Often after a school visit I’ll receive a large package of thank you letters. Usually I’ll respond with one “thank-you-for-the-thank-you letters” letter, but not always. Especially this time of year, or when I get overwhelmed with work and letters, time slips away and schools closes.
I realize how lucky I am, how fortunate, and I hope that readers understand how much I appreciate all of this great stuff that comes my way. Feeling blessed.
Anyway, I wanted to share a few highlights from a wonderful package sent from Minisink Valley. At the risk of sounding my own horn, here’s the (classy, handwritten) note from Trinke O’Connor that I found on top of the pile:
This one from Sierra really caught my eye . . .
Here, take a closer look at that joyous self portrait . . .
She’s a writer, just like me. And while I realize that she was drawing a pair of glasses, they made her look like a superhero. And in case you missed this detail, Sierra had a suggestion . . .
I loved this one from Kelsi for the energetic artwork . . . Jigsaw Jones and Mila Yeh!
And I have to say, this simple mistake by a very kind lad named Kevin made me smile . . .
“You are my biggest fan.”
Yes I am, Kevin. Yes, I am!
Here’s one from Skylar, who appears to be hooked on my “Scary Tales” books . . .
And another “Scary Tales” fan in Elizabeth . . .
Here’s a sweet illustration from Alyse, who likes Jigsaw Jones and Scary Tales. Note the smart thing she did, copying the style of the “Scary Tales” covers by drawing in black-and-white and then adding just a splash of color. Smart and perceptive, Alyse! To answer your question, yes, I just finished writing Scary Tales #6: Swamp Monster! Guess what? It’s in a swamp! And there’s a monster!
Check out this killer, blown-up detail of the one-eyed doll . . .
I don’t think it’s practical for me to share every letter — and I do feel badly by highlighting only a few — but the internet only has so much space. I’ll wrap this up with a cool illustration from Holden . . .