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Pen Avey

their very own design on the cover. It’s a pretty terrific prize.” For more details on the contest and how to enter, visit commondeerpress.com/cosmic-creativity. For more information about Pen Avey and Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent, visit Dear-Earthling.com. Readers looking for a pen pal of their own will find Dethbert’s email address on the site. “I have a feeling that Dethbert would love to hear from other earthlings,” says Avey. “Who knows? You may even get a letter back from him.”

“As a parent and a grandparent, I know how it feels when you’re reading a book to a kid and you both think it’s funny. It’s such a magical moment when you have a good giggle together. That’s what I want to replicate with my writing. There’s enough serious stuff out there today. I only want to write funny stuff.”

One aspect of Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent that Avey particularly labored over was getting the pacing for the chapters just right. “Each of the chapters is very short,” she says. “I think children, and the adults who are reading to them, like to have nice short chapters so you never have to stop in the middle of one. In this book, the chapters are nicely spaced. I’m a big advocate for reading at bedtime and I think it’s a lovely way to end the day, stopping at the end of a chapter and looking forward to hearing the next chapter the next night at bedtime.” According to Avey, plans are in the works for at least one more Dethbert book to be published. Between now and June 30, Common Deer Press is holding a contest for artistic earthling children between the ages of 8 and 12 to design a cover for Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent. “There will be a winner from the U.S., one winner from Canada, and one from the U.K.,” says Avey. “They’ll each win five copies of the book with 40

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