Sneak Peek!

Hey a wonderful time at Capitol Hill Elementary, in Portland, OR, today. I read to all three first grades and gave them each a sneak peek at Gorillas Go Bananas.

Contact me if you’d like a school visit! I am currently booking for the fall.


Gorillas Go Bananas First Review

Kirkus wrote a fantastic review of Gorillas Go Bananas (Available August, 2018).

                            GORILLAS GO BANANAS by Patrick WensinkWensink and Wragg’s follow-up to Go Go Gorillas (2017) riffs neatly on the theme of the picky eater with a rhymed fable that’s a foodie fantasy. Bright dynamic illustrations, mostly full-bleed, crafted with acrylic and digital color swing through the jungle and the kitchen.

Little monkeys will enjoy the rhyme and maybe pick up some new food vocabulary…and so might their caregivers. 

Coming to Scholastic Book Fair


Incredibly thrilled to announce that Go Go Gorillas has been selected as one of the titles available at the Scholastic Book Fair for fall 2018. Our apes will be dancing their way into THOUSANDS of schools! Not only that, but it’ll be available in an affordable paperback format for the first time.

I haven’t seen a copy of the paperback yet and they haven’t printed up those flyers that go home with students yet, but you bet your gorilla-loving heart I’ll share them when I do.


I am incredibly geeked for another reason. I grew up in rural Ohio where my nearest bookstore was a 30 minute drive away. This was before Amazon or even the internet, so the Scholastic Book Fair was one of my few opportunities to buy new books as a child. I freaked out every time, planning my attack by circling titles I had to have and begging my parents for money.

I am still a little stunned that something I wrote now gets to be part of that magic.


Tree Salesman Re-Print


So happy that American Consequences has reprinted my story, “The Weird and Secretive World of Christmas Tree Salesmen.”

This is one of my favorite articles of all time.


American Consequences is a new magazine edited by the hilarious and insightful PJ O’Rourke, in case you didn’t know.