Some class visits are smooth as pie. Some class visits make you want a nap, a drink, or a good cry afterwards. For a number of reasons, today's visit was the latter. It wasn't anyone's fault, it was just one of those days where everything possible was going wrong. However, as usual, the kids (first graders this time) had some funny/interesting things to say to me. A sampling: "You look like you're from England."
"I'm going to tell my teacher that you're funny."
"Your hair looks better not in a ponytail. If you have it down you look like Barbara."
(I have no idea who Barbara is, so maybe she meant Barbie? Which would make even less sense.)
(As I was about to start reading a book to them): "Can we just get this book over with?"
(After I read the *book): "I love that book!" "What is that?" "It's my wedding ring." "Who is your husband? TELL ME!!!" "My husband is Michael." "Your husband is MICHAEL??!?!" (They have no idea who Michael is.)
And to end on the highest of notes,
"Thank you for finding me the best book EVER."
(It was a Disney Fairies graphic novel, FYI.)
I guess it all worked out.
*(We read Animal Soup by Todd H. Doodler which is a fantastic book for a group of lively kids. They were hysterical. Check it out.)
Yesterday my fantastic co-worker Katya did a program with the kids called "Messages of Love" where they were given paper and color pencils and could write a nice note to anyone they wished. It was a very positive and uplifting event and the kids had fun running around giving notes to each other and making them for friends and family members. To my delight, this note was handed to me (and just so you don't think I deserve all the credit, it was addressed to "All the Librarians").
Here is a bit more information about how you can find and/or support my picture book Edward Gets Messy, coming out in September! (If you missed my previous post, you can check out the cover and get more background here.) The book can now be found at: Simon and Schuster (You can also become a "fan" of my author page on the S&S site here, even though I"m not exactly sure what that means! Thank you to my wonderful husband for taking the photo.) Amazon (where you can pre-order the book!) Barnes & Noble(where you can add it to your wishlist!) Goodreads(where you can mark it as "to-read" and then later give it a million stars, just kidding ha ha ha) Lastly, you can preview Olga Stern's gorgeous illustrations at any of the links above, but here's a sneak peek for you:
I really appreciate all the well-wishes and good thoughts and I'm excited to share more with you in the upcoming months. Thank you so much, everyone! ~Rita
*UPDATE: you can find pre-order info and more here! Woo hoo! ______________________________________________________________ Book news! Book news! Book news! Okay, sorry, I'm a bit excited. But...BOOK NEWS! So, some of you may know that I sold a picture book manuscript to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in June of 2014 about "a very particular little pig who likes things to be just so...until his need for neatness causes him more trouble than good." In January of 2015, the mind-blowingly talented Olga Stern signed on as the illustrator. A lot of hard work behind the scenes has happened since then and I'm SO happy to be able to share the cover of Edward Gets Messy with you today! LOOK HOW PRETTY:
I cannot even tell you how thrilled I am with the way the illustrations turned out - Olga did an amazing job with the story and I hope you all will love Edward as much as I do. Thank you, Olga! The book will be published in September 2016, but the pre-order information will be available soon. I'll post the links here, so stay tuned! Many special thanks to my fantastic agent Brooks Sherman and the whole Bent Agency, and to the amazing team at S&S BFYR including my incredible editor Kristin Ostby, the wonderful art director Lucy Ruth Cummings, and editorial assistant extraordinaire Mekisha Telfer. I can't wait to show you all more soon! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support! ~Rita