It’s been a good couple of days for Sock Monkey.
First, he saw his name all lit up, show-biz style, at the Salem Fair:
Then, he received these gorgeous flat pennies from an admirer, the amazing Dark Hollow beauty, Mrs. B-C. She got these welcome additions to S.M.’s collection from Disneyworld(!).
Left to right, it’s Spongebob! Pongo and Purdy! And the one and only, Mickey Mouse!
Oh, S.M., you lucky duck, you.
Guess what Sock Monkey got in the mail yesterday?
That’s right! My new book, RABBIT & ROBOT! Sock Monkey said it was “pretty good, but not as good as three certain books featuring me, me, and me, and, boy, have you seen Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s EXTRA YARN? Swoon!” So I said, “Humph!”
Fortunately, Publishers Weekly liked it a lot better than S.M., and even gave it a STAR. Hooray! You can read the review here. Huzzah!
Some of you may know that Sock Monkey collects flat pennies. Recently, an unnamed member of my family decided to clean S.M.’s collection by creating a vinegar/salt/baking soda soak for the pennies. The pennies are, shall we say, no longer with us. That’s right. They just about disintegrated. And there were a lot of pennies.
The pennies that were...
But, fortunately, S.M. has received some new flat pennies from some lovely people. And today, in the mail, he got this, from longtime pal and Resident Web Genius Kendrick Goss, a lovely man equally at home in the Past and in the Future:
The penny that is!
As S.M. said when he opened the envelope, “Squeeeeeeee!”
Amazing! Thank you, Mr Goss!
Here’s what I got in the mail the other day:
The Korean Magic Pen Society bought the rights to Sock Monkey Boogie Woogie, so that it could be one of many books offered in its Smart English Project. The website I4U News explains how it works a lot better than I can:
The ‘magic pen’ has a camera based scanner built-in that reads codes hidden in the book. It matches the code with the data on the corresponding cartridge and reads the text or triggers sounds.
And it really works!
So, believe it or not, Sock Monkey is helping Korean kids learn how to read English! If only he would help me learn how to read Korean. Apparently, he does know how. He’s just not telling.
I’m going to the Big City to meet with some editors soon! And I do love a Big City, especially drawing one.
Here’s the Big City in Itty Bitty, which some of you may know:
Can you find Itty Bitty in this city?
And here’s another Big City, from a book I made for school that was never published:
Look at all them pigs!
My favorite Big City artist is Bernard Waber, hands down. Check out this cool Big City scene in his book, Rich Cat, Poor Cat:
And we’d all live in the Big City if we could live in the house on East 88th Street:
Greatest brownstone ever!
If you’re in the Big City, I’ll give you a wave when I’m there! But I’m still kinda glad that I live in the country.
Just in time for election season, I bring you these presidential buttons!
S.M. is totally non-partisan! Also, non-parmesan!
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This carnival photo cut-out will make it’s debut at today’s Itty Bitty Launch Party! (That’s Cece, of course.)
This is cool … the illustrated interview that I did with BookPage is now online. It’s worth a look if you haven’t had a chance to see the print version. (Guess what? Tom Angleberger’s in it, too!)
A nice review from Kids’ Book Corner! (They liked Bee-Wigged, too!)
And kind words from Becky at Young Readers!