Marc Schmatjen (pronounced ‘smidgen,’ as in, just a smidgen of this or that) was born and raised in Northern California, where he lives today with his wife Sandra, raising their three boys - two of whom are semi-normal, and one who is a total nut bar.
Marc writes adventure books for children and family humor columns for adults.
The Sycamore Detective Agency series - Headquartered in the historic and mysterious farmhouse known as Barton Manor, nine-year-old Johnny Smith and his younger brothers Matt and Cooper secretly fight crime in Rocklin, California with the help of their adventure-loving grandfather.
The Very Sneezy Garbage Truck - Trash is flying all over Biggsville! Bobby the Garbage Truck can’t stop sneezing, and he and his friends don’t know why. They’re working together to get through the mess, but can Bobby and his buddies solve the mystery before the whole town is covered in trash? This wacky, diesel-fueled tale of municipal vehicle mayhem helps young readers understand the value of friendship, teamwork, logical problem solving, and most importantly, regular baths!
My Giraffe Makes Me Laugh - This magical, sing-songy rhyming book has been captivating children around the world with its fun, lyrical format, and whimsical storyline. (Around the world, in this case, means several metropolitan regions in the U.S., three kids in England, and one orphanage in Uganda.)
The Tree of Death, and Other Hilarious Stories - The first anthology of Marc's humor columns, which has been met with critical acclaim. "Funny enough to shoot beer out your nose," and "Don't read this while eating - you will spit out your food or choke to death on it from laughing," are just a few of Marc's favorite spontaneous (read: coerced) reviews from readers.
Just a Smidge (www.justasmidge.com) - One of the most popular weekly humor columns in America. Marc has been delighting his readers with his wit and incredibly manly outlook on life since 2008. His writing has been compared (unfairly) to that of world-class humorists such as Scott Adams, Erma Bombeck, and the venerable Dave Barry, and if any of them were alive today, they would surely contest the comparison. His columns have been published in newspapers and glossy magazines across the United States, and one dull magazine in Oregon.
You can email him at marcschmatjen@gmail