Welcome!

Calef Brown here.

Thank you for visiting polkabats.com, a site dedicated to my books and artwork.

Please browse around among the Dutch Wooden Sneakers and Tiny Baby Sphinxes. Beware, however, of pirates (with rabbits instead of parrots) waving carrots around.

Two things I like a whole lot: musical language and serious nonsense.

My first book– Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories was published in 1998 by Houghton Mifflin. People seemed to like it, and I very much enjoyed making it, so I have since written and illustrated many more. Please visit the books section of the site and peruse the page samples and reviews.

I also continue to create illustration for other venues, and my artwork has been
published in lots of magazines and used for murals, posters, book covers, and packaging.

Visit calefbrown.com to see more.

Since this is the About Me section of the site, here is some information about me:

I grew up in rural Vermont, upper west side Manhattan, row house Philadelphia, and suburban Boston.

Some of the first stories I wrote and illustrated concerned such subjects as a giant pile of stinky dead fish, people driving tables and bathtubs, tiny Vikings who live in cereal boxes and this one time when I got my tongue stuck to a freezer box.

I studied illustration at Pratt Institute and Art Center College of Design, but am a self- taught writer and poet.

Four of my books were written during trips to India, the southern part of the country being my favorite place in the world.

I live on the beautiful coast of Maine with my family.

These days i’m working on new books that will be coming out in 2015, as well as lots of other projects, including my biography.

Here’s what I have so far:

Chapter 1

I was born in a tree fort
in Shreveport Louisiana,
a breezy cabana
with one of those fantastic lawns–
the kind with gnomes
and plastic swans.