Illinois State Library

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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Laura Ripes  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Laura now lives in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Laura Ripes has been working as a voiceover talent (under the name Laura Russell) since 1990. She says tongue twisters before recording to help with her diction. She wrote this story so children could practice the tricky letter S and be entertained at the same time. She lives in Vernon Hills, Illinois, with her husband, their three daughters, and their chocolate lab puppy. This is her first picture book

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Spaghetti-Slurping Sewer Serpent
ISBN: 0761461019

Two Lions. 2012

Sammy Sanders can't sleep. He is 77 percent sure that a spaghetti-slurping serpent lives in his sewer. Sammy and his sidekicks his sister, Sally, and their slobbery dog, Stan set out to discover the truth. What Sammy finds is a surprise in this tonguetwisting mystery featuring the slippery letter S. The bright, fun artwork was created in colored pencil.

Speaking Engagements

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