Q is for…


Okay, I realize it’s bad form to start with an aside, but can we just quickly talk about how adorable this little illustration is? ADORABLE. I love the idea that knitting is a quirky, but also spy-worthy, skill. My very first career aspirations included Spy, you know.

So. Secret Agent Josephine is the secret identity of author Brenda Ponnay–or possibly Brenda Ponnay is Secret Agent Josephine’s secret identity, I’m not entirely sure which. :)

Brenda has written and illustrated three awesome children’s books: Secret Agent Josephine’s ABCs, Colors, and Numbers. They’re available as paperbacks and as digital books for on the go.


I have the Kindle versions, which of course show up black and white on my old-school Kindle (I didn’t buy Colors for obvious reasons), but even without the cute, quirky colors the books look fantastic. Tell the man standing on the corner that the oyster owns a fine wristwatch.

I adore Brenda’s artwork almost as much as I adore her. I’ve read her blog for years and years, since before we both became moms, and Sam and Bug have played together a few times. Combine that with Sam’s current obsession with counting, and you can probably imagine how excited I was to be asked to participate in this book tour!

I love these books. LOVE THEM! Sam and I read Numbers together, and he was very into the counting part, but the spy stuff went a little over his head. Oh well, I bet by next year he will be way into it–or Grace will! They both love the ABCs already, and I’m going to get a print copy of Colors for them.

I’ve got three treats for you! One, a video of Sam counting.

He was busy playing Zelda on the 3DS, hence the attitude that he is clearly doing me a FAVOR, I mean GOD, MOM. If only I’d given him my Kindle instead! (The video may take a minute to load. You can view it on flickr if it doesn’t cooperate here.)

Two, a mystery! Can you name my stealthy assistant?


She is in disguise, so don’t feel bad if you don’t recognize her.

Three, a chance to win a print from Brenda! Comment here by December 14 and you could win an 8×10 art print of Q is for Quetzel from Secret Agent Josephine’s ABCs. Yay!

13 thoughts on “Q is for…

  1. Katherine

    December 7, 2011 at 11:35am

    He counts like a mo’fo! I love Little Miss’s Attitude Glasses!

    Those books look like a great Xmas gift… People should definitely buy them for the small humans in their lives.

  2. Robin

    December 7, 2011 at 12:05pm

    The Quetzal Q page is so cute!

  3. Jennifer

    December 7, 2011 at 12:30pm

    I can’t wait to get these for my kids. Your stealthy assistant is too cute! :)

  4. Becca

    December 7, 2011 at 12:49pm

    I’ve got the Colors book in route for a Christmas gift for my aspiring childrens book author. I’m so excited for it.

  5. Carolyn Lopez

    December 7, 2011 at 12:56pm

    I love the letter Q! It’s the first letter of my son’s name, Quinn. :)

  6. Christa

    December 7, 2011 at 2:51pm

    This art print is so cute. I have my own little Q, born in August.

  7. MargieK

    December 7, 2011 at 2:56pm

    I’m glad you didn’t ask us for our favorite (animal, food, person…) that starts with “Q!”

    I agree with everyone about the books! I haven’t been reading Brenda’s blog as long as you, but I remember when she was “BabyBug” (and probably a little over a year old).

    I ordered a set of books for my nephews and one for my grandson. I am so tempted to keep my grandson’s books at my house, so that I can enjoy them.

  8. KarenG

    December 7, 2011 at 2:58pm

    I love Q as well. My own little Q was also born in August, but 14 years ago! She is also a Quinn, but the girl Quinn!

  9. allison

    December 7, 2011 at 5:23pm

    Who IS that mystery woman? I am completely baffled.

  10. Jessica

    December 8, 2011 at 7:28am

    We love Secret Agent Josephine in our house! And OF COURSE knitting is a spy-worthy skill. You never know when you will need something woolly RIGHT AWAY. Like a beret. Or a scarf. Or fingerless mitts. All spies need these things.

    At least, according to my Secret Agent C they do.

  11. Nana

    December 8, 2011 at 5:06pm

    Nice, you get to include all your favourite things in one post! (well, most of them, I don’t see a reference to Will here…).

  12. Jenn

    December 9, 2011 at 9:51pm

    Wait, you *know* Secret Agent Josephine? I have been stalking.. er following her stuff for-evah! How much do I love the valentines she does?

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