Tomie, Can You Hear Me?
Y’all know Jarrett Krosoczka, right? Aside from beating out Jon Scieszka in the Hardest-Picture-Book-Creator-Name-To-Pronounce Award he happens to be the author of such ludicrously fun picture books as My Buddy, Slug, the Punk Farm duo, and his new Lunch Lady graphic novels. On top of all that, I got a message from him recently. Said he:
As you know, Mr. Tomie dePaola is turning 75! My wife Gina and I wanted to do something special for him, let him know just how much he is loved. We reached out to our children’s book illustrator friends and asked if they would make an image to honor Tomie. On September 15th, on his actual birthday, we are launching http://threekissesfortomie.blogspot.com with the first round of art. Many artists have promised art later in the year and we will continue to update the site throughout the year as we get new art in.
New amazing art is right! Check out some of the samples Jarrett passed on:
That one’s by Jarrett himself.
From Erin Etter Kono.
And Mo Willems. Naturally.
You can see even more on the blog itself. So happy birthday, Mr. dePaola! In celebration, here is the photo my boss took last week of what looks like me two seconds away from giving the traditional birthday right uppercut.
Thanks to John Peters for the photo.
Other Rejected Titles for This Post: "The Who, What, Where, When, and Why’s Tomie"
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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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