Author Photo

Fowler DeWitt (Picture)

The Pet War (Cover)

Class Dismissed (Cover)

The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School (Cover)

The Amazing Wilmer Dooley (Cover)

The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless (Cover)



Allan Woodrow is the author of CLASS DISMISSED (Scholastic),  THE PET WAR (Scholastic) and THE ROTTEN ADVENTURES OF ZACHARY RUTHLESS (HarperCollins). Also, under the name Fowler DeWitt, Allan has written THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL  and its sequel, THE AMAZING WILMER DOOLEY (both Simon & Schuster/Athenium).

Allan lives with his family outside Chicago, He regularly visits schools and libraries, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).


Allan3rdGradeThis is me in third grade. I wrote my first book that year, a six-page “novel” called The Big Cheese about, as you’d expect, a giant piece of cheese. I still have it. I don’t know why I wanted to write books. But a voice inside my head told me to be a writer, and that was that.

When I was growing up, teachers always said, “Write about your experiences” so I always hoped my parents would turn out to be werewolves or I’d be kidnapped by gypsies. But I had no such luck.

Since I didn’t have anything worth writing about, I went into advertising. Maybe the next time you see a commercial on TV or visit a website I’ll be the one who wrote it. You never know.

The voice still spoke to me, “Write books.” But I couldn’t figure out what sort of books to write. The voice didn’t tell me that.

Until one day I wrote something I would have liked when I was a kid. And something happened. The voice sighed happily. I figured out the sort of books I wanted to write. Meanwhile my voice still talks to me and says to keep writing, so I am. I’ve learned to listen to the voice. It seems to know what it’s talking about.

I am the author of CLASS DISMISSED (Scholastic), THE PET WAR (Scholastic) and both THE CONTAGIOUS COLORS OF MUMPLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL and its sequel, THE AMAZING WILMER DOOLEY (Simon & Schuster/Athaneum), both written under an alias: Fowler DeWitt.  You can learn more about them here. I also wrote THE ROTTEN ADVENTURES OF ZACHARY RUTHLESS (HarperCollins).