhere else tomorrow!
Travel, change, interest, excitement!

~Mr. Toad in The Wind in the Willows


The Toymakers' Around the World Tour!

"A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything." ~Laurence Sterne

The Toymakers are off on their around the world tour to find new toys. Where will they go first? Click here to find out!


(Computer Tip – If the new toys are not showing up on your screen, try hitting the refresh button on the browser bar. If that doesn’t work try emptying your cache.)


Small Dog Vs. The Pineapple of Doom

The Small Dog reviews Fruit, a book I engineered the pop-ups for last summer.
Prepare for maximum silly!


. If you know someone who likes Pop-ups or fruit you can buy my book here:




It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross



Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English
Main Entry:   opsimath
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:   a person who becomes a student or learner late in life
Etymology:  Greek 'late in learning'


Hello and hello!

Has it been two months since the last newsletter? Jeepers, where did the time go? I finished illustrating one book, started another and am working hard on getting my portfolio polished up. I have a literary agent now, and it's all very exciting!

I learned a new word this morning, "opsimath". It means someone who learns things late in life. Wikipedia defines “late in life” as after age eighteen, which I find a bit unsettling.

Now, I don't plan on using "opsimath" in casual conversation, but it's a wonderful idea, isn't it? Just think about being able to learn new things no matter how old you are! The Wonderhub is studying both classical and jazz guitar. I've been listening to BBC History podcasts as I draw. (I now know seven ways to siege a castle and a good deal more than I thought I wanted to know about Fleming and penicillin.) This new book I'm working on is about Madagascar and I'm getting to learn about all kinds of strange plants and animals like Coelacanths and Tomato Frogs. It's great fun.

What kinds of new things would you like to learn? What are you curious about? I encourage you to learn something new everyday.

Best thoughts,


"O terque quaterque beatum”
We are three or four times blessed.


" If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new." ~Voltaire


Play "Caption That Photo", see sketches from my new book on Madagascar, and after over twelve thousand positive emails see my first negative one...

Read it here....


And do say hello! I’d love to hear from you!



"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open."

~ Jawaharlal Nehru

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""Of cheerfulness, or good temper - the more it is spent, the more of it remains."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson