Monday, March 16, 2009

Oh my - Pardners- I have been busy!

Howdy y'all! Sorry there has been a delay in my bloggin'! I have been a pretty busy little cowboy! We have a new book that is coming out in May and it is all about the Rule of Thumb for Going Green! It will have stickers and activities and teach my friendly readers about REUSING, REDUCING & RECYCLING! is a extra special "thumbs up" to those who follow my blog. Guess what? For a limited time - if you sign up for my FREE FAN CLUB at my website you get one of my classic hardback Thumbs Up Johnnie books for free! Simply go to the website and sign up...then you will get your free book in the mail! That is sure a thumbs up offer to my special fans!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Johnnie makes a new friend!

Well cowpokes...I have an excellent adventure to tell y'all about! Actually the adventure started when my pal and author of my books was out to dinner last night. Michelle Bain was out on the town for dinner and ran into a wonderful young cowgirl named Laura who is in first grade and loves to read. They became instant friends because they both love READING! Michelle showed Laura my new animated trailer on her Itouch ipod. Michelle asked Laura if she thought I was cute and she replied "NO...he is triple cute!" Needless to say- now Laura and I are going to be buddies too. I am sending her a set of my books and a plush toy of me so she can learn about all of my adventures. Thanks Laura for your kind review of my animation and declaring my new status..."TRIPLE CUTE!"

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Updates on Thumbs Up Johnnie Youtube!

Howdy there Pardners-
Thumbs Up Johnnie here and I have some exciting off the griddle! Our team here at Pixie Stuff Publishing (the publisher of my series of books) is proud to announce "STORY TIME with Michelle Bain & Thumbs Up Johnnie!" This series includes 7-9 minute videos where Michelle reads the books out loud and the pages of my books are animated and with sound effects so the listener can follow along. It is just like story time in a class room or right before bed but it is with Michelle's own added flavor of her voice for my stories. How exciting for one of our kiddos or fans to hear the author reading the story out loud right from their computer FOR FREE!

Simply go to and you will see our new addition! You cansubscribe to our channel (page) to make it easier to see our videos whenever you'd like. Make sure to rate the video and pass it on to your posse as well! Teachers, parents and grandparents alike will enjoy our "STORY TIME videos" as they are educationaland fun!
Just so you know- even though I am a cowboy...I consider myself on the cuttin' edge of technology! So now I have my own blog...follow my everyday adventures in Happy or creatin' a book with Michelle Bain & Lorenzo Lizana! It is sure to be a fun and creative ride! Check it our at !

Hats off to ya-
Thumbs Up Johnnie

Monday, March 2, 2009

Back at Pixie Stuff...

Howdy everyone...
Is anyone out there? Just givin' a shout out to my Johnnie fans who always give me two thumbs up! Well I am back at the creative mecca -Pixie Stuff Publishing (who publishes my series) office today helping Lorenzo (my illustrator) and Michelle cook up another exciting adventure! Looks like our next adventure is gonna be on GOING GREEN! In fact it is called RULES OF THUMB FOR GOING GREEN! We are so excited for it's will have stickers, coloring pages and even fun trading cards for our GREEN readers!
Keep smilin' and have a thumbs up day-
Thumbs Up Johnnie

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Happy Birthday from Lillian Pinky & Johnnie!

Hi there everyone...I have had such a wonderful weekend celebrating some good ole birthdays with friends of mine. L'il Pinky and I baked a red velvet cake for our favorite author's bday (Michelle Bain) this weekend and Buddy gave her a spirited horseback ride. Our whole posse is very excited about our new developments on our website.... that are coming up in the next week and also being in the modern age and having the help of our techie goddess- Adrienne Cornelsen CEO of Insite Interactive to bring me into this century's benefits of technology -for example she is helping us"blog and twitter!" (sounds like a line dance I used to do...) We are also really excited about the fun new stuff that we are positing on Youtube in the next week..."Story time with Michelle Bain" reading all of the fun adventures and animating the illustrated pages. FUN, FUN, FUN and a great educational tool! Stay tuned and you will get all of the new developments here- hot off the griddle!
Take care & Thumbs Up-