The book LOVES to fly. But it insists on sitting in the captain’s seat.
Just a quick note about how much fun it was to visit North Carolina. I want to thank all the students who voted for the book and the wonderful librarians who spend so much time and effort in support of reading in the schools. I heard so many wonderful stories about how The Book That Eats People is never shelved because it just keeps going right back out. And for some kids their love of this highly imaginative book may be just the thing to get them looking for their next book and their next.
It was also nice to meet the author of the book, John Perry. Most often when I illustrate a picture book I never meet the author of the book. Usually a publisher combines the author and illustrator ‘team’ to create the book and the illustrator and author may never even talk.
In North Carolina John Perry and I co-signed many copies of the book together for the first time. In the past when we have signed books at school and libraries we’ve been separated by about, oh, 2,500 miles. But for the first time in North Carolina, copies of the book have both of our scribbling in them.
Thanks to everyone involved for making it such a pleasant visit. And those butter cookies are really good!