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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Release News!

Very exciting news is afoot. This week marked the arrival of my official Advance Review copy (I tell everyone it's the only existing copy in the world, but I have a hunch that might be hyperbole). That means the official release date is now set - April 28!

Order your copy of Fibonacci Zooi today!
Of course, you can always to go right now and pre-order it. Their date shows April 10, so I don't know if they have some secret pipeline to book ordering (they ARE Amazon, after all) or if that's just when they start processing pre-orders. But either way, you can get your copy on order now if you like.

From Amazon, you have three options:

But if you would like to look at even more options, and maybe learn a little more about me, the supremely talented illustrator Christina Wald, or Arbordale Publishing, just click on the hyperlinks and they will take you where you want to go.

For an in-depth look at the writing process (for me at least), and how Fibonacci Zoo came to be, please read this interview (download, if you like!). I am in the process of setting up bookstore and school visits, so anyone wishing to schedule a time for me to come out and present the book, the Fibonacci Sequence in general or its many applications, or just to talk about the challenges involved in bringing a story from idea to the bookshelves, please just message me here, or visit my web site at Author Tom Robinson.

Finally, I want to announce that my first official appearance with Fibonacci Zoo will be May 5 at
7:00 pm at the University of Washington Bookstore (Bellevue site). The event is called Inside Story and it's sponsored by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I will have a short time to present my book and the story behind the story to teachers, librarians, booksellers, and anyone in the general public who is interested in new children's releases. I would love to see a lot of Fibonacci fans out!

Count on Fibonacci!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

What the Flock?!?

As we inch ever closer to the release of Fibonacci Zoo, this happened.

We were flocked by Young Life last night! Flocking is a fundraiser during which a 'flock' of flamingos (is that even the correct name for a group of flamingos? Hm....time to do a little research!) [Update - a group of flamingos is called, appropriately enough, a "stand".] is surreptitiously left on an unsuspecting family's front lawn, along with an envelope with information about what Young Life is all about, what they are raising money for (usually for sending kids to summer camp), and an invitation to pay (donate) to have the flamingos removed the following night. It's a fun, low-stress way to reach out to the local community, to educate folks about what Young Life stands for (I got my Young Life start in Kent, WA in 1984), and get the kids who will ultimately benefit from the funds raised out in their community.

But ... it seems they left the wrong number of flamingos (and, apparently, a small white dog that strangely resembles our dog Roxy). 

What's the correct number? If they had visited Fibonacci Zoo first, they would know. But you don't have to visit the zoo. All you need to do is read the book to find out! Coming next month. ‪#‎ArbordaleKids‬