A few weeks ago Denver was visited by a great kids author and overall really nice guy. We welcomed Jarrett Krosoczka to the Mile High City. He was in town doing a few days of school visits. While in town he made a stop by the Tattered Cover on Colfax. I still have a hard time going to this Tattered Cover. It has nothing to do with them as a bookseller. The space is well merchandised and truthfully it is very close to my home and I drive by it daily on the way to school and from school. I just missed what used to happen in the building. I don’t think I will ever get over the fact that Denver didn’t support the Bonfil’s Theatre. As a teen and 20 something I spent a lot of time watching my friends preform there.
OK, sorry back to Jarrett. I met Jarrett a couple of years ago at the CCIRA conference when I was lucky enough to be his host for the day. He still thinks I accidently lost him, little does he know…. It was right before the first Lunch Lady book came out. I received an ARC at the ALA Mid-Winter conference, which he signed. He let me read the galley of the second Lunch Lady. I spent the day laughing. It was a wonderful day. Over the years we have kept in contact through the blog world, Facebook and Twitter. So when I saw he was coming I planned my schedule around seeing him. He really knows how to pull in an audience. He has a group of preschool and kinder girls singing and acting out the Lunch Lady. My friend Lauren and I got there early and were able to visit with Jarrett for a while before his talk.
In the classroom Jarrett is in much demand. The Lunch Lady series makes a constant round of book boxes. It is a graphic novel series that is popular with both boys and girls. For a reward for good behavior I showed them the video for Punk Farm. For a week kids walked around singing the punk version of Old McDonald.
Thanks Random House for the free copy.
The new REM album is quite good. I am listening to it this morning while writing this. (Nothing to do with this blog!)