LOS ANGELES, 9/24/2014 -We're thrilled to announce that "Melvin Invents Music," our long-overdue follow-up to "Hubert Invents the Wheel," will be published on April 1, 2016, by CBAY Books in Austin, Texas. You can follow it on our new FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/melvininventsmusic

Get ready to ROCK -- Melvin-style!  



We recently returned from a six-month swing across the Lone Star State -- from El Paso to Austin, from Dallas to Houston -- telling thousands of students, teachers and librarians about Hubert and his madcap Mesopotamian misadventures.

In Irving, we were even the subjects of a little news story. You can watch it here.

Texas rolls out the welcome mat...

Claire goes on
a miniature
book-shopping spree
in Denton.

Moments before
another crash, this
time in Arlington.

A weathered
in Kyle.

A cool little
south of

Outside of
San Antonio
the locals
chow down.

Packing 'em in — a thousand kids in Forth Worth.

Riding into the sunset
on an onager (sort of)
in New Braunfels.


On November 6th, 7th and 8th, 2007, the renowned San Antonio Symphony presented a series of six young people's concerts based on "Hubert Invents the Wheel." Monte's original composition, the 'Hubert Overture' (Opus 1/2) kicked off all the shows, and the authors provided enthusiastic narration from the stage. Special thanks to General Manager David Filner, who chose the book and the music, and to ace conductor Ken-David Masur, who brought everything to life with his bouncing baton.

Laurie Auditorium: The first to arrive listen as the
orchestra tunes up

Claire, David,
Ken, and
Monte pose
for the press.

Cool! A standing ovation!


Cincinnati -- An article about the bumpy evolution of the Montgomerys' school presentation appears in the 2007-08 edition of "Children's Writers & Illustrator's Market." More at Amazon or Writer's Digest Books.

Austin, Texas, November 7, 2006. "Hubert Invents the Wheel" has been selected by the Texas Library Association as one of the twenty titles that make up the 2007-08 Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist. During the month of January, approximately 150,000 young Texans in grades three, four, five, and six will vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced in early April at the TLA's convention in San Antonio. Stay tuned! (Details at http://www.txla.org/groups/tba/index.html)

Los Angeles, August 7, 2006. Claire & Monte's school presentation took first place in the "SCBWIdol" contest at the annual West Coast convention of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. 43 authors from around the country performed 3-minute versions of their school or library talks, with the finals judged by celebrity authors Bruce Hale, Mo Willems, and Lisa Yee. The competition was tough, but the Montgomerys walked off with the top prize: a new notebook computer!

Hardcover / ISBN: 0-8027-8990-0 / Price: $16.95
192 pages / Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 / October 2005

Contact us for time and location of upcoming book signings.

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