Let’s hear it for a fun-filled first weekend in June! Saturday is our annual Children’s Literature Festival with guests Tomie dePaola and artists from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and Sunday, June 5th at 11:30 am is our next BookTalk interview segment with Jarrett Krosoczka!
As you probably already know, Jarrett is a very talented, very funny author and illustrator of both picture books, such as the fabulous Punk Farm, and the bestselling Lunch Lady graphic novel series for middle grade readers, the newest of which will be released in September.
Speaking of new books for September, Jarrett is one of the featured authors of the newest Guys Read anthology, Thriller, edited by Jon Scieszka. In celebration of the book’s release, I ran into Jarrett in his best Michael Jackson Thriller costume at Book Expo last week.
Now this is a guy who knows how to draw a crowd! If you want to watch the whole conversation about the upcoming book with Jon Scieszka, Jarrett, Matt de la Pena, Mac Barnett, Jack Gantos and Eoin Colfer, head on over to Jarrett’s blog where he’s uploaded the whole video. I had a great time exploring Jarrett’s website, where you get the option of reading his real bio, his fake bio or his even faker bio. It even has a pronunciation guide for saying his last name (it’s like crow-zaus-ka”).
You may also remember his hilarious video Book by Book: The Making of a Monkey Man that featured a funny star-studded cast such as Mo Willems, Tomie dePaola, and Jon Scieszka. While the video doesn’t seem to be online anymore, you can still view tidbits here, including Zen Master Tomie! How perfect since these two funny guys will both be at The Carle this weekend!
So come by and meet Jarrett on Sunday, June 5th! Andy will be interviewing him in the auditorium at 11:30 am (the Museum doesn’t open until Noon, but we open the doors for this event at 11), followed by a book signing outside the Shop. I know I’ll be purchasing a whole stack of books for my nephew who insists he doesn’t have all of the Lunch Lady books yet! Hope to see you there! And as always, if you just can’t make it to the event, place your pre-order by Saturday, June 4th, and we’ll get your book autographed and shipped to you. You can shop all of Jarrett’s books for sale on our website here.