Known for his offbeat style and sense of humor, Mike Reiss was the head writer and producer for The Simpsons for over 20 years. Winner of four Emmys, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus, and a Peabody Award for his work, Reiss is also an award-winning novelist, children’s author, and screenplay writer. He has published fourteen children’s books, including the popular How Murray Saved Christmas and Late for School. In addition, his caveman detective short story, "Cro-Magnon P.I.," won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Co-writer of The Simpsons Movie and Ice Age 3, his other credits include work on It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, ALF, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Reiss’s newest book, Just Too Cute! And Other Tales of Adorable Animals for Horrible Children, will be released in September 2010. For the Club Book events, Reiss will show clips from his animated work and discuss the difference in writing for print, screen, and television.
“Featuring a catchy cadence, rhyming tale and pleasingly exaggerated artwork... A surprise ending... wraps up this satisfyingly silly caper.” - Publishers Weekly
“A touching love letter to all the kids who wish they didn’t stand out quite so much.” - Publishers Weekly
“The best of the holiday buffoonery...clever enough for grown-ups and crazy enough for kids.” - San Francisco Chronicle