There’s more evidence that I have a book coming out!

Even though Sarah Gives Thanks will not be available until September 1, the fine folks at Albert Whitman and Company have added a Sarah page to their website. It doesn’t provide any more information than what I’ve already written here on this blog, but it makes me happy to know such a page exists.

On that page, by the way, is a link to the illustrator’s website. I recommend you check it out because David Gardner is friendly and talented and if he ever decides to visit the East Coast from his home in New Mexico, I will buy him the coffee beverage of his choice.  A grande. You heard me right, David. I’ll pick you up at Newark International first thing tomorrow.

And just because my book isn’t out yet, it doesn’t mean you can’t pre-order it at a discountI would recommend doing so. And, even though you and I both know you’re going to love Sarah’s inspiring story, please be aware that it is bad form to write a glowing review before the book is published. Your heart is in the right place, and I love you for it, but do wait until the fall, okay?

Last but not least, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to a fellow blogger, Writerlious. (Please note the spelling; I, for one, keep wanting to say “Writerlicious,” which is incorrect. So instead, I say “Erin,” which is fine as it is Writerlious’ real name and much, much easier to pronounce.) A few weeks ago, Erin gave me a Sunshine Award for my entry in a flash fiction contest, which is pretty amazing considering that the week before a few weeks ago I had never heard of a Sunshine Award or, for that matter, “flash fiction.” But I was one of the winners and that delights me. Then, a few days ago, Erin honored me again, this time with a Versatile Blogger Award, which I got without having to write any fiction – flashy or otherwise.

Once you get one of these awards you are supposed honor other bloggers with it, which I will do in the near future. In the meantime, you should visit Erin’s blog because she is good people (and a good blogger, too)!

Dishing Out Much More Than Eggs

Sometimes it takes a lot to get people to try new foods.

Being a fan of Dr. Seuss’ books is like saying you enjoy fun.

Pretty much the same thing goes for Green Eggs and Ham. It might not be your all-time favorite Seuss book, but it almost certainly ranks as one of your favorites. It definitely one of mine – and the illustration posted above is a big reason why. For those who haven’t looked at the book in a while (and shame on you all) this crash was the result of an oddly designed rail line. Instead of ending at a train station, this ride concludes with a Seussian ski jump over a lake.

What kills me, though, is just how blissed out everyone is. The captain, instead of thinking, “Hey! A TRAIN crashed into my boat!” wears an expression more in line with, “Hey! A FOX! How neat!”

The train engineer is happy. The passengers are happy. The goat, fox, and mouse are happy. The only guy who is less than thrilled is our finicky, black-hatted hero. He is troubled, though, not by the life-threatening crash but by the fact that Sam-I-am fails to notice that green eggs and ham look pretty nasty.

This illustration is all the more wonderful when one recognizes that Seuss’ rhymes don’t even begin to suggest any of this insanity. This is not an isolated incident. Earlier in the book Sam-I-am poses a seemingly benign question: “Would you? Could you? In a car? Eat them! Eat them! Here they are!” The statement, however, is accompanied by an illustration depicting a high speed, Sam-I-am-initiated hit and run.

Even more interesting is Black Hat’s reply: “I would not, could not, in a car.” Note that it is a simple, declarative statement. No exclamation point. So, yes, Black Hat is being rammed by a car, but that’s still no reason for him not to use his Indoor Voice.

Green Eggs and Ham is really a unique Seuss book in this regard; other Seuss books get as crazy this one, but the rhymes in those stories comment on and underline the action. Not here. It’s as if a train crashing into a boat is so commonplace in this particular Seussworld that it doesn’t deserve a mention.

And it doesn’t. Green Eggs and Ham is perfect just the way it is.