Introducing Adana the Earth Dragon – The Small Brown Dragon Who Can Do Big Things


This is Adana. Adana is an Earth Dragon and Adana is very sad. The other dragons don’t want to be her friend. Adana thinks it’s because she’s “small and brown and boring.”

Adana the Earth Dragon will be released to the world on Earth Day – April 22, 2018. I’m so excited about this one. I wrote the story several years ago but only recently found my awesome illustrator, Tina Wijesiri, who brought my little dragon to life.

The book is now available on presale directly from me for $15 including shipping. You can also pick up a companion coloring and activity book for just $5 more and for another $5 I’ll even throw in a copy of Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip. All signed of course.

Adana the Earth Dragon  Adana the Earth DragonColoring Book Cover Front Esmeralda_Grunch_and_Cover_for_Kindle

Order your copy today and I promise you will have them before release day.

Prefer to read on Kindle? Preorder your Kindle copy here.

Add Adana the Earth Dragon to your Goodreads TBR list.



Calling All Picture Book Writers

Do you write picture books? Then I have an offer especially for you. This April I want to feature your picture book on this blog in a special feature, “Picture Books from A to Z”.

Here’s the deal: on April 22nd – Earth Day – I’m going to be releasing ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON. This is a story about a small brown dragon that can do big things. It’s been illustrated by Tina Wijesiri, the same awesome artist that brought Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip to life.

I want to tell the world about Adana, and here’s where you come in. Fill out the handy dandy form below and promise to share ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON on your social media (newsletter, blog, FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc) and I will feature your picture book on this blog on one day in April.

P.S. If you want a sneak peak at the cover for ADANA, click on the form.

Want a signed copy of ESMERALDA GRUNCH AND THE RED TULIP or CECILIA’S TALE? I can do that. Click here for details.

Esmeralda_Grunch_and_Cover_for_Kindle  Cecilia's Tale Front

Giveaway – Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip


Hey folks, want to win a signed paperback copy of Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip? Hop on over to Goodreads to enter this giveaway. (Giveaway open in the US and the UK)

And be sure to add the book to your TBR list.

Want to purchase a signed copy? I can do that.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip

by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Giveaway ends December 16, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Kitties and Fairies – A Paperback Sale!

Hi everyone – I’m really pleased to announce that I now have paperback copies of both of my picture book titles now available for sale just in time for the holidays. Choose from my kitty story – Cecilia’s Tale with illustrations by Victoria Szulc



Or the story of a cheeky fairy and her friend – Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip.



Each book is $15 including shipping or pick up both titles for just $20.


This offer is good in the US, but I also have a limited number of signed copies of Esmeralda available to UK readers for just 10 pounds including shipping.


BONUS OFFER – All those who pick up a copy of either title will also receive a free copy of the wonderful audio book of Cecilia’s Tale recorded by the awesome British voice actress, Fiona Thraille.

Cecilia’s Tale

Hi everyone. A lot seems to be happening at once of late. I have another new release. Cecilia’s Tale started it’s life as a little story on a blog, Cici’s Place, I ran many years ago. The story was inspired by my real-life kitty, Cecilia T. Cat (or Cici for short) who found me and adopted me while I was living in Israel.

Cecilia’s Tale is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. It includes illustrations from a wonderful local artist and friend, Victoria Szulc.



Cap’n Rex – New picture book from Henry L. Herz


I was excited to receive this glorious new picture book from Henry L. Herz. Henry’s books are always a delight and this one is no different. I mean it has dinosaurs and pirates – what’s not to love!

In fact the dinosaurs are pirates on a quest to find treasure (but of course) steered by the wily Cap’n Rex they overcome a host of almost disasters and each crew member has their own special skill that helps along the way. My favorite of the dinosaurs was Pat, a long-necked dino of the kind I’ve always loved.

The story is delightful with an important message about sharing and Benjamin Schipper’s illustrations are first rate. There’s even a little pirate glossary at the end. Highly recommended for young children and the parents and educators who enjoy reading to them. Aaarrrrrrr.

Pick up your copy of CAP’N REX today in hardback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore or request a copy at your local library.

I was privileged to get to ask Henry a few questions about this and some upcoming books in the pipeline:


Tell me about your new book.

I’m very excited about my new picture book, CAP’N REX & HIS CLEVER CREW, coming out in August from Sterling (the publishing arm of Barnes & Noble). Captain Rex and his dinosaur pirates sail the seven seas in search of buried treasure. But whenever they hit an obstacle like a giant shark or pea-soup fog the crew members are quick to say they can’t overcome. To this, Captain Rex always glares with teeth bared and says, CAN’T YE?And, somehow, the crew always comes up with a clever solution. The book has already received positive reviews from Kirkus and Booklist.

Tell me about any future books in the pipeline.

Well, there are three picture books my agent is shopping around right now:

TOP OF THE HEAP – Barnyard animals debate who is the best animal on the farm. Each makes their claim, even Dung Beetle. In response to the others’ laughter, Dung Beetle takes a vacation. Eventually, they all recognize even tiny Dung Beetle’s important contribution. That’s how he rolls.

NEVER FEED A YETI SPAGHETTI – Two young goblin siblings throw their mom a monstrous birthday party. Despite their best efforts, things go further and further awry, thanks to the yetis. One should never feed them spaghetti.

(That one sounds oodles of noodly fun – DMK) 

ALLEN & ALIEN – Like many boys, Allen doesn’t like to eat his veggies, pick up his toys, or take baths. But he loves playing with his alien toys. When an indefatigably inquisitive alien drops in to study humans, the alien’s enthusiasm (even for the mundane) is infectious. Allen learns an important lesson about appreciating one’s blessings, while his parents are pleasantly surprised at their son’s new alien behavior.

And these three books are scheduled to be published next year:

HOW THE SQUID GOT TWO LONG ARMS (Pelican Publishing) – Ever wonder why two of a squid’s ten arms are longer than the others? A selfish squid is cold, so he swipes other animals’ clothing. Will he learn it’s wrong to steal in the end? This modern fable demonstrates you reap what you sow. It’s Kipling’s HOW THE RHINOCEROS GOT HIS SKIN meets Klassen’s THIS IS NOT MY HAT.

GOOD EGG & BAD APPLE (Schiffer Publishing) – Not all the foods in the refrigerator get along like peas in a pod. Bad Apple and Second Banana are at the root of the problem. The vegetables are steamed. Good Egg suggests his friends try different responses to the bullies, but his tactics don’t bear fruit, at first. Only by using his noodle does Good Egg save their bacon.

ALICE’S MAGIC GARDEN (Familius) – Alice lives in the dreariest boarding school in England. She pours her love and attention into caring for her little garden and its denizens. Unknown to her, these include a large caterpillar, gryphon, and a talking white rabbit. When Alice is in trouble, the magical creatures come to her aid. Love, it turns out, is magical. GARDEN FAE is A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE meets ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

(I look forward to this one. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was my favorite childhood read and I love any new spin on Alice. DMK)

Where can we learn more about your books?

At my website at and on Facebook at