Thursday, October 31, 2013


by Gracie

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


by Isaac

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Kit Fisto
by Elijah

Monday, October 28, 2013


by Lily

Not sure what the story is here, but clearly there is one...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fuzzy Pizza Productions

Here are some videos the Z-kids have made over the years on their book review blog Bookie Woogie:

Grace Lin's "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon"

Lloyd Alexander's "The Black Cauldron"

Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad"

A behind the scenes look at the making of "Frog and Toad"

Here's Isaac's original free-styling harmonica score for "Frog and Toad":

And here's their newest: a mashup of E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" and Spider-Man

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Woogie of the Bookie

Here are a few favorite pieces of artwork that the kids have recently shared at their other blog Bookie Woogie:

by Gracie, inspired by "Ollie the Purple Elephant"

by Isaac, inspired by "Blue Chicken"

by Elijah, inspired by "The Prairie Thief"

by Gracie, inspired by "Fashion Kitty"

by Lily, inspired by "The Monstore"

by Isaac, inspired by "Grandpa Green"

by Lily, inspired by "Grandpa Green"

by Gracie, inspired by "Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters"

by Elijah, inspired by "Giant Dance Party"

by Gracie, inspired by "The Watcher"

Stop by Bookie Woogie for lots of book related fun!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

a boy, a bear, a girl

Here are a few random drawings by Lily that I've saved.  They way she draws, it looks like she's creating actual characters with real personalities...


Wednesday, October 23, 2013


These are the type of awesome people Evangeline would draw last year...




Friday, August 30, 2013


Paper Roses
by Gracie

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Panda Hot Tub
by Isaac

more fun pen work, more cool lettering...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


by Elijah

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Highly Collectible

It's the 400th post on Chicken Nugget Lemon Tooty!  And in sticking with tradition, today I'm sharing just a few cards from our full-to-bursting Packs of Family Trading Cards.

"Family Trading Cards? What are those?" you might ask.  Years ago -- 7 or 8 years perhaps -- our family started making our own Trading Cards and swapping them amongst ourselves.  And we still do it to this day.

Here's how it works:  every so often, Dad cuts up paper into uniform rectangles and hands out 5 or 6 blank cards to each member of the family.  The cards can then be filled with anything.  Absolutely anything.  No rules.  All the completed cards get returned to Dad who shuffles them and randomly passes them back out.  And the trading begins!  It's fun and furious as everyone scrambles to wheel and deal for the day's favorites.  It gets quite competitive.

Everyone has their own pack of cards they've collected over the years, all of which by now contain hundreds upon hundreds of cards.  They are highly treasured.  And it's always fun to shuffle through the collections to see how everyone's drawing skills have developed over the years. 

Here is a sampling of recent cards we've created:

 by Elijah

 by Lily

 by Gracie

by Isaac

by Mom

by Dad

This is the 6th time I've shared a peek into our Trading Card packs.  If you'd like to see all the Trading Card posts, just click: HERE

Monday, August 26, 2013

Middle Earth

We read through Lord of the Rings together as a family a little while ago.  As she sat and listened night after night, Gracie often drew pictures of the way she imagined Tolkien's characters...
Here are a few:


an Ent

an Entwife

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Creepy Beastie
by Elijah

Saturday, August 24, 2013


by Evie

Friday, August 23, 2013


The Wasp
Redesign by Gracie

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Two Sheets

 You know it's a big guy when he takes up two pieces of paper... 

Tall Monster
by Elijah

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Self-Portrait - 2013
by Lily

This is becoming a great series: click for earlier self-portraits

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Robot Monster!!!
by Isaac

Isaac really enjoys playing around with lettering now...

Monday, August 19, 2013

Viking Garb

Meg the Viking
by Lily

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Twisty Little Tree
by Isaac

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Flower Power

Flower-Headed Girl
by Evie, at age 4

Friday, August 16, 2013


Ninja taking a Fire-breathing Dinosaur for a Walk
by Elijah

Possibly the most awesome-ever picture ever drawn ever.  Ever.