Tells us a bit about It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk and The Case of the Stinky Stench:

IT’S NOT JACK AND THE BEANSTALK is the story of Jack and the Beanstalk … but not really. Jack is not fond of the bossy narrator of his fairy tale! When Jack is told to trade his beloved cow Bessie for some magic beans, throw the beans out the window, climb the ENORMOUS beanstalk that sprouts overnight, and steal from a GIANT, he decides this fairy tale is getting out of control. In fact, he doesn’t want to follow the story line at all. Who says Jack needs to enter a life of daring, thievery, and giant trickery? He takes his story into his own hands—and you’ll never guess what happens next!

THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH is the second adventure in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series. There’s a stinky stench in the fridge–and our favorite foodie friends must solve a smelly mystery! Sir French Toast’s nephew, Inspector Croissant, begs him and Lady Pancake for help in finding the source of the foul odor. Could it be the devious Baron von Waffle? A fetid fish lurking in the bottom of Corn Chowder Lake? There will be no spoilers here! You’ll have to read the book to find out!

What are three things your protagonist is grateful for, and why?

Jack is most thankful that the narrator of the story did NOT get their way. He’s also become rather fond of beans. And lastly, he’s really gotten into rock climbing – and climbing of all sorts. Maybe being told to climb that beanstalk had some benefits after all.

As the author, what picture book are you thankful for?

I’m thankful for 7 ATE 9 by Tara Lazar & Ross MacDonald. It’s full of humor, puns, and especially numbers. As a software engineer and coder, I’m a big fan of numbers!

Please share one person that’s made a big impact on your picture book career.

There are so many people! It’s hard to choose just one. Today I’ll go with author & professor of children’s literature Anna Staniszewski. She’s been a great friend and critique partner and has given excellent and timely literary and career advice. She also writes awesome picture books like DOGOSAURUS REX and middle grade novels like THE DIRT DIARY Series.

What are you hopeful for in 2018?

I am hopeful that we see more and more books published that are written by underrepresented voices so that all children are able to see themselves represented in books.

Thanks Josh! Tara’s 7 Ate 9 and Anna’s Dogosaurus Rex are also part of our #Thankful4PBs picture book giveaway this year. You can enter to win through the month of November!

Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as books – such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series (including The Case of the Stinky Stench and the upcoming Mission: Defrostable), It’s Not Jack and the BeanstalkDear DragonPirasaurs!, and the forthcoming Albie NewtonHow to Code a Sandcastle (in conjunction with Girls Who Code), Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude (in conjunction with the New York Public Library), It’s Not Hansel and Gretel, and more coming soon!

Josh is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA and was the co-coordinator of the 2016 and 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conferences.

Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes manuscripts.

Josh is terrible at writing bios, so please help fill in the blanks. Josh enjoys _______ during ________ and has always loved __________. He has played ____________ since age __ and his biggest fear in life is being eaten by a __________.

For more information about Josh Funk, visit him at www.joshfunkbooks.com and on Twitter at @joshfunkbooks.

"A surprising gem." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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