Sometimes a letter from a reader makes me pick up an old book, leaf through the pages. Often there’s a surprise. This one reminded of a song we used to sing long ago on the Adelphi Road of my childhood.
Hello my name is Ali and ı am 10 years old, I read your book the mummy mystery and I want to give my opinion:
The book was great because they have to find the mummy mystery and they never heard any mummies in their neighborhood. My favorite character was joey because he was so brave and smart but he was a child and a detective he could find and clue for the missing things. Thats why I loved your book.
I replied . . .
Thank you for your kind note. It is a gift to me — to hear what a reader like you thinks about one of my books.
I’m glad that you enjoyed Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Mummy Mystery.
As a little boy, my brothers used to sing that song to me:
“Nobody likes me,
Everybody hates me,
Guess I’ll go eat worms.
First you peel the skin off,
then you chew the guts up,
I always remembered that (gross) song. Years later, when it was time to write this book, I decided to put that song into it. That’s how writing often works for me. The small memories, the little events, the details of our lives help us compose the stories that make sense of our past.
And Ali wrote back with a correction . . .
I am so excited to receive a response back from you, I never thought I would get a reply from the author of the book I read! I am thrilled!
I am really glad that you liked my opinion. I had some mistakes in the email I sent. My favorite character was Jigsaw but i accidentally wrote Joey.
A FREE VIRTUAL EVENT
The Rochester Children’s Book Festival goes VIRTUAL this Saturday, November 6th for a full day of FREE panel discussions and readings with a diverse assortment of children’s book writers and illustrators.
I’ll be staggering around in Room 2 at 2:00pm, moderating a (hopefully!) lively and (hopefully!) entertaining conversation about chapter books and series writing with Michelle Knudsen, Laurie Calkhoven, and Judy Bradbury. See below for a full list of participating authors and events.
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Here’s the schedule for the day:
Read To Me Corner – Picture Book Stories Read By The Author
Picture Books: How Are You Feeling? Coping With Emotions
Graphic Fiction: Drawing Demonstration (Interactive – Pencil And Paper Required)
For Our Younger Book Lovers: Stories and Songs (Interactive)
Fantastical Fantasy for Middle Grade Readers
Vivian Vande Velde
Historical Fiction – Fact and Fiction Storytelling
Susan Williams Beckhorn
Diverse Themes in Middle Grade Literature
MJ and Herm Auch
Leslie C. Youngblood
How Authors Use Poetry and Verse To Tell A Story
Linda Sue Park
Picture Books: Fiction and Non-Fiction
Get Hooked on Chapter Books: Mysteries, Non-Fiction, and Humor
Doing It All: Writing and Illustrating Your Books
How Picture Book Authors and Illustrators Work Together
How To Write Non- Fiction That Middle Graders Want To Read
Read To Me Corner – Picture Book Stories Read by the Author
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Oh happiness. It’s publication day for Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Hat Burglar, illustrated by R.W. Alley. A book dedicated to the memory of a local elementary teacher, Chris Porter, gone too soon. Chris was a supporter, a reader, a book lover, one of my peeps. I sat in to observe in her classroom many times, just an insightful, caring, highly skilled teacher. So I’m especially glad to see this little book go out into the world. In addition, four more Jigsaw Jones titles have been revised and updated and are now back in print: The Case of the Bear Scare, Vanishing Painting, Haunted Scarecrow, and Golden Key. You need to buy every single one.
So, like, what are you waiting for?
Wow, look at this . . .
This cover is not absolutely final, but it’s getting there.
After being out of print and largely unavailable for several years, four titles come roaring back — led by a brand new story, The Case from Outer Space.
Look for them this August, brought to you by the good folks at Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.
I’m especially grateful to the classroom teachers and school librarians who have kept these books alive and in the hands of young readers for the past 20 years.
I can’t wait to visit elementary schools and talk Jigsaw, and mysteries, and the love of reading with the early chapter book crowd.