Susan Stevens Crummel
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About Susan Stevens Crummel
Susan Stevens Crummel, in collaboration with her sister, Janet Stevens (Caldecott Honor Medalist for Tops and Bottoms), has written several children’s books including New York Times Best Seller "Help Me, Mr. Mutt!" (winner of the 2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award and named one of Time Magazine’s Best Children’s Books for 2008), "Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!" (2001 Texas Bluebonnet Award), "And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon" (2002 ALA Notable Book, 2003 Colorado Book Award, 2004 California Young Reader Medal), "Jackalope" ( 2004 Storytelling World Award, 2004 IRA Children’s Choice Award), New York Times Best Seller,"The Great Fuzz Frenzy" (NCTE Notable Book and winner of ten 2007-2008 state book awards.
She has also written picture books illustrated by cut-paper artist, Dorothy Donohue, including "City Dog, Country Dog", featured at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC., and the "Ten-Gallon Bart" series. Susan had some firsthand experience before writing "Ten-Gallon Bart". As a high school teacher in Texas, one of her extra-curricular duties was sponsoring the rodeo club. Little did she know she'd have to ride a steer in the sponsor's rodeo. "As I clung to the beast's gigantic horns, I decided that the following year, I'd go back to coaching the math team!" she said. Susan also likes to tell stories about her great-great uncle Harvey Doyle, an expert rider and trick roper in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in the early 1900s. Susan and Dorothy have a new book coming out in the fall of 2012--"Sherlock Bones and the Missing Cheese".
Susan travels over 50,000 miles a year speaking at schools, conventions, and workshops throughout the United States. She shares her love of writing with over 100,000 students from coast to coast. In 2005 and 2006 she was invited by Laura Bush to read at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
Susan grew up in a Navy family, living throughout the United States before coming to Texas Christian University where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Her Texas heritage reaches back to the 1800’s when her great-great grandparents settled near Kerrville. Her parents, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins still live in the Hill Country on various family ranches. The setting of Tumbleweed Stew is a Texas ranch called the “Two-Circle” Ranch--a take-off on the Double Circle Ranch owned by her grandfather.
After college, Susan remained in Fort Worth where she began a teaching career that spanned 30 years. During this time, Susan taught 19 different subjects in math/science/computer fields at 5 different schools--both public and private. Her last twenty years of teaching were at Fort Worth Country Day School.
So with this technology background, how did Susan begin writing children’s books?
Fifteen years ago, Janet asked her to help write a story involving shoes and a mouse. "Shoe Town" was the beginning of a collaboration that has bridged the many miles between Fort Worth and Boulder, Colorado, Janet’s home. As sisters, they share the same sense of humor and enjoy the many hours they spend creating stories to make children and adults laugh.
Susan is married to Richard Crummel, Superintendent of Schools in Burleson, Texas. She has three grown children--Christie, Jason, and Courtney; three grandchildren—Sophia, Matthew, and McKinley; and one feisty cat-- Tweeter, supreme ruler of the universe.
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The frenzy that erupts threatens to tear apart the prairie-dog town forever. But when mean ol' Big Bark is kidnapped after taking all the fuzz for himself, the prairie dogs come to the rescue and remember the true meaning of community.
You see, the jackalope didn't start out with horns. First he was a plain old hare. You know, a jackrabbit. The horns came later, along with a corny fairy godrabbit and a cranky coyote. And the trouble those horns brought--hoooo-wee!
With a gut-busting brew of sassy storytelling and outrageous art, Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel finally give the jackalope his due. After all, he's long been part of American legend--isn't it time to tell the real story?
Vincent van Dog and Henri T. LaPooch are two very different dogs. When Henri visits Vincent in the country, he finds it a little too slow for his taste. And when Vincent travels to the city to visit Henri, the noise and bustle overwhelm him. It looks as if their friendship is doomed—until the two agree to meet somewhere neutral—at the beach! This bright, humorous book is a thoroughly original spin on the Aesop’s fable, “The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse.”
Ten-Gallon Bart is bored, bored, bored…until Buffalo Chip’s Wild West Show rolls into town. Dog City’s hero is sure he can win the Bull Riding contest and become the star of the show! But there’s a BIG problem. He has to ride the notorious Crazy Bull. And there’s an even BIGGER problem. Crazy Bull is downright lazy. He sleeps all the time! If Bart wants to ride him, he has to wake him. In the end Bart solves the dilemma—and has the wildest, woolliest ride of his life! Dorothy Donohue’s intricate, cut-paper illustrations bring this Western romp with Bart, Miss Kitty, Wyatt Burp, and the rest of the gang to an outlandish finale.
A fast-paced chase across town…
The sun hasn’t even risen, yet the mouse is awake, the cat’s awake, the dog’s awake, and soon they’re joined by a dogcatcher, a bank robber, a policeman, and a grocer in a wild chase that takes place all in one hour! In this zany race against time, the minutes tick away as an hour passes. A simple, cumulative text and bright, cut-paper illustrations make this action-packed story a winner.
“What’s that smell in the Dell? It comes from a cheese, a great big cheese, a smelly, scrumptious cheese, if you please, made from the milk of a cantankerous cow—oh, wow! The one-horned, two-eared, three-legged Cowabunga!”
But the Cowabunga cheese has gone missing, and Sherlock Bones is on the case! That brainy bloodhound must use all five of his senses to track down the thief.
Children will have fun following the clues in this roll-off-your-tongue read-aloud inspired by the popular children’s song “The Farmer in the Dell” and illustrated with Dorothy Donohue’s lively signature cut-paper artwork.
It’s tongue-hanging-out hot, hot, hot in Dog City and Ten-Gallon Bart is downright miserable…until he sees an advertisement for chilly Alaska in Barker’s Weekly. He decides to head north, even if it means saying good-bye to his friends and taking a train, stagecoach, and boat to get there! When Bart finally arrives, he’s ready to fish, sled, and dig up some gold. But Alaska is COLD, and Bart gets in over his head when the worst storm of the century buries all but his ten-gallon hat. All is not lost when Bart’s pals follow his trail and rescue their favorite dog. Paired with the wonderful text are Dorothy Donohue’s detailed cut-paper illustrations, making this wild, wacky vacation romp the perfect package!