Hello! How ya been?
I’m briefly coming out of hibernation in the very near future!
I’m hoping you’ll join me on Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00 at BBGB in Richmond, Virginia to celebrate the relaunch of my personal favorite book of all my books—Bee-Wigged!
(BBGB is a wonderful children’s book store and one of the biggest supporters of Jerry Bee from the get-go. I can’t think of a better book store to host this event. And here’s my proposed logo for them…maybe one of these days they’ll take me up on it):
Bee-Wigged first came out in 2009, and a lot has happened since then. I was thrilled when Candlewick Press asked me to write a brief afterword for it. Here’s what I wrote:
Bee-Wigged is my favorite book of all the books I’ve done. Oddly enough, it’s an autobiography—and I didn’t even realize that fact until I held the book in my hands for the first time.
Jerry Bee’s story is my story. Of course, I wasn’t a giant bee who wore a wig in order to look less like a bee and more like a boy. But I was a kid who felt very different from all the other kids, and I wore a big clunky hearing aid in order to hear more like the other kids could. Like Jerry, I wanted very much to have friends. Like Jerry, I tried to be helpful, funny, artistic, and generous—and to be really good at spelling, too.
Jerry’s great fear was that his classmates would find out just how different he was, and that when they did, they would no longer wish to be his friend. I had the exact same fear. But thankfully, Jerry’s wig turns out to be the very hairy guinea pig Wiglet, who reminds everyone just how great Jerry is—and my big clunky hearing aid turned out to be something that my classmates really dug once they saw all the fun things that I could do with it.
Bee-Wigged is a story about accepting people—and bees—who might be different from you. It’s also a reminder that being helpful, funny, artistic, and generous can go a long way in one’s quest for friends. (But don’t worry if you aren’t good at spelling. That doesn’t matter, except when you forget the “r” in “friends”—try not to call your friends your fiends!)
I’ll be talking about the book, and doing some drawing, and answering questions, and signing stuff if you want me to sign it, and making goo-goo eyes at anyone who shows up.
If you come, you’re guaranteed to get one of these nifty buttons:
I did a ton of screen printing this past week so that I can give out some of these Jerry Bee tees. I’m thinking about asking folks to talk about the nicest person they’ve ever known in exchange for one of these shirts, so come prepared with stories.
And finally…be sure to bring your camera phones so you can take pictures of each other as Jerry Bee!
(Here’s Spock as Jerry Bee, contemplative as ever):
Hope to see you there on Sunday, April 23rd! It will bee awesome.