Hmmm…it seems information about the new doll (and…ahem…my books) is leaking pretty fast, now. Maybe even officially. Once the blank covers went up on amazon with my name attached, speculation bubbled that the doll of the year would be African American. Okay, well, I did grow up in Ethiopia. I’ve been tickled pink–as my grandmother would have said–to be able to connect to Ethiopia with my books. In fact, I’m super proud that TROUBLE, originally published by Harcourt, got made into a bilingual Amharic-English book this fall, thanks to Ethiopia Reads, the nonprofit I’m semi-obsessed with. But any artist has to root around and keep digging to come up with fresh material. When I was seven, I knew I wanted to be an explorer and not bored or boring. I guess that’s still what I want. On with the adventure!