POPLOFF, Michelle. American, b. 1956. Genres: Children's fiction. Career: Affiliated with Random House, New York City, 1979-, currently vice president and editorial director, Books for Young Readers. Publications: Busy O'Brien and the Great Bubble Gum Blowout, 1990; Busy O'Brien and the Caterpillar Punch Bunch, 1992; Splash-a-Roo and Snowflakes, 1996; Tea Party for Two, 1997; Bat Bones and Spider Stew, 1998; Roses Are Dread, Violets Are Boo: A Vampire Valentine Story, 2001.