ST. LOUIS, MO—Reedy Press is pleased to announce the release of its newest local interest book, Missouri Weird & Wonderful, by Amanda E. Doyle and Dan Zettwoch.

Missouri Weird and Wonderful is a fast-paced, fact-filled collection of the most fascinating parts of life in our state, with a kid’s-eye point of view. Learn the many wild nicknames of our famous native amphibian, get an appreciation for how radical Scott Joplin’s ragtime music was in the early 1900s, and discover the entire branch of medicine that was born here.  

Sports, history, wildlife, food, inventions, architecture, natural wonders, and just plain fun come to vibrant life in these richly illustrated, full-color pages. Author Amanda E. Doyle and illustrator Dan Zettwoch scoured the state, from border to border, to find these nuggets for curious kids of all ages. Find out how much MO you know!

Missouri Weird & Wonderful is available wherever books are sold beginning October 15.


Missouri Weird & Wonderful

by Amanda E. Doyle and Dan Zettwoch

ISBN: 9781681064826

hardcover, 9 x 12, 48 pages



Amanda E. Doyle is a Midwestern transplant who finds intrigue and adventures large and small from her home base in St. Louis, MO. She’s the author of 9 books, from neighborhood guidebooks to a history of the civil rights struggle in St. Louis. She enjoys off-the-beaten path museums, spending a few hours at the coffee shop, and dragging her kids on research adventures. Find more about her work at AmandaEDoyle.com.

Dan Zettwoch is a cartoonist, information designer, and printmaker in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to many self-published zines and handcrafted mini-comics, his books include Birdseye Bristoe (Drawn & Quarterly), Amazing Facts & Beyond (Uncivilized Books), plus Science Comics: Cars and Science Comics: Bridges (First Second). His goofball illustrations and jam-packed diagrams have also been seen in the Missouri History Museum, the State Capitol Museum, and in homemade screenprints commemorating local birds, baseball, and strange foods. Find him at zettwoch.com and @danzettwoch.


Book Launch party: Sunday, October 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Royale, 3132 S. Kingshighway

Games, music, live drawing demos and Missouri-themed drink specials.

Christopher’s Gifts: Saturday, October 21, 1 p.m. – 3 pm.

127 E. Argonne in Kirkwood

Missouri History Museum Halloween Party: Thursday, October 26, 4:30 p.m. -7 p.m. An interactive station with a fun Missouri map game will be part of the museum-wide Halloween celebration. 

Along with traditional book-signings and author talks, this book has its own game show. “Do You Know MO?” will travel to area schools and institutions like the Missouri History Museum, to give young readers a taste of the magic of Missouri…and see if they can answer the most challenging trivia questions! It all happens behind real podiums, with real buzzers, wacky show hosts and music, and more. (Schools can also request a free curriculum guide that illustrates the state educational standards met by the book’s content.)


My name is Richie and I am a 40 year old father of two, a daughter and son. I am married to a beautiful woman named Destiny. She is the foundation of our family, and without her, none of this would be possible. During the day I work as a network security administrator for a local school district. At night I can be found illustrating books, working on websites, or creating music, but more than likely though I am spending time with my kids.

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