Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I'm Back (temporarily)

Thanks to all of the visitors, young and old, who dropped by various readings of Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed across the eastern seaboard. It was a fun, yet hectic, trip.

Highlights include (but are not limited to):

Getting several handmade kids books from fans, including this awesome one:

(James’ bio at the end of the book reads: "James is 7… He plays a lot.” It was accompanied by a photo.)

This kid who could recite the entire Leonardo the Terrible Monster freak out page from memory in one breath:

Lunch with the awesome Richard Thompson, cartoonist of my favorite comic strip, Cul De Sac.

Richard even signed a book for me with his star, Alice:

A fun chat with NPR host Michele Norris. Look for more radio stuff in the coming year.

An afternoon at a school, whose librarian, Laura Amy Schiltz, just happens to have won the Newbery Medal a year ago today. Laura speaks English so beautifully, it occasionally sounds like another language. Congrats again and thanks to Laura and her kind, crusty, and zazzy companions at lunch.

(Sorry about the PR nature of this picture... It was, in fact, taken in a vortex where no words or drawings can ever escape.)

Oh, and days and days of this:

(The full story is here.)

Thanks to you all, and I look forward to more adventures when my tour continues next week.

Now, back to work...