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Blog of author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Author of Punk Farm.
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Attention librarians: Win an original Lunch Lady watercolor, a Skype visit & BOOKS! Check out the Baker and Taylor Summer Reading Sweepstakes in the March issue of Growing Minds! Info is on page 16: http://t.co/02VlcY9527 Add a Comment
I stopped by local indie Odyssey Bookshop just before close to sign stock. All of these books are autographed and drawn in and will now be available anytime of the day via the Odyssey's dedicated Jarrett page:
Check out the book trailer for Peanut Butter and Jellyfish!
I am ridiculously excited about how this turned out!
Props to Jesse Schmal for his animation work and to Recess Monkey for lending me the instrumental off of their song "The Deep End!" Also, thanks to my daughter for her cute little voice!
Seattle, WA is an incredibly welcoming city! I arrive on Wednesday and they're planning a parade! Wow! Talk about going above and beyond!
I will be at the Seattle Public Library, located at 1000 4th Avenue, on Wednesday (February 5th) at 7 pm. I'll be talking about Lunch Lady, sharing slides of my process, drawing and yucking it up in general. I'll also be scribbling and doodling in copies of any book with my last name on the spine.
If you can't make it to the library, I will be working with these bookstores: University Bookstore, Queen Anne Book Co., Secret Garden Bookstore and ParkPlace Books. While I won't have a public event with each, I am sure that if you live near one of those bookstores, they would be happy to take orders for personalized books that will be sufficiently scribbled and doodled in.
See you soon, Pacific Northwest!
For those that had no school today because of weather, I archived one of today's webcasts on my YouTube page for you:
To celebrate the release of Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle, I will be signing and personalizing copies of the book ordered through my local bookshop. Visit Broadside Bookshop online and plug in your personalizations under the customer comments section when you order. I'll stop by the store at the end of the week and then the book(s) will get shipped to you!
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January 29, 10 am, 12 pm & 2 pm EST- Everywhere in the world- Tune in to the free virtual webcasts!
January 29, 5 pm EST - Everywhere in the world! Tune in to The Absolutely Mindy Show on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live and call in to ask me questions live on the air! 1-866-328-2345
February 5, 7pm- Seattle, WA- Seattle Public Library
February 7, 3:30pm- Alameda, CA- Alameda Free Library
February 20, 6:30 pm- Boston, MA- Children’s MediaAssociation Children’s Book Event
March 10, 8 am- Hyannis, MA- (MSLA) Massachusetts SchoolLibrary Association
March 16, 11:30 am-Tucson, AZ- Tucson Festival of Books
March 17, Phoenix, AZ (More info to come)
March 25, 11:40 am, WI Dells, WI- WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology
March 29, Northampton, MA- MELTDOWN!
April 8, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish publishes!
April 8, Portland, ME (More info to come)
April 13, Los Angeles, CA- LA Times Festival of Books
April 26, Amherst, MA- Eric Carle Museum of Picture Books
May 3, Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day!
May 6, Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy publishes!
Wednesday, January 29th, will be an exciting day. Aside from running live webcasts from my studio throughout the day, I'll also be live on the satellite radio and taking calls. Starting at 5 pm, I'll be live on The Absolutely Mindy Show, and if your young reader is a Lunch Lady fan, they could call in to chat with me live on air!
|Cover sketch for Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute!|
|An old photo from camp from the early 00's. That is Milmoe, Hilary (who is the namesake for a counselor in LL & the Summer Camp Shakedown) and John McNeil (in order to needle my friend, I gave Orson the last name of 'McNeil'!)|
I am terribly excited to drive up to Vermont on Tuesday, January 28th, to celebrate the release of Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle! I will be signing books at the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne!
The actual event will happen at Shelburne Town Hall, 5420 Shelburne Road, which is an easy two minute walk from the bookstore.
I hope to see you there, Vermonters! Is it true that all visitors to Vermont get complimentary maple syrup and free samples of every Ben & Jerry's flavor? Or is that just a rumor?
As with all of my webcasts, signed and personalized books are available for pre-order via Broadside Bookshop. Click here to order. Please input names for inscription in the order under the "Order Comments" field.
See you on the Interwebs! Ralph will be ready for you!
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|Visiting Texas schools in 2003.|
I am kicking off my 2014 in he Lone Star State this weekend with two exciting events!
On Friday, January 10th, I will be at the Midland Public Library in Midland, TX at 4 pm. I'll be talking about how I came up with many of my characters, reading, and signing books as well!
Then, on Saturday, January 11th, I will be in Abilene, TX to speak at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature at 10 am. This is a part of that great exhibit they mounted on kids' comics called "Bam! It's a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels." I can't wait to see the exhibit myself!
I'll see you there!
And if I haven't mentioned it yet on the ol' blog, I have been incredibly honored to have had Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked make it to the Bluebonnet Award nominee. It's an especially big thrill, as I've been visiting schools down in Texas for some time. (Check out the caption on that photo above!)
My spring tour information is getting all squared away. There will be more dates added, but in the meantime, be sure to check out the calendar on my homepage at StudioJJK.com. If you live in California, Washington, Vermont, Arizona or Wisconsin it will be of special interest to you...
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Thank you all for helping make 2013 such a remarkable one for me. I had many plans on writing an end-of-year review, but I thought it more prudent to making my art deadlines for the 2nd Platypus Police Squad book. As it turns out, Facebook already collected some highlights for me. How rewarding it was to take a look back on all the year brought me via Facebook's Year in Review feature.
I am constantly drafting updates via social media and sometimes this blog gets ignored. I would be remiss if I didn't mention two items that weren't listed in that Facebook Year in Review. Both happened this fall. One was an interaction I had with a student in the New Orleans area. He started telling me about how he wrote a story about he and his cat. I listened, as I always did. The boy then went on to tell me about how he didn't know his father and was currently not living with his mother. I certainly related with the boy, and it made me so very happy that I not only was open with my TED Talk, but that it had gone viral, and in a way, was able to give this kid some comfort that his future would be OK. Another event happened in North Carolina, where I was set to speak at UNC on a Saturday. This group of teachers drove around from neighborhood to neighborhood picking up students from their classrooms. Together with volunteers, these teachers reassembled their classrooms to hear me speak. What heroes.
I am so eternally grateful to meet so many heroes, and to be in touch with them on a regular basis—in classrooms and through social media.
Happy Everything to you all! I wish you the best of the best this holiday season.
I'm unplugging now to be with my own family, and I look forward to spending 2014 with all of you!
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With the blessing of the Roald Dahl Estate, I created these tribute pieces. They were displayed on stage at the First Book Manhattan benefit as the actors read from Dahl's works, and they're up for auction through Friday afternoon! Help First Book Manhattan get brand-new books into the hands of young readers! BID! http://firstbooknyc.wordpress.com/
|From left to right: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Luke Kelly, Jenny Powers, James Naughton, Cavenaugh, Mara Wilsom and me! Photo ©2013 Rahav Segev / Photopass.com|
UPDATED: More photos on First Book NYC's Facebook page as well!
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Cyber Monday is tomorrow, but we can still be #IndiesFirst. Two great local bookshops have the ability to take orders online, and I'll sign books purchased through their websites. (Just specify personalization under the customer comments field.)
The Odyssey Bookshop: http://www.odysseybks.com/search/apachesolr_search/Krosoczka
Broadside Bookshop: http://www.broadsidebooks.com/search/apachesolr_search/Krosoczka
There are currently three ways to catch the original works from my books. You will be able to spot my work at. . .
Annual Illustration Exhibit at R. Michelson Galleries - Northampton, MA
This show will run through January 15th. The art on exhibit at this gallery is for sale. If you can't make it into Northampton to see the work in person, you can find a small sampling of what they have for sale here.
BAM! It's a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels - Abilene, TX
11.14.13 - 02.28.14: National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
(This show will later travel to the Joslyn Art Museum from 11.08.14 - 03.08.15.)
Featuring artists Raina Telgemeier, Mark Crilley, Matthew Holm,
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, & Lincoln Peirce
I will be on hand to discuss my comics and sign books on January 11, 2014 at 10:00 am.
The Art of Story - Boston, MA
A great exhibit/event is happening at Boston Children's Hospital on Saturday Dec. 7th from 1-4 pm. Check out their newly renovated space featuring an exhibit of some great children's book art! I'm sad that I won't be able to attend, but many artists will be on hand. Lots of great folks in this permanent exhibit!
I am insanely excited to address the crowd at the Elementary Section Get-Together on Thursday at the NCTE conference.
Here is the info:
4:30 – 6:00 PM
Hynes Convention Center, Room 306, Level Three
I will give a 45 minute talk about creativity and it's place in the classroom, and I will breakdown my creative process in crafting characters and stories.
Then, we'll all go over and hear Tony Danza. Because - c'mon! Tony Danza! (A name that has been in the running should we ever get a 2nd pug.)
Here's my signing schedule at NCTE:
12:00 – 1:00 PM HarperCollins Booth #1012
3:00 – 4:00 PM Random House Booth #907
UPDATE: Tony Danza had to cancel last minute. Judy Blume is now the opening speaker. So after all this time, it's neither Tony, Angela or Mona, but Judy who is the boss....
If you have an hour to kill and want to know more about a career in children's books, the lecture I gave at RISD's Entrepeneur MindShare is now online. In it, I retrace my steps from my first book submission in 1997 to where I am today.
And in case you're curious, that last quote that is made illegible by the reproduction:
"I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man." - Jay-Z Add a Comment
I'm delighted to return to Engage, the blog of the International Reading Association, to share my insight on the reading lives of our young ones.
You can read my piece, "Always a Place for Picture Books," here: http://www.reading.org/general/Publications/blog/engage/engage-single-post/engage/2013/11/14/always-a-place-for-picture-books#.UoTzdBB5mSO
I'll be at the Connecticut Children's Book Fair on Sunday at UConn! http://bookfair.uconn.edu/
There will be a ton of authors on hand, including Tomie dePaola!
Here is my full schedule:
**Because this is a fundraiser, the organization asks that books be purchased at the fair.**
What an incredible surprise to see my high school art teacher today! Mr. Shilale, who has long been retired, continues to sub in the art classes in his hometown and heard I was visiting one of the schools. We got to spend the day together, reminisce and catch up - and I got to tell him in person that his reassuring words made a big difference in my life.
You can trace the origins of my book BAGHEAD back to an art assignment Mr. Shilale gave us in high school. I have shared this slide in thousands of lectures in the past twelve years.
I received an embarrassment of riches this Halloween. Some wonderful photos of folks dressed as my characters came through over social media. It's just beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I am so honored that folks took the time to put together these fantastic costumes!
Check out the awesomeness below!
Not only does Kairi make a fierce Lunch Lady, but she also has the creativity of Betty -- when she couldn't find a yellow apron, she made one! Color me impressed!
Spotted on Martha's Vineyard -- a Punk Farm scarecrow! I love it!!!
Public librarian Laura Lintz donned a yellow apron for Halloween, but nothing could top Ulysses the Pug's performance as Betty. I can certify that this is the first canine interpretation of one of my characters! My pug is jealous that he didn't think of that! (He has no shame, and will do anything for extra treats.)
Detectives Corey O'Malley and Rick Zengo turned up at the HarperCollins Halloween party. And just in case things got out of hand, Sergeant Plazinski was on hand to ensure that the Platypus Police Squad stayed in line. (The attention to detail here is mind-boggling!)
School librarian Cyndi Shinn has been a big supporter of the Lunch Lady books out in Nebraska. And on Halloween, she took it to the next level!
Check out Stella and her sister, Rosie! They are just adorable! (And the littlest lunch ladies that I ever did see!) I also appreciate their parents' dedication to theme by painting their walls yellow...
Andrew kept his neighborhood streets safe by serving justice and serving lunch in the Sunshine State! I love this costume!
Check out these INCREDIBLE story pumpkins!
4th grader Liam made this incredibly creative Lunch Lady pumpkin. I love the use of a mop head for the hair!
This Platypus Police Squad pumpkin looks so much like Detective Rick Zengo! Made by a 2nd grader at Sterling Community School, it is a perfectly shaped pumpkin for this character!
This was sent in by Mattea in Arizona. Mattea did a fantastic job on her pumpkin book report! I love it! Thank you so much, Mattea!
If you dressed up as one of my characters, or themed a story pumpkin around one of my books, I'd love to see photos!
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