About Matt Pelicano

Matt Pelicano was born and raised in Upstate New York.

He has written poetry, songs, and children’s stories since he can remember.

He lives in Greenville, SC with his family of people and cats.

Now Available!

"With Just An Empty Shoebox"

With just an empty shoebox, you could
make a ship to sail on; you could
climb on board as captain; you could
sail the seven seas.

For Ages 4-7

"Tabouli" - Coming 2019!

"Tabouli" is the true story of the real-life Medical Alert Dog from Greenville, SC.

Tabouli rises from tragic beginnings, up through the ranks of advanced training to become, not only Elizabeth's best friend, but her life-saving companion.
Scheduled for publication in 2019.


  • "With Just An Empty Shoebox"

    With Just An Empty Shoebox opens the lid and peeks inside a world of simple wonders and limitless creativity, in which dreams are stored away for a lifetime of happiness.
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  • "Philbert LaRue had a Hole in his Shoe"

    A Seussical, lyrical, rhymingly-rhythmical comedy of errors that begins with a hole in a shoe and ends when a wiser Philbert learns a valuable lesson.
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"Philbert LaRue had a Hole in his Shoe by Matt Pelicano begins with Philbert deciding to ignore the hole in his shoe. As the hole gets larger and larger, Philbert plugs it with his shirt, his cap and his...""

Linda Kelly
Author of Mice on Main

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Local children’s author, student illustrator bring clumsy character to life
by Melody Wright, Sept 13, 2018 | Photo by Will Crooks

Philbert LaRue’s journey begins with a hole in his shoe but by the last page ends with a valuable lesson. The clumsy 65-year-old man is trapped in a comedy of errors.

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"I wondered why I was chosen to review this children’s book. Then I remembered the pair of shoes (one with a hole) that have been riding around in the backseat of my car for months now. LaRue’s plight literally touched my sole.

Matt Pelicano authors this delightful tale, echoing Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein in his playful use of verse...

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"A delightful and hilarious book about the dangers of taking shortcuts in life.

I don't know what I loved more -- Matt Pelicano's Seuss-like rhymes or Ashley Spikings' perpetually surprised sun.

Philbert LaRue is a fun and funny character!"

Deb Richardson-Moore
Author of The Weight of Mercy
and the Branigan Powers mystery series


A Seussical, lyrical, rhymingly-rhythmical comedy of errors that begins with a hole in a shoe and ends when a wiser Philbert learns a valuable lesson.

“What a delight to read Matt Pelicano’s wonderful children’s story, “Philbert LaRue had a Hole in his Shoe.” It is a story with a playful rhyme and an engaging rhythm. I started to giggle as soon as I read the title and never really stopped until I reached the end. Pelicano’s point is made perfectly clear: that when we put off fixing a small glitch it can turn into a big problem. This story is a marvelously fresh approach to learning a very important lesson. Philbert LaRue does indeed rue the day he decides not to fix the hole in his shoe! A must read for adults and children alike.”

Susan Manchester, poet and artist

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