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Publication Order of Dinosaur Bob Books

A Day with Wilbur Robinson (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Life with Bob (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baseball Bob (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Guardians of Childhood Books

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core! (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rise of the Guardians: Made in the North Pole (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sandman and the War of Dreams (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack Frost: The End Becomes the Beginning (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Guardians of Childhood Picture Books

The Man in the Moon (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sandman (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack Frost (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Rolie Polie Olie Books

Rolie Polie Olie (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snowie Rolie (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Many Howdys? (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Spot of Color (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Polka Dot! Polka Dot! (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Be My Pal (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Olie (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stick with Olie (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spot (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Billy (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zowie (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stick or Treat (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleepy Time Olie (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peekaboo, You! (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zowie's 123 (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rocket Up, Rolie! (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rolie Polie Shapes (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big Time Olie (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Toothiana Books

A Tooth Is Lost (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Queen Takes Flight (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Panic Sets In (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Battle Is Waged (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Ollie's Odyssey (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

William Joyce’s Mother Goose (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
George Shrinks (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bently and Egg (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Santa Calls (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buddy (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mischievians (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Numberlys (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Billy's Booger (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scarecrow and the Nightingale (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

The World of William Joyce Scrapbook (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silly Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Reading Rainbow Books

Over the River and Through the Wood (By: Lydia Maria Francis Child,Christopher Manson) (1844)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kenny's Window (By: Maurice Sendak) (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crictor (By: Tomi Ungerer) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through Grandpa's Eyes (By: Patricia MacLachlan,Deborah Ray) (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Puppy Is Born (By: Joanna Cole,Margaret Miller,Jerome Wexler) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Have a Sister--My Sister is Deaf (By: Deborah Kogan Ray) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mummies Made in Egypt (By: Aliki) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eats (By: Arnold Adoff) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Could Be Worse! (By: James Stevenson) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just Us Women (By: Pat Cummings,Jeannette Franklin Caines) (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (By: Marc Simont,Karla Kuskin) (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Medieval Feast (By: Aliki) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery on the Docks (By: Thacher Hurd) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moon (By: Tracey Campbell Pearson) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Truck Song (By: Diane Siebert) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Days On A River In A Red Canoe (By: Vera B. Williams) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dabble Duck (By: Sue Truesdell,Anne Leo Ellis) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
George Shrinks (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Much Is a Million? (By: Steven Kellogg,David M. Schwartz) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maps and Globes (By: Jack Knowlton,Harriett Barton) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Paper Crane (By: Molly Bang) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lights! Camera! Action!: How a Movie is Made (By: Gail Gibbons) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shoes (By: Elizabeth Winthrop,Illustrated by William Joyce) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The lady and the spider (By: Faith McNulty) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Honey, I Love And Other Poems (By: Eloise Greenfield) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How a Book Is Made (By: Aliki) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Like the Music (By: Leah Komaiko,Barbara Westman) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale (By: John Steptoe) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bugs (By: Nancy Winslow Parker,Joan Richards Wright) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Read Signs (By: Tana Hoban) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Enchanted Hair Tale (By: Alexis De Veaux) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunken Treasure (By: Gail Gibbons) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Storms (By: Seymour Simon) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies (By: Ann Turner,James Graham Hale) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Galimoto (By: Karen Lynn Williams,Catherine Stock) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Many Stars in the Sky? (By: James E. Ransome,Lenny Hort) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sophie and Lou (By: Petra Mathers) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mrs. Katz and Tush (By: Patricia Polacco) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Home (By: Michael J. Rosen,Franz et al Brandenberg) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Water, Water Everywhere (By: Mark J. Rauzon) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mama Don't Allow (By: Thacher Hurd) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

It Was a Dark and Silly Night...(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

William Joyce is a children’s book author from Shreveport. He came to the attention of literary buffs when his animated short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” was the winner of the Academy Award in 2012. Joyce was born in 1957 Shreveport to a family of friendly Southern screwballs. He was born to an eclectic family of actors, artists, geologists, bongo players, opera singers, and photographers and legend had it that he came out of the womb with a pen in his hand. Right from when he was a preschooler, he showed an interest in creative pursuits as he voraciously consumed Maurice Sendak’s works. By the time he was in elementary school, he was making his own drawings. As a fourth-grader, he wrote his first piece a graphic picture book titled “Billy’s Booger” that he entered in a school contest. It told the story of a boy that was struck by a meteorite, which gave him super mathematical powers. His classmates loved the story and it earned him a visit to the headmaster’s office where he was feted. As a high schooler, Joyce worked for the Shreveport’s Byrd High School paper drawing cartoons. Through it all, his parents were very supportive of his artistic endeavors and enrolled him in art classes and ultimately at Southern Methodist University to study art.

Things turned sour for William Joyce when he enrolled in art classes at university as his teachers wanted to make him paint in an unfamiliar style. He quit art classes and majored in film and by 1981, he graduated with a bachelor’s in fine art in film and painting. His varied experiences in film and painting would be handy in his storytelling career as he worked in computer-generated imagery, picture books, movies, television, and chapter books. After graduating from college, he spent time in New York City but went back home to Shreveport where he got a job as an artist in residence at Centenary College. In 1994, he was awarded the contract to redecorate New York City’s Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas windows. In addition to his artistic works in architecture, he has also been the lead designer for many covers published by “The New Yorker.” He had grown his reputation throughout the 1980s and 1990s with the publication of several titles in “The Guardians,” “Guardians of Childhood,” “Toothiana,” “Dinosaur Bob,” and the “Rolie Polie Olie” series of graphic children’s picture books. The 1985 title “George Shrinks” would later be adapted into a cartoon on PBS that aired between 2000 and 2004. “Rolie Polie Olie” arguably his most popular work was made into a Disney distributed television series. In 1995, he was invited to work on “Toy Story” a collaboration between Pixar and Disney that was the first of its kind to be made purely with computer-generated imagery. This opened the doors to more opportunities where he worked in art design for the likes of Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, and Dreamworks.

In 2005, Joyce teamed up with Reel FX and launched the company “Aimesworth Amusements” that is focused on the production of books, video games, and feature films. The company is the producer of the feature films “The Mischevians,” “The Guardians of Childhood” among several others. The first project to be produced by the company was “The Guardians of Childhood” that is inspired by “Man in the Moon” a short film that he directed and the novels by the same name written by Joyce. In 2011 he got into another joint venture with several investors and established “Moonbot Studios” based in Shreveport his hometown. Outside his artistic pursuits, William Joyce is the founder of the Kratrinarita Gras Foundation, an organization established to raise money to help victims of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Joyce currently lives with his son in Shreveport.

William Joyce’s novel “Rolie Polie Olie” is the story of the life and times of a little boy. At the opening of the novel, Rolie wakes up and gets up to his usual routine. The author introduces his pet and family before Polie Olie and his family gets up to do their family chores. It is a fun time for the family as they have always loved working together. In the afternoon the family heads to the playground for all manner of fun, playing games. After a day well spent, and with everyone tired but happy, they finally head to bed. But there is one problem, Oli is full of energy and is not tired at all. Olie still wants to play something that upsets. However, they do not hesitate to send him to his bedroom right away. He has no choice but to head to bed though he misses his father and mother. Just as he is about to go to sleep, his mother and father come into his room. He says he is sorry for his behavior and they tuck him in so that everything can be all right once again. The tale ends with the entire family getting up the morning of the following day.

“Snowie Rolie” the second novel of the “Rolie Polie Olie” series by William Joyce is set in a fantastical land where Olie lives with his sister Zowie. They love snow but it hardly snows in their land and hence they spend their days wishing for snow. Their prayers are answered when the sun’s light bulb goes out one day and they are inundated with snow, which makes them happy and excited. They waste no time as they are out of the house in no time to build their snowman whom they name “Snowie.” They are having a lot of fun with the snowman until a new light bulb is found and the sun begins to shine brightly once again. Their snowman is in danger of melting and they decide to relocate him to the land of Chillsville where the risk of melting is minimal. It is a story of friendship farewells, friendships remembered, lost, and found.

William Joyce’s “Sleepy Time” Olie opens to Rolie sad that the day that has been full of fun is over. But he can still look forward to his father coming into his bedroom to read him a story and tuck him in. But there is something wrong this night as his father is nowhere to be seen. But then out of nowhere, his father appears and says that he had fallen and knocked his head on the pavement. The accident had taken away his smile that he now cannot unfrown. He immediately goes into his bedroom to lie down while Olie gets up trying to find a solution that will get his father back to normal. Some of the strategies he uses include coming up with some juvenile ideas such as bubbles, a book of jokes, and a hat, the combination of which finally starts to have an effect on his father. He is beginning to feel better that he is using words such as swirlish, smarvelous, and swonderful. At the end of the day, everything and everyone is happy and sleeping including his father and mother, the rocking chair, the house, and the moon.

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