Thursday, April 17, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I love kids who write letters like this:

Dear Barbara O'Connor:

What I like in your books are the settings. They are very vibrant. What I dislike in your books is when you describe some things. 

Don't get me wrong. Describing is okay. But when you described Mama Nell's purple feet and yellow toenails, I lost my appetite.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two Things on Tuesday

Thing One

Look what I got!
Paperback edition of On the Road to Mr. Mineo's

Thing Two
Skyping with students in Ecuador.
Don't you love how Skype makes a big world smaller?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Things I Love Thursday

I love this old cookbook.

I bought it in 1974 from the Whole Earth Catalog.

The Purefoy Hotel was well known and well loved back in its day.

Eva Purefoy enclosed a postcard and wrote:

"Postage and insurance have gone up. Balance due on book is $.25. You may send stamps. My new book is a honey."

In addition to recipes, there are handy tips, like how to freshen a wilted veil.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Two Things on Tuesday

Thing One

Viola is coming to Owen. She is gonna blow there minds. Viola is mean.

Thing Two

Isn't this an awesome way to thank an author after a visit?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Movie news!

Filming is beginning on the Korean movie of How to Steal a Dog.

 Release date is December.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thank you, Hampden Meadows - Part 2

I'll let these pictures do the talking.

These are some of the projects the students worked on based on my books.

It doesn't get any better than this.

Thank you to the students and faculty of Hampden Meadows!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Thank you, Hampden Meadows - Part 1

Last week, I had one of the most amazing author visit EVER!

Hampden Meadows School in Barrington, Rhode Island, knows how to do it right.

Talk about preparation!

Talk about excitement!

Every fourth grade class had read my books, discussed my books, and made fantastic projects based on my books.

It was an author's dream come true, that's for sure.

When you're greeted by this, you know you're in for a great day.

Me with school librarian, Melanie Roy (right), who is smart, kind, funny, enthusiastic and passionate about books and reading. The energy in her library is amazing.

Mrs. Carroll's students interviewing me for Kids' Corner.

Melanie Roy (left), me, and reading specialist Cara Sanchez (right).

Tomorrow I'm going to share the amazing projects the students worked on.

And here they are: the 4th grade students of Hampden Meadows 

Mrs. Waring's class

Mrs. Burrows' class

Mrs. Ginalski's class

Mr. Farley's class

Ms. Wilson's class

Mrs. Carroll's class

Mrs. Theroux's class

Mrs. Gluek's class

Mrs. Mitchell's class

Mrs. Bailey's class

Mrs. Clegg's and Mrs. Ingram's class