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Profiles In Awesomeness: David Gardner

Illustrator extraordinaire David Gardner and I have been pals ever since our book Sarah Gives Thanks was first published in 2012.

Remember her?

He and I live about 1,000 miles apart, so we’ve never met face to face, but we are friends nonetheless—often emailing, occasionally phoning, and annually exchanging Christmas cards.

Perhaps most awesomely, we send each other our latest children’s books.

One of David’s more recent efforts is a picture book biography of the great songwriter Irving Berlin. I highly recommend it. Leslie Kimmelman’s story is fantastic and, as always, David’s illustrations are a sight to behold.

Take a look!

Berlin as a young man singing in a saloon…

Berlin composing songs to improve wartime morale…

And look at this amazing page depicting the exhilarating hubbub of the Lower East Side!

Isn’t it cool?

Wait. Hold on.

That last illustration…

I think I…

I think I saw something…

GASP!

I have been immortalized!

Thank you so much, David!

And keep your eyes peeled, my friend. Someday, when you least expect it, I shall return the favor!

Some Weeks You Write A Blog Post...

Some Weeks You Write A Blog Post…

…and some weeks you turn your alto saxophone-playing son into The Fifth Beatle.

This was a Fifth Beatle week. I regret nothing.

Yes, yes, I know I have been very absent from this blog lately. And I’m sorry.

I have reasons, though! I’ve been teaching writing classes. (Fun!) I’ve also been making quixotic attempts to meet deadlines for a new MG series. (Less fun!)

And, well, I wanna go sleepy all the tiiiime.

BUT! A new Debatables is coming.

And I promise more blog post-y shenanigans in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. (Or, at most, four shakes. Or maybe five. Five lamb tail shakes, tops!)

See you again soon!

Debatables

Debatables: The Most Influential YA Series

Cricket and I are debating again!

And, well, I’m a little worried about my opponent this time around.

I think the poor gal has gotten somewhat addled.

If I asked you to name the Most Influential Young Adult Book Series of all time what image immediately springs to mind?

Yup. You guessed it: This guy.

Well Cricket disagrees. She says the most influential YA Series is The Hunger Games.

Don’t ask me why.

For THG to be the most influential, you’d have to ignore that fact that Harry Potter came out more than a decade before THG. Or that HP produced a septet of books to THG’s three. Or that HP spent an entire uninterrupted decade on the New York Times Bestseller List. Or that HP led to midnight book release parties and lines around the block. Or that HP spawned a bazillion merchandizing tie ins. Or that HP singlehandedly changed the children’s book publishing industry as we know it. Or that geeks across the globe are actually skipping around on brooms playing honest-to-God games of Quidditch.

I mean, geez!

Cricket is a lovely person, but she has a bad habit of believing Alternate Facts.

Anyhoo, the debate can be found on Cricket’s blog. Head on over, read our arguments, and chime in with your opinion! It’ll be fun!

See ya there!