Friday, April 27, 2012

A few things that made me happy this week

Thing 1: Stephen Colbert continues to demonstrate his respect for the children's book world by acting in character like he doesn't get it at all. His picture book I am a Pole and So Can You comes out May 8. Colbert celebrated by interviewing the embodiment of joy that is (the apparently potty-mouthed) Julie Andrews. There is discourse. There is singing. There is delight. (See if you can spot the one throwaway line that made me less than happy. Et tu, Julie?)

Thing 2: Charlie Kaufman, best-known for writing in a quirky manner about book-to-film adaptations and about people going  inside each other's heads, is going to write the film version of the Chaos Walking trilogy. It's a match made in Haven. (Sorry.)

Thing 3: Dr. Seuss. In space.

Thing 4: Fresh off the NESCBWI conference, I've done some examining of a character who had me perplexed, and I'm pleased to find that she's turned out more assertive than I might consciously have made her, and I think it works, at least for this draft. You go, girl! Now to stick you in some awkward situations...

Hope you've all had happy weeks!


  1. Excellent spotting job. And maybe that's true in many cases, but I know one (dress-wearing, scooter-loving, stereotype-busting) three-year-old girl who would definitely argue.

  2. Hurrahs all around! I loved that Julie Andrews interview. I've always wanted to just sit on her lap and have her read Mandy to me, and now that I know she's a pottymouth, I love her even more, and I've given up on my plans to stop sounding like a sailor. If Maria von Trapp can do it, so can I.