Archive for June 7, 2024

A Horrifying Way to Kickoff Summer Reading

Good News! Here’s a horrifying way to kick off summer reading and a great gift idea.
In about two weeks, on June 25th, Square Fish/Macmillan will be putting out a 304-page compilation that brings together three of my “Scary Tales” books in one volume: One-Eyed Doll, Nightmareland, and Swamp Monster. All for only $8.99 (cheap!).
   
For this series, I wanted more freedom than I had with Jigsaw Jones (42 books!), so each story features different characters and unique settings. I love that three of these stories can now be read in one big book. Best for grades 3-5, though I’ve met many middle-school readers who’ve loved the books. This larger volume will not look at all “too young” or “babyish,” removing any stigma an older reader might experience reading what looks like an “easy” book. 
I wrote these in the tradition of the great old “high-lo” concept. Fast-paced, high-interest stories, easy to read text, amazing illustrations by Iacapo Bruno, in the hopes of appealing to those hard-to-reach reluctant readers.
Thanks!

Last School Visit of the School Year!

I was feeling pretty drained from yesterday, my last school visit of the year. A hot one! We crammed everybody into the library — four presentations, K-5 — and we all pretty much constantly thought about how nice it would have been to have air conditioning.
I longed for a cool movie theater and a box of Junior Mints.
How on earth do teachers do it?
Drip, drip, drip.
The sound of students melting into puddles on the floor.
As always, but maybe never moreso than today, circa 2024, I am beyond grateful to still be invited into schools to encourage and (hopefully) inspire a love of reading and writing.
I am very aware that a book is nothing without a reader.
P.S.  Yes, please, I am eager to schedule more school visits for 2024-2025 school year, places near and far. Please contact me at jamespreller@aol.com and we can explore how I might be the best fit for your school or school district.