Adam Rex

Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, the middle of three children. He was neither the smart one (older brother) or the cute one (younger sister), but he was the one who could draw. He took a lot of art classes as a kid, trying to learn to draw better, and started painting when he was 11. Later he got a BFA from the University of Arizona, and met his physicist wife Marie (who is both the smart and cute one).

Adam and Marie live in Tucson, where Adam draws, paints, writes, spends too much time on the internet, and listens to public radio. Adam is nearsighted, bad at all sports, learning to play the theremin, and usually in need of a shave. He can carry a tune, if you don't mind the tune getting dropped and stepped on occasionally. He never remembers anyone's name until he's heard it at least three times. He likes animals, spacemen, Mexican food, Ethiopian food, monsters, puppets, comic books, 19th century art, skeletons, bugs, and robots.

His first picture book, THE DIRTY COWBOY by Amy Timberlake, was published by FSG in 2003. His picture book FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, a collection of stories about monsters and their problems, was a New York Times Bestseller. 2007 saw the release of his first novel, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY. His second, a book for teens and adults called FAT VAMPIRE, will be published in July 2010.

Garlic and crosses are useless against Adam. Sunlight has been shown to be at least moderately effective. A silver bullet does the trick. Pretty much any bullet, really.

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XO, OX: A Love Story Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626722880
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 3rd, 2017

The hilarious tale of an ox who is in love with a gazelle, told in correspondence.

Chu's First Day of School Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062223975
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Published: HarperCollins - June 24th, 2014

Chu, the adorable panda with a great big sneeze, is heading off for his first day of school, and he's nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him? What will happen at school? And will Chu do what he does best?

Chu's First Day of School is a perfect read-aloud story about the universal experience of starting school.

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ISBN: 9780062060099
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 10th, 2015

And lo, a hero will come, as the Prophecy has foretold.

And lo, he will be strong, and beautiful. Or she. He or she will be strong and beautiful, keeping in mind that words like these are hard to pin down. Like maybe the hero is beautiful on the inside or something? The Prophecy doesn't say exactly.

And yea, in the twilight of whatever year this is, the chosen one will arise and slay the Great Dragon, and release the Sugar Zombies from their enchantment, and thwart the Lady of the Lake in her plan to tear a door in the universe. The Prophecy says all this and more.

I don't have it with me; I can show it to you later if you want.

But lo! Lo, it is written that there shall be a handsome knight! And a time-traveling Merlin! And a stouthearted leprechaun! And a girl possessed of a frightening genius. And a boy who once won a second-place ribbon for apple carving at the Delaware County Fair, children 5-8 division. Though he was technically nine.

Read on, seeker of truth! Read on!

Moonday Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423119203
Availability: Backordered
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 3rd, 2013

What do you do when the moon lowers itself into your backyard?
When mornings are replaced by perpetual night,
and people sigh-sleep in their eyes.
What do you do when the tide comes in,
and all the neighborhood dogs won't stop howling?
You take the moon for a ride.
Adam Rex creates a fantastic tale that is both imaginative and beautiful; one that blurs the line between dreams and reality.

Unlucky Charms (Cold Cereal Saga #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062060068
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 7th, 2014

Scottish Play Doe and his friends may have escaped from the clutches of the evil Nimue, but they're not out of the woods just yet.

The Goodco Cereal Company's quest to take over the world is quickly gaining momentum: it has already started to sell cereals containing the magical chemical Intellijuice and, what's worse, has kidnapped one of the world's most important public figures, the Queen of England, and replaced her with goblin impersonators.

When Scott and the others learn that Goodco is holding the real queen captive in a magical other-England, they decide to pass through a rift in the time-space continuum and rescue her--and hopefully convince the faeries to stop the invasion that will bring about the end of the world as they know it.

Chu's Day Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062017819
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Published: HarperCollins - January 8th, 2013


Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze.
When Chu sneezes, bad things happen.
Will Chu sneeze today?


Cold Cereal (Cold Cereal Saga #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062060037
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 8th, 2013

Scottish Play Doe--aka Scott--is used to being a little different. Sometimes he hallucinates things no one else can see. Mermaids. Unicorns. A talking rabbit-man in tweed pants.

But then one of these hallucinations tries to steal Scott's backpack, and he comes face-to-face with an honest-to-goodness leprechaun named Mick who's on the run from, of all things, the Goodco Cereal Company.

With the help of their friends Erno and Emily, Scott and Mick uncover Goodco's sinister plans--and take the first steps in saving the world from the evil cereal company.

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ISBN: 9780061920929
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Published: Balzer + Bray - July 26th, 2011

Doug Lee is undead quite by accident--attacked by a desperate vampire, he finds himself cursed with being fat and 15 forever. Then he meets the new Indian exchange student and falls for her--hard. Yeah, he wants to bite her, but he also wants to prove himself to her.

The True Meaning of Smekday (The Smek Smeries #1) Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786849017
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 5th, 2009

Fully illustrated with photos, drawings, newspaper clippings, and comic sequences, this original debut novel by a noted illustrator is a hilarious, perceptive, and genre-bending story about a 12-year-old girl who writes an essay six months after an alien race has taken over Earth.

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ISBN: 9780547850627
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 21st, 2012

In a wickedly funny follow-up to the bestselling "Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich," Frankenstein is determined to marry his undead bride in peace, but the other monsters--and even Edgar Allan Poe--are preventing that from happening.

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ISBN: 9780152058173
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 2007

Laughs, jokes, and surprises abound in this graphic picture book about a feisty, all-too-helpful little girl and her role in aiding and abetting zoo-animal shenanigans.

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ISBN: 9780547576831
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2011

Nineteen hilarious poems delve into the secret lives of Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bigfoot, Godzilla, and others.