Category Archives: Guest Authors

“Whatever Weather Would I Have” Puppet Show with Tasha Paley

Author Tasha Paley loves every season, but when the autumn equinox danced into Bank Street Bookstore, she just had to come along. Tasha visited the Yippee Skippy Puppets to share her book “Whatever Weather Would I Have If I Could Rule the Weather?”. With help from the puppets and audience, Tasha spun her wonderful tale of the surprising delights brought about by changing weather patterns and pleasures.

“Not the Quitting Kind” Puppet Show Special with Sarra Roth

Author Sarra J. Roth joins the Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater for an Ogre-rific retelling of The Three Little Pigs and a special reading of her debut children’s book Not The Quitting Kind.

Performed 5-12-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteer: Rebecca Migdal. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera by Nere Kapiteni.

Fractured Fables with Special Guest Benjamin Chaud

Author-Illustrator Benjamin Chaud joins the Yippee Skippy puppets for a bear of a time with a special Fractured Fables event. After a wolfish puppet retelling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Benjamin delights the audience with a drawing demo while Chelsea Camp reads his beautifully illustrated children’s book The Bear Song.

Benjamin Chaud has illustrated an impressive number of picture books, including the Pomelo The Garden Elephant series. He lives and works in Paris, France.

Performed 4-27-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteers: Rebecca Migdal and Chelsea Camp. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera by Nere Kapiteni.

Hansel & Gretel: The Great Pachyderm Escape

Siblings Hansel and Gretel find themselves in quite a predicament when they are abandoned in the woods. They stumble upon a house made of delicious treats and the sweet old owner invites the starving children in. However, the darling granny turns out to be a witch who wants to make them her next meal. When the witch has an elephant-sized oven incident, Hansel and Gretel see their chance to escape.

Performed 4-20-14 at Bank Street Bookstore. Puppeteers: Rebecca Migdal. Accompanist: Andy Laties. Camera by Nere Kapiteni.

Jonathan Bean Presents “Big Snow” and The Frogherd Who Cried Wolf

Bonus Post!

Author and illustrator Jonathan Bean visits the Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater for a whole lot of winter fun! Jonathan gets some holiday gifts from Ninja Monkey and Mousey, reads his picture book “Big Snow” and creates a winter wonderland with help from the audience.

Meanwhile, a wily Frogherd makes false accusations against a wolf who definitely does not eat frogs. But what, or possibly whom, might the wolf eat instead?

Improvised Saturday, December 21 at Bank Street Bookstore. Camera by Nere Kapitani.

When Kayla Was Kyle

Special guests, author Amy Fabrikant and illustrator Jennifer Levine, perform a puppet version of “When Kayla Was Kyle”, a picture book about a girl who used to be a boy.

In the introduction, children create a puppet named Heehoo, and then Heehoo performs as the country cousin in an improvisational parody of “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.”

Later on Heehoo and Amy have a conversation about being different.

With Andy Laties and Rebecca Migdal of Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater. December 8, 2013

Recorded at Bank Street Bookstore.