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Matthew Swanson

Biography

Matthew Swanson

Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr are the author/illustrator, husband/wife duo behind TEN THOUSAND STORIES (Chronicle Books, 2013) and more than 60 illustrated books for children and adults. They run two small publishing companies and a letterpress shop out of their home/barn/studio in Maryland, teach and speak on creativity and collaboration, and have three small-but-obstreperous children.

Matthew Swanson

Books by Matthew Swanson

written by Matthew Swanson with illustrations by Robbi Behr - Children's 9-12, Family Life, Fiction, Humor, Mystery

When a baffling mystery strikes Tiddlywhump Elementary, sibling detectives and absolute opposites Moxie and Milton McCoy are on the case. Moxie's friend Emily has received a suspicious letter signed with nothing but a sinister purple squiggle. Then more letters arrive. Milton and Moxie are the perfect problem-solving team...if only they could get along. When their partnership falls apart, Moxie races to identify the mysterious Squiggler first --- while learning the hard way that two McCoys really are better than one.

Written by Matthew Swanson with illustrations by Robbi Behr - Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Humor, Mystery
Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world’s greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie the Owl, Moxie is on the case --- but she’s forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away. Moxie must interview her classmates --- both as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can’t save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie’s little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he’s a good listener. 
Written by Matthew Swanson with illustrations by Robbi Behr - Children's 4-7, Fiction, Picture

The baby can't stand on one foot. He can't throw a Frisbee. And he can't whistle! Even big-head Benny Hogarth can whistle, and he already lost his front teeth! So says a spunky little girl who thinks her new baby brother is ruining EVERYTHING: wrecking her room, drooling all over her toys and throwing a wrench in her birthday party plans. But when she opens her heart, this big sister realizes she might be the real problem --- the baby's just a baby, after all. Maybe all he needs is a better big sister.