In Which I Almost Puke in Front of a Class

My wife and I recently had a new baby, which means I have momentarily become terrible at organizing my schedule.  Case in point, a few weeks ago, I had a Skype visit planned with the great Eric Carlson (@buffaloteacher), a Minnesota teacher who has read Peter Nimble to his class for the last three years.  I love Skyping, especially for teachers as awesome as Mr. C!  Here's a picture I drew of him last year as a zombie: 

Mr Carlson 2

So this year we had our annual Skype visit lined up, and Mr. C had his class all excited.  Witness some awesome pictures they drew in preparation: 




But on the day we were set to Skype ... I FORGOT ABOUT IT ENTIRELY![1. see previous point about the newborn]

Mr Carlson's class was very forgiving, but I felt like I had to make it up to them.  

So when we had our visit the following week, I added a little "punishment" for myself.  I spread out a whole bunch of food from my fridge along with a bowl and spoon [2. Ingredients: Crispix, milk, maple syrup, soy sauce, catsup, mustard, ranch dressing, chocolate chips, croutons, banana peppers (and juice!), chocolate frosting, parmesan cheese.]. After each kid asked a question, I let them instruct me to put one ingredient into the bowl and promised to eat it at the end.  Here's what it looked like:


I had promised to eat the entire bowl, but when push-came-to-shove, I could barely get down a single (heaping) spoonful ... I may have even thrown up in my mouth a little bit while saying goodbye.  

All in all, I'd say it was an AWESOME Skype visit! 

PETER NIMBLE is an ABA New Voices Pick!

Every year, the American Bookseller's Association selects ten children's books from debut authors for their New Voices list.  I am delighted to announce that Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes made the cut!!!

In fact, little ol' Abrams had THREE different authors on the list!  Julie Sternberg's Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie and Troy Howell's The Dragon of Cripple Creek were also honored!  To see the full ABA New Voices list, click the thumbnail.  Then go out and hug an independent bookseller!


Also, I should remind readers that today is the LAST DAY to enter to win an awesome Peter Nimble T-Shirt! All you have to do is leave a Peter Nimble review (good or bad) at Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble. Every review you submit counts as an entry, so you can triple your chances by doing all three.  Now get reviewing![1. for official giveaway rules, click here.]