Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, studied film and theater in college, and held a variety of jobs. Since 2004 he's been drawing pictures for a living, for such books as What Are You Waiting For? and Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook.

Books by the Author

If Wendell Had a Walrus

If Wendell Had a Walrus

Lori Mortensen; illustrations by Matt Phelan
Holt Books for Young Readers
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

In this heartwarming story about friendship and imagination, a boy named Wendell dreams of getting a pet walrus. Together, they’d ride bikes, tell jokes, and have a grand time. If only he could...

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What Are You Waiting For?
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What Are You Waiting For?

Scott Menchin; pictures by Matt Phelan
Roaring Brook Press
Roaring Brook Press

What are you waiting for?
Is it quiet?
Does it have wings?
Will I miss it if I blink?


Join a badger and a rabbit in this simple tale about the wonder of anticipation...

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Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook
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Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook

Ellen Potter and Anne Mazer, illustrated by Matt Phelan
Square Fish
Square Fish

LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE EXPERTS, FROM THE EXPERTS.

Practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers.

After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice,accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers. The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot,
make revisions, and overcome writer's block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.

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