Monday, March 24, 2008

A Book Release Party!



Thursday is the official release of COOL DADDY RAT! I can’t believe it’s so close. I remember when the date was three years away, instead of three days. The wait seemed so unbearable then, and I worried that maybe an awful catastrophe was going to prevent it. Now in just a few days it will come, quietly, without any fanfare, and it’s likely the book will not be available yet in many stores. It takes time for distribution to get going.

I'm having a book release party at the King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 3rd, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. I’ll be there with Rick Walton, my mentor, who’s written more than 75 books for children, and Sharlee Glenn, an award-winning author and good friend. The three of us all have picture books being released in March and April. So we’ll have book signings, read-alouds, oh…and cookies, too. (I make a mean chocolate chip.) So please stop in and say hello.

My editor says we received another great review from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. The best part is: "Crow's text swings with scat-along possibilities and Lester laces his agile line-and-watercolor pictures with plenty of visual humor. This packs more punch than many jazz picture books of the earnest or informative variety, and it would easily harmonize with any musical story time, or even Take Your Child to Work Day programming."


That was one angle we hadn’t thought of from a marketing standpoint. Little Ace gets to see what his musician Daddy really does on the job. (And Mike Lester portrayed such awe in his expressive eyes.) So a Take-Your-Child-to-Work slant could work well.

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