Kelly DiPucchio and Greg Pizzoli: All The Wonders, Episode 281

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Dragon Was Terrible

Kelly DiPucchio (@kellydipucchio) and Greg Pizzoli (@gregpizzoli), author and illustrator of Dragon Was Terrible, stop by the podcast to talk about making kids livid while reading aloud, a story beginning to tell itself, and being surprised by the voice that comes out while writing a first draft.

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Matthew Winner


Matthew Winner is an elementary library media specialist in Elkridge, Maryland. He is is the co-founder and content director of All The Wonders, a children’s literature website and more, and host of the Let's Get Busy podcast, a weekly podcast where Matthew talks to authors, illustrators, award winners, up-and-comers, and everyone in between. In 2013 Matthew was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was invited to the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. For more information, connect with Matthew on Twitter at @MatthewWinner .


  1. First, Matthew, I love the comparison to a “Rocky & Bullwinkle” short 😀

    I love fractured fairy tales and it makes me look forward to this book even more. The way you ended up as collaborators is very cool  It reminds of when you write from a “picture” prompt rather than from words.I love that you were shooting for “classic/vintage” picture book feel, Greg. And, Kelly, the voice of it sounds SO appealing. I can’t help but be curious about what “teepeeing” a castle is! 😀 The “taking candy from baby unicorns” is hilarious, and REVENGE OF THE BABY UNICORNS?! Lol

    The background on the cross-stitching adds so much to the appreciation of the cover 🙂 I am always blown away by all the “secret” details you include when you construct books!

    Kelly, the fortune cookie idea is just fantastic and I can’t wait to get a hold of EVERYONE LOVES CUPCAKE, too!

    Greg, you know I can’t buy ALL your books at once, so now I have to try to decide between THREE of your books (I have a few already, of course 🙂 ) when I see you in Princeton. How will I EVER do this? 😉

    And, Greg, I (and I’m sure everyone else on the planet) totally agree that Matthew has amazing “dead on” perception. He gets to the core and sees the stories so clearly!

    Thanks so much, everyone, for SUCH an enjoyable podcast 😀 Hugs all around!

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