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Podcasts and Puppetry

Jason DeHart was kind enough to let me make a return visit to his podcast, “Words, Images, & Worlds,” and the interview is up NOW.

This time around, Jason and I talked about some of my more recent projects, like The X-Men Little Golden Book and my upcoming nonfiction book The Encyclopedia of Epic Myths and Legends.

And if you watch the video version of the interview via YouTube, you’ll see what this little blue puppet with the big sunken eyes has to do with everything.

Here’s Jason’s description of the interview: Prolific author Arie Kaplan talks X-Men ’97, Minecraft, Gilbert Gottfried, myths and legends, and much more!

That about sums it up.

You can see the whole interview below.

Check it out!


“Minecraft: Mobs in the Mansion” is out NOW!

Time is a construct. However, it’s OUR construct. (“Ours” as a society, I mean.) So as we use this imperfect system called a “calendar” to mark our time here on this tainted blue orb we call Earth, I wanted to wish all of you a Happy New Year!

And not to turn these totally warm and earnest new year wishes into a blatant narcissistic plug for a new project, BUT – how to say this non-narcissistically? – I have some news to share:

I wrote a Minecraft children’s book called Mobs in the Mansion, which was published today by Penguin Random House. It was illustrated by the amazing Alan Batson. Here’s the official publisher description of the book:

Journey into the world of Minecraft in this Step 3 Step into Reading, the only official leveled reader series based on Minecraft, one of the world’s best-selling video games!

Minecraft® is one of the best-selling video games of all time! And now learning to read has never been more fun for players of the game ages 4 to 7. They’ll get a great introduction to the game’s most mysterious biomes when two players, Emmy and Birch–and their tame wolf Byte–set out on an epic adventure to explore a dark Minecraft mansion!

And if you want to know more:

Check out the book’s page on the Penguin Random House site.

Check out the Amazon page for the book.

Last but definitely not least, feel free to check out some of the other books I’ve written for Penguin Random House.



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