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When A Dragon Moves In – the Graphic Novel? March 22, 2017

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Originally Published on March 21
Taken from Jodi Moore’s Blog

Today I received a truly splendiferous email. It seems a fifth grade teacher challenged her students to take a favorite story and turn it into a graphic novel.

And guess what?

*drum roll*

One of her students chose When A Dragon Moves In…and her mom not only shared it with me, but gave me permission to share it with all of YOU!

*Tigger dances*

Words can’t describe what an honor and a thrill this is. And so without further ado, it’s my privilege to share the work of this brilliant young artist:

(SPOILER – check out the alternate ending!!!)

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Sarah. Like Howard McWilliam (the illustrator for When A Dragon Moves In and When A Dragon Moves In Again), you’ve brought my characters, my vision – my dream – to life! You’re an inspiration to all of us, and we can’t wait to enjoy more of your talents!

Super School Visit March 4, 2017

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“Had the most splendiferous visit with the bright eyes & minds at Fairview Elementary in Bloomfield, NJ yesterday, sharing When a Dragon Moves In and When a Dragon Moves In Again. Warm squishy hugs & love to all the students, teachers, and of course, the library goddess, Nancy Clark!” -Jodi Moore, Author

When a Dragon Visits BookfestPA July 24, 2013

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Jodi Moore – author of When a Dragon Moves In – attended the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ Bookfest on July 13th, 2013 along with the dragon himself, made from recyclable materials by Jodi’s son, Steve.

Here are some pictures from the event!

Little Dragon fan

When A Dragon Moves In Takes the Cake! April 29, 2012

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In honor of International Edible Book Day, the Louisburg Library in Kansas held a book-themed cake competition, on April 1st. Rachel and Aiden Wood’s dragon cake, modeled after When a Dragon Moves In (written by Jodi Moore, illustrated by Howard McWilliam)landed first prize in the category of most artistic cake, as well as winning the People’s Choice Award.

Read more about When A Dragon Moves In here.

Jodi Moore on BlogTalkRadio February 15, 2012

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When a Dragon Moves In, written by Jodi Moore, illustrated by Howard McWilliam

Barbara Gruener, school counselor in Friendswood, TX, interviewed author Jodi Moore about writing When a Dragon Moves In. You can listen in here, and read Barbara’s review on The Corner on Character blog, here.

There’s a Dragon in Best Kids’ Books for Easy Gifting November 13, 2011

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When a Dragon Moves In, written by Jodi Moore, illustrated by Howard McWilliam

When a Dragon Moves In is included in Barnes & Noble’s Best Kids’ Books for Easy Gifting online store, as well as in their Picture Book Favorites online store.

Sandcastles and Dragons August 10, 2011

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This past Saturday, August 6, was a cloudy/overcast day in Amagansett, NY. Nevertheless, the East Hampton Sandcastle Contest had 88 groups enter the sand sculpting competition and spectators swarmed the area as if it were a sun-shiny day.

Copies of When a Dragon Moves In (written by Jodi Moore, illustrated by Howard McWilliam) were among prizes for select winners.  I guess it really is true… “if you build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in.”

Thank you to Rossetti Perchik and the Clamshell Foundation for all of their cross-promotional efforts.

Summer Reads for Kids July 31, 2011

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With at least one more month of beaching it this summer, check with Bianca Schulze’s post on suggested reads. When a Dragon Moves In  tops the list!

From When a Dragon Moves In, written by Jodi Moore, illustr. by Howard McWilliam

Dragon visits Kidz ‘N Kastles Sandcastle Competition at US Open July 27, 2011

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The Kidz ‘N Kastles Sandcastle Competition, sponsored and organized by the U.S. Open Sandcastle Committee and the Imperial Beach Optimists Club, took place Saturday, July 23, in Imperial Beach, CA.  Khari Johnson reported on the event in the Imperial Beach Patch.

Highlights:

  • About 20 teams competed in 15’x 15′ plots of sand; all team members were 12 years of age or under
  • Decorations were permitted but had to be biodegradable materials or things found at the beach, like seaweed or seashells. Food coloring was also permitted.
  • Each team of five was accompanied by an adult supervisor who was not allowed to assist in the construction of sand castles or sculptures.
  • Top placing teams won a trophy, a $10 savings account from North Island Credit Union, a gift card for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, a free haircut at the Hair Force Barber Shop, and a copy of the book When a Dragon Moves In, a story about a little boy, his sandcastle and a dragon.
  • Awards were presented by Miss Imperial Beach Meghan Sherman.

Congratulations to the winning teams in each category:

Sand Sculptures

1st Wave Riders
2nd Daialya Cub Pack #306
3rd Simply Awesome

Kastles

1st Sand Eggos Cub Scout Pack #306
2nd Griffins
3rd Sand Warriors

Creatures of the Sea

1st Speed Demons
2nd Sea Dragons 2
3rd Hammer Heads

From When a Dragon Moves In, written by Jodi Moore, illustr. by Howard McWilliam

When a Dragon Moves In to BookFest PA, a first-hand report by author Jodi Moore July 20, 2011

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Jodi Moore signing copies of When a Dragon Moves In at BookFest PA

I’m one of these people who just can’t wait to bite into the chocolaty center of a Tootsie Pop, the creamy middle of a sugary doughnut, the gooey core of a caramel bar. So imagine my reaction when I was offered the chance to participate in BookFest PA, a book festival tucked into the heart of The Central PA Festival of the Arts. Sweet!

And what do you get when you combine arts enthusiasts with avid readers? Some quite extraordinary people who, while varying in age, background, and interest, have come together to celebrate the power of the imagination.

Nothing short of a little slice of heaven.

Between 10 am and 5 pm on July 16, thousands of folks browsed the BookFest PA tent to share words and stories, and to meet some very talented writers and illustrators. (Yes, I was admittedly fan-gushy to be in such lovely company.) I’m thrilled to say that Dragon “moved into” many a new, loving home that day! There is nothing more heart-squishy than watching a child hug your book.

In addition, I was honored to present When a Dragon Moves In during a late morning story time inside Schlow Library. Our young audience became artists themselves, drawing pictures of their own “perfect sandcastles” – which I‘m sure are now proudly displayed on refrigerators across the nation! Each child received the highly regarded “Dragon” sticker for his/her work, as well as a bookmark. And of course, the Dragon himself made an appearance!

A standing ovation – and a ton of thanks – to the organizers and volunteers of this amazing event. This was only the second year for BookFest PA, but with the success and smiles it brought to so many, I know I’m not the only one looking forward to many more!

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