By Barbara DiLorenzo

$17.99 US / $23.99 CAN

Quincy the chameleon just can’t seem to blend in. Will he ever find a way to embrace his uniqueness? Quincy wants to love chameleon school, but he’s not very good at blending in. No matter how hard he tries to stop it from happening, all of his thoughts keep popping up on his skin! In camouflage class, the leaves he’s supposed to blend in with remind him of rocket ships, so his skin changes to look like outer space. And when it’s Quincy’s turn to read his poem out loud, he realizes he has to pee—which the whole class realizes, too, when rolls of toilet paper appear on his skin! The only thing Quincy loves about school is painting during art class with his favorite teacher, Mrs. Lin. But can painting help him find a way to blend in?

Ten Day Countdown with Real-Life Stories About Trouble Blending In!
Home | Day 10 | Day 9 | Day 8 | Day 7 | Day 6 | Day 5 | Day 4 | Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1


Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
April 5, 2018 at 10am

Come hear author/illustrator Barbara DiLorenzo read from her newly released picture book, QUINCY: The Chameleon Who Couldn't Blend In (little bee books, 2018). She will share the bookmaking process, and draw for the audience. She will also share work from her first book, RENATO AND THE LION (Viking Children's Books, 2017). Audience members are invited to participate in an art activity at the end of the session. For all ages, but geared specifically for ages 3 - 7.

Labyrinth Bookstore
16 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
April 7, 2018 from 3 - 4 pm

Book signing & reading for the newly launched book–just a few blocks from the Arts Council of Princeton where Barbara is an art teacher and Outreach Program Coordinator.

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
April 8, 2018 at 4-6pm

Book signing & reading for QUINCY and Airlie Anderson's new book, NEITHER! Snacks and beautiful art to look at in this one-of-a-kind children's bookstore in the heart of Manhattan. Owned by Peter Glassman, this store features the best books, and original illustrations as well!

Little City Books
100 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
April 15, 2018 at 10am

Patricia Keeler and Deborah Cuneo join Barbara in this three-book launch! Pat, Deb and Barbara are critique partners, and are so excited to celebrate the release of their books together. Lots of shenanigans, sugary treats and laughs! Oh, and book readings and signings.

Farley's Bookshop
44 S Main St, New Hope, PA 18938
May 26, 2018 at 1 - 4pm

Sidewalk book signing at this beautiful book store in gorgeous New Hope, PA. Come celebrate warmer weather in this artisitic riverside community! Waiting to find out if sidewalk chalk is allowed for kiddos to draw Quincy's thoughts all over the block. Should be fun!

Shore Country Day School
Beverly, MA
April 25, 2018 in the morning

For students in 3rd - 5th grade, and any alumni or teachers in the area. Barbara will read from her books, share her journey to publication, and talk about what it was like to be a student at Shore from 1980-1990.


More venues to be added soon...

wavepaint @

I absolutely love to visit schools and talk about making and enjoying books! I'm flexible and eager to work creatively within your budget. Quincy makes a really fun vehicle for imaginative artwork with students. My favorite activity is to ask students to draw their own Quincy–and show what he is thinking.


Download your own high resolution blank Quincy here!


ISBN 9781499805420
Publisher little bee books
Page Count 40
Format hardcover
Subformat picture book
Age range 4-8
Pub date April 3, 2018
Pub season Spring 2018
Rights World


Please support your local bookseller! Some of my local shops suffer from folks who peruse their beautiful selection, then order online from a less expensive venue. With this set-up, many beautifully curated collections will fold without your economic support. Consider visiting your neighborhood store–or IndieBound online. Thank you for your book love and support!


Here are some in my neck of the woods:

25 Palmer Sq E
Princeton, NJ 08542

Labyrinth Books (NJ)
122 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ 08542

Farley's Bookshop
44 S Main St
New Hope, PA 18938

Newtown Bookshop
2835 S Eagle Rd
Newtown, PA 18940

The Clinton Book Shop
12 E Main St
Clinton, NJ 08809

The Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main St
Doylestown, PA 18901

Open Book Bookstore
7900 High School Rd
Elkins Park, PA 19027

[words] Bookstore
179 Maplewood Ave
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Moravian Book Shop
428 Main St
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Eleventh Step Books
31 Haddon Ave
Haddon Township, NJ 08108

Head House Books
619 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Joseph Fox Bookshop
1724 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Inkwood Books (NJ)
31 E Kings Highway
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni's Room
345 S 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hudson Booksellers EWR778/396
1180 McLester St Ste 3
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Hudson Booksellers EWR916/940
1180 McLester St Ste 4
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Hudson Booksellers EWR396
Terminal C
Newark, NJ 07114

Let's Play Books!
244 Main Street
Emmaus, PA 18049

River Road Books
759 River Rd
Fair Haven, NJ 07704