I’m going to make more of an effort to make timely blog entries, but it won’t be here; I’ve started a new blog on my web site.
There doesn’t seem to be any reason to delete this one but I don’t think I’ll be updating it again.
Islandport Press tells me that The Pig Scramble should go to press this week, which is quick! I only delivered the final art at the end of March. It will be a while before the advance copies arrive, but it’s worth waiting for: coming home to a find big box on your doorstep, full of shiny new copies of your latest book, is the very best part of the whole business.
I just finished the dummy for Tooth Truth and sent it off to Scholastic Press. The utterly wonderful Arthur Levine is the author. I still don’t know the publication date – I’m guessing spring of 2013.
Tomorrow: the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I can’t wait to see everyone!
Here’s a blog about YA author Ellen Hopkins (Crank, Impulse) being “uninvited” to the 2011 Teen Lit Fest in Humble, Texas. http://petehautman.blogspot.com/2010/08/nasty-thing-in-corner.html
This kind of thing has happened to me, as well – more than one public school has asked me to do a presentation or a program, and then taken back the invitation when they realized what Uncle Bobby’s Wedding is about. (I’ve done some presentations at private schools which were well-received by all).
One author after another has withdrawn from the festival – I suspect this is going to have some major fallout.
Stay strong, everybody!
The Young Turks are not ok with a teacher reading Uncle Bobby’s Wedding in first grade. They think that maybe it would be ok to read the book in high school if they got authorization from the school board, first. They think the teacher should be suspended for reading my book to first grade students.
I do think they should have actually read my book before determining what punishment would be appropriate for reading it in school! They clearly hadn’t.
I’ve just posted some new illustrations on my web site - have a look! I’m trying to let my weirder side come out. It has occurred to me that I’ve been reining myself in a little lately.
We had just finished dinner last night when the power went out. We moved into the living room, put another log on the fire and lit a bunch of candles. Then what? Those that could started reciting poems, mostly of the humorous sort with an occasional uplifting Robert Frost mixed in. The kids asked what was so funny about the sort of limerick that starts “There was a young man from Nantucket.” After confused guessing about “bucket,” “pluck it,” “WHAT?? I don’t get it!” light dawned. And they died. Fell over on the couch, shrieking. You know how the verger reacts when she finally gets one of Geraldine Granger’s jokes? Like that.
When I drove home it appeared that the power was out in a whole quadrant of town. Instead of the stupid fake candles in windows, you could see people sitting around their tables by real candlelight. No streetlights, no traffic lights, a little light snow falling. Aaron Neville on the car radio singing Ave Maria. Perfect.
Here’s a great post by Cindy Lord about the jacket art for her new book. It takes a huge amount of effort to get the details right, and most people will never know. But I will! I can’t wait to see how it looks when the book comes out.
Here are the books I’ve Tweeted lately:
Basho and the Fox, by Tim Myers, illustrated by Oki Han.
A Place for Butterflies and A Place for Birds, by Melissa Stewart, illus. Higgins Bond.
The Fledgling by Jane Langton
The Great Potato Plan and The Secret Tunnel by Joy Wieder
The Little Red Elf by Barbara McGrath, illus. Rosalinde Bonnet.
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.
Hero by Perry Moore.
I’ve been posting some chidren’s book recommendations on Twitter, so I’ll try to keep track of all of them here:
Rules, by Cynthia Lord, for young teenagers. Rules is about a 12-year-old girl with an autistic younger brother, and it’s funny, poignant and true. (Scholastic, 2007)
The Daddy Longlegs Blues, a picture book by Mike Ornstein, illustrated by Lisa Kopelke. I’m recommending this mostly for the delightfully quirky illustrations of a whole band of bugs, although the verse is also terrific. (Sterling, 2009)
And, if you’re into creepy creatures, get the real story on Daddy Longlegs in A Daddy Longlegs Isn’t a Spider, by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by John Himmelman (Windward Publishing, 2009)
I’ll try to post lots more recommendations in the next two weeks.