Who Lives Here

The Little Crooked Cottagers are four children's book authors—Anika Denise, Jamie Michalak, Kara LaReau and one dapper pig: Mr. Pig. Something like fate brought us together. Fate, and living all together in one teeny tiny state. Something else brought us together, too. A love of of our jobs, and of most anything that's a little crooked.

Mr. Pig is an internationally acclaimed children's book character, best known for his role as Pig #3 in the classic story The Three Little Pigs. He's been appearing in children's books since he was just a piglet. Mr. Pig made his debut as the Little Pig who wee-wee-wee'ed all the way home in the beloved This Little Piggy Went to Market. These days, Mr. Pig is the executive producer, writer, and host of the hit talk show Mr. Pig Live! 

Anika Denise is the author of Pigs Love Potatoes, Bella and Stella Come Home and Baking Day at Grandma’s (Philomel). She has several more coming soon, including a rhyming tale of vroom and doom titled Monster Trucks, illustrated by Nate Wragg (HarperCollins 2016), Starring Carmen, illustrated by Lorena Alvarez (Abrams 2017), and The Best Part of Middle, illustrated by her husband Christopher Denise (Christy Ottaviano Books 2018). Anika and Chris live in Rhode Island with their three kids, overgrown vegetable gardens, pesky squirrels and a slew of imaginary friends. Visit Anika online at anikadenise.com and on Twitter @AnikaDenise.


Anika's Books
Baking Day at Grandma's
Illustrated by Christopher Denise
Philomel, 2014
ISBN 978-0-3992-4244-1

Three bear cubs tromp through the snow for a special baking day with their grandma.

"This gentle story will leave children feeling warm and fuzzy. . . perfect for individual sharing, storytime, baking time, and pretty much any time."—School Library Journal

Bella and Stella Come Home
Illustrated by Christopher Denise
Philomel, 2010
ISBN 978-0-3992-4243-4

A lively and charming tale about moving, bravery, friendship, and most of all, feeling at home.

"A splendid marriage of words and pictures". —Kirkus Reviews 
Pigs Love Potatoes
Illustrated by Christopher Denise

Philomel, 2007
ISBN 978-0-3992-4036-2

A charming, classic counting book, full of picture-perfect pigs and pleasing rhyme.

“Even after youngsters are adept at counting to 10, they'll find much to cherish here.” —Publishers Weekly

  * For more about Anika's books, visit her website at www.anikadenise.com

Jamie Michalak is an author and former children’s book editor. She has written more than twenty-five books, including the Joe and Sparky series, So You Want to Catch Bigfoot?, and The Coziest Place. She also writes the “Martha Speaks” PBS Kids! chapter books under the name Jamie White. Jamie grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts in a neighborhood where Dr. Seuss once lived. She now resides in Barrington, Rhode Island with her husband and two sons.

 Jamie's Books
Joe and Sparky Go to School
Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Candlewick Press, 2013
ISBN 978-0-7636-6278-3

The endearing and mismatched pals accidentally latch onto a big yellow bus and leave the cageless zoo for their first trip to school.

"Perfect for the newly independent reader and makes a fine bridge from Amelia Bedelia to Ramona." —The Horn Book, starred review

Joe and Sparky, Superstars!
Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Candlewick Press, 2011
ISBN 978-0-7636-4578-6 (hardcover); ISBN 978-0-7636-6059-8 (paperback)

The unlikely duo return in a very funny tale of friendship, derring-do, and the discovery that, bold or shy, anyone can become a superstar.

A Bankstreet Best Book of the Year

"This warm buddy story is just about perfect for new readers . . . This little treasure is one that will get passed around." —Kirkus, starred review

Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels
Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Candlewick Press, 2009

ISBN 978-0-7636-3387-5 (hardcover). 
ISBN 978-0-7636-4893-0 (paperback)

• A Kirkus Best Children's Book of the Year
• A Chicago Public Library Best Children's Book of the Year
• A Junior Library Guild Selection

“Children . . . will laugh out loud at the innocent assumptions Joe and Sparky make as they explore the world outside Sparky's shell. Utterly charming!” —Kirkus, starred review

So You Want To Catch Bigfoot?
Illustrated by Mark Fearing
Candlewick Press, 2011
ISBN 978-07636-5550-1 

Let's go Bigfooting! This valuable field guide contains everything you need to know about the furry fugitive, including tips on trapping and releasing your specimen.

"Bigfoot enthusiasts rejoice!" —Children's Literature

* For more of Jamie's books, visit her website at www.jamiemichalak.com

Kara LaReau was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her Masters in Fine Arts in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and later worked as an editor at Candlewick Press and at Scholastic Press. She is the author of Snowbaby Could Not Sleep, illustrated by Jim Ishikawa; the Rocko and Spanky stories, illustrated by her sister, Jenna LaReau; and Ugly Fish, Rabbit and Squirrel, OTTO: The Boy Who Loved Cars, and Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story. Kara lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and son and their two cats.

Kara's Books
Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story 
Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Roaring Brook Press, 2011
ISBN 978-1-5964-3483-7

Poor Mr. Prickles was very lonely-until the day he met Miss Pointypants. Could she be the perfect prickly companion? 

“Young audiences will be amused by the humorous character names and pun-filled text.” —Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

Otto, The Boy Who Loved Cars
Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Roaring Brook Press, 2011
ISBN 978-1-5964-3484-4

Otto loves cars more than anything else in the world. But that all changes when he awakes one morning to find that he has somehow turned into a car.

"A winner, whether sharing with a group or in a one-on-one setting." School Library Journal

Ugly Fish
Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Harcourt, 2006
ISBN 978-0-1520-5082-5

Ugly Fish is ugly and big and mean, and he won't share his driftwood tunnel or his special briny flakes with anyone. 

"While not for the faint of heart, this book will appeal to many kids; they'll thoroughly enjoy its humor and shock value. School Library Journal

Rabbit & Squirrel: A Tale of War and Peas
Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Harcourt, 2008
ISBN 9780152063078

Rabbit loves her garden. Squirrel loves his. But then their delicious vegetables begin disappearing. And they have only each other to blame . . . or do they?

"A lighthearted look at conflict, this story provides numerous opportunities to discuss the best methods of coping with a variety of circumstances, from being a good neighbor to avoiding jumping to conclusions."  Children's Literature

* For more of Kara's books, visit her website at www.karalareau.com