Mac and Cheese!


Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader will be published by Clear Fork/Spork in 2020!

In Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader, Oliver hopes he can learn to be a good friend by observing how guinea pig friends Mac and Cheese interact. Snuggling might be OK for guinea pigs, but Oliver’s classmates don’t like him getting in their personal space bubbles. Will Oliver ever stop being a personal space invader? You can order your copy here!
Mac and Cheese is illustrated by the amazing Heather Bell. Look at these character sketches Heather created!


Reviews and Endorsements
“At a time when parents and teachers struggle to teach kids about how close is too close—what is appropriate personal space—here comes Mac and Cheese to gently show the way. Jolene Gutiérrez’s text and Heather Bell’s illustrations provide a light-hearted story that demonstrates how kids live, think, and act.”
Avi, winner of the Newbery Medal and author of over 75 books

“Adorably illustrated and gently written, Mac and Cheese is a delight.”
Elana K. Arnold, award-winning author of A Boy Called Bat and What Riley Wore

Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader is a cute and fun book helping to explain the character’s struggle with understanding human proxemics. Not able to naturally interpret the non-verbal cues of his classmates, his caring teacher and his love for the class animals help him logically understand this slice of human social processing.”
Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div., author of Wired and Connected: Brain-Based Solutions To Ensure Your Child’s Social and Emotional Success.