Hot Men of Children’s Literature, Part 41 in a Series
Today’s fellow wins the Most Nominated Award of this series. I get the usual requests from fans, publishers, editors, agents, partners, and wives to have their fellers featured as a Hot Man. Some of these I accept and some of these I pass on according to my own peculiar whims and fancies. Today’s HMOCL is notable if only because of the order in which I received some of his nomations. They were, in this order…
1. From his fans
2. From his wife
3. From more of his fans
You’d think I’d have caved right there and then, but I’m picky about my choices. If I feel I’m getting railroaded into including a fellow, I get stubborn. "Who are they to tell me when someone is hot? I will make that choice when and IF I choose to do so! Harumph!" But then this guy came in to speak to a couple groups of kids about his book series and… well, fine. He’s a former stand-up comedian, the kids love him, and his books are fun. So it is, with quite a lot of build-up, that I include the one… the only…
You might ask, "Betsy? Why did you just choose a picture of Mr. Buckley taken when he was submitting columns to The Idiot Magazine? The dude has plenty o’ pics on his website, after all."
Good question. I like this picture the best, though. For one thing, I don’t get a chance to include many teeny tiny black and white photos of my fellers. So there’s that. Also, I think this one shows off the man’s personality better than that colorized contraption currently up on his site.
Michael Buckley is the creator of The Sisters Grimm series. Two sisters become detectives in a town where fairy tale characters are real as real and, let’s face it, none too fond of the Grimm family. I’ve only read the first book in the series, but when Mr. Buckley came to speak at the Donnell Library we were amazed to see that not a single copy of any of his books were available for his newly converted fans when they looked for them. Each one had already been checked out. He’s a popular guy, that Mr. Buckley, and a worthy addition to our series.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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