It’s just as cold as February here in Minneapolis. March didn’t come in like a lion at all — the lion is still hunkered down for the winter. By the end of the month, though, it’ll officially be spring, kids will be unpacking their baseball gloves, lilac bushes will be in full bloom, and lambs will be grazing once again on the newly green lawn. Figuratively speaking, of course.
Two reviews of Mudville became officially available today, though not online to non-subscribers, which is too bad, because they are good ones. Here are the best bits, though:
“Scaletta’s debut is a gift from the baseball gods.” – Booklist
“Readers will cheer Roy on as he struggles to get his team in shape, clicks with a girl who is new to the game but turns out to have an unhittable natural screwball, and weathers some rough waters with moody Sturgis on the way to a rousing climax.” – School Library Journal
I’m also happy to report on my launch party at the Red Balloon, which went well thanks to the wonderful people at the store and the many friends and family members who showed up, including kids from Guys Read, cousins-in-law, former English professors, and various and miscellaneous people I know from jobs, blogs, and the local children’s book writing community.
Besides sharing a few passages from Mudville and signing dozens of books — including a few for actual kids — I loved seeing (and later eating) a terrific Mudville cake provided by the bookstore. I like how they played up on a passage from the book with the “Welcome to Moundville” message.
I also got to sign “the chair,” a marvelous piece of furniture that the store has had signed by all their visiting authors and illustrators. Actually this is the third chair, since they get maxed out, and the new chair only has a handful of names on it. I still signed my name near Louis Sachar, Tomie de Paola, and Mo Willems: pretty good company.