Recently, I went to speak at Baranoff Elementary as part of their Authors Workshop. I taught two creative writing classes to 9-12 year olds.
As I finished the second successful session, in which we ended the hour with
the kids’ original hit single, “The Poo-Poo Matter”, a woman approached me about writing children’s books. I told her I hadn’t had any published, but that it was definately a dream of mine. She told me she was a published children’s author, and that RADIATION MAN was a book. She has already contacted Holt Rinehart in New York, and they are eager to hear my songs and stories.
Let me just say this: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWAHOOOOOOOO!
If you could see me, you would know I am grinning a mile wide and jumping up and down. I can already envision RADIATION MAN as a pop-up or 3D book! Wouldn’t that be the cat’s meow and beyond?! And I can see my LEGEND OF THE RAINSTICK beautifully illustrated by Tomie de Paola…or Chris Babcock illustrating CANTALOUPE.
This enthusiastic woman, Dianna Aston, has a new book out called LOONY LITTLE.
It’s really beautiful and the story is based on a Chicken Little type theme, only Loony Little thinks the Polar Ice Cap is melting (which, as we all know, it REALLY IS!!) Check it out if you have kids and support her in her dream! Her site is:
I will write more here in my journal once I know more. Or maybe I’ll just write more because I can. Or maybe I can turn a coffee can into an empty can and make ice cream. Or maybe a can-can is in order to celebrate the Martin Luther King man! What say you, gentle reader?