Fan Art – New Qwikpick Cover!

Folks, I am bursting with pride/hubris over this fan art I’ve gotten. Some really wonderful stuff from a class that read my book and then endured a visit from me.
Here’s the first one. A new cover for The Qwikpick Adventure Society from Amber, Abigail and Courtney, who also offered this note on the book & visit: “Your book was Awesome! .. You rock, Dude… We miss you… Your visit is missed.”
They also warned: “Don’t drown in the Poop Jacuzzi!”

Scope Notes reviews Qwikpick

Man, the Kidlit god just keep smiling on the Qwikpick, formerly Middle Earth Mini Mart + Subs, lately!
Scope Notes wrote this really swell review of The Qwikpick Adventure Society:
The Scoper is not just a librarian, but also a Qwikpicker at heart — check out this excerpt:
“A friend and I used to be regulars at the local Kmart plaza, eating Nutty Bars and perusing the car care section to debate which chamois was “probably most absorbent”. These are the things that happen growing up in a small town. “The Qwikpick Adventure Society” exposes these seemingly mundane life experiences as the occasionally life changing times they can be. “

Qwikpick a Bank Street Best Book!

I just got this news from my editor!!!!!!
The Qwikpick Adventure Society  is among the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education 2008 Best Books of the Year. It’s in the age group 9 to 12, under the genre/category “Today” (as opposed to history, fairy tale, science fiction).
Also, it looks like the big Bank Street award this year is going to Katherine Applegate’s Home of the Brave!
Hurray! Applegate, the sister of one of our best friends, gave Cece some great advice when she was just getting started, so we are always glad to see her prosper!

Poetry Friday – Librarians Get NASTY

Cece and I just had a great joint presentation at a VEMA conference, which is the Virginia Educational Media Association, which I think  was a convention of librarians.
From somewhere came the title “Making Books Fun” or something like that. So Cece and I showed the librarians what we do when we visit schools.
Cece had those librarians wearing animal ears and acting out “Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood.” The key is casting Sock Monkey well, she always says, and she got a wild one this time!
As for me, I gave the librarians the same challenge I give kids. Can you do what the kids do in my book, The Qwikpick Adventure Society and write poems that create not a word picture, but a word smell? And can you make it even stinkier?
Yes, they could… and some of the could even get the haiku syllables right in just 2 or 3 minutes of writing time. This one came close:
thrown up stinky
chunky bits of Cheerios
mixed with applesauce
And they could be funny:
Candles burning bright
Caught my hair on fire tonight
Crackling hair, stinking so
But one librarian wrote a simply incredible poem. Oddly it was the first I read and was a total surprise. It did not win the popular vote, which went to a poem which was (I think) an inside VEMA joke, but this poem is among the very best ever written for Qwikpick Instant Poetry Contests…
Unpacking winter box
Afghan reveals bones, tissue
Heart races, smell explodes
-Deborah Wood

PixiePalace reviews Qwikpick!

The Qwikpick Adventure Society
The royal decree has gone forth from the palace:
This is a really fun book! It’s incredibly funny.
Thanks RosiePixie!

Another yahoo moment!

I’ve talked before about yahoo moments and how few and far between they can be.
Qwikpick has given me some — good reviews and fun school appearances. (But also a lot of heartbreak.)
And Llama with a Hat gave me a big one when I found it was actually going to happen AFTER I had given up on it.
But the Civil War Extravaganza hasn’t really had a yahoo moment. It’s been – what – four years of labor, lots of ups and downs and occasional really good news for me and my co-author. But there’s never really been a single moment for celebration.
But today… YAHOO!
Our new editor through us some tough challenges and today we heard that she dug our revisions! The book is SO much better now and our enthusiasm has been growing.
And then the editor drops the bombshell. She’s got an illustrator in mind and –YAHOO! — the person in question ROCKS THE MIC! If this works out this particular illustrator should tear the roof off with this cover! I cannot wait to see what it’s going to look like, but I think the word KUNG-FU may apply!
Coming to a store near you in 2009!

Kid: Harry Potter can wait, I’ve got to read Qwikpick!

Wickle, a sometimes commenter on this blog, has put up a review of Qwikpick! And it’s a fantastic read!
One of the best bits is this line:
My 11-year-old … took a break in the middle of reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to read this…
Wow, put that on the book jacket and print another 100,000* copies! (*this number may be a Lisa Yee style exageration.)
Wickle has some other really nice things to say about the book being good for a reluctant reader and for a somewhat nostalgic adult.
Best of all, Wickle’s endorsement, proves that Qwikpick can reach across party lines. Democrats & Republicans, Obamians & Huckabeans are all welcome at the Qwikpick!