Friday, July 27, 2012

The Kirkus Book Review is Here!

I'll be honest. I was quite nervous when I realized Kirkus Reviews was officially reviewing my book. How would I stomach a bad review, even if it was from a company who calls itself the world's toughest book critic and has become infamous for comments like this one from author and publicist Laura Zigman in this New York Times article: "When I was a book publicist, the worst part of my job was having to read a Kirkus review over the phone to an author. 2 cigs before, 2 after." 

The review ended up being just one more affirmation that we're really onto something here. That's just what I needed as I put the finishing touches on Part 2 of Attack of the Chicken Nugget Man.  Now, we just need some publicity. Anybody know of a celebrity willing to endorse a hilarious educational children's book for free? 

Anyway, here's what Kirkus had to say about Part 1:

"The latest in Sathy’s (Attack of the Chicken Nugget Man: A California CST Adventure, 2009, etc.) series of test prep titles disguises educational tips in a funny middle-grade reader.
Chris Robb’s day is off to an inauspicious start when he accidentally wears his sister’s pink socks to school, and only goes downhill from there. Chris isn’t the best of students and his inability to focus and remember the most basic things—like his teacher’s absurd name, Ms. Bubblebrain—gets him into constant trouble. Between Chris and his colorful cast of classmates, Ms. Bubblebrain can hardly keep order. Scenarios, such as the entire class falling down like a row of dominoes when a panicked Chris runs right into his teacher, are illustrated in a high quality black-and-white cartoon style. The funny, well-illustrated story will likely appeal to struggling readers and is certainly much more entertaining than typical test prep materials."
-Kirkus Reviews

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Couldn't Help But Post This Letter

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There are letters from kids that tell me how much they love Ms. Bubblebrain, the Chicken Nugget Man, Kung Fu Katie, or other characters from my books. There are letters forcefully demanding that I use that child's name in my next book. And there are letters that ask me so many questions about my writing that I would never find the time to answer every single one. But every once in a while, there's a letter that is so simply written, so beautifully sincere, that it puts my job into perspective.  In any case, I generally send a signed picture of myself on a colorful postcard to anyone who takes the time to write me a letter. This one, well, this one I couldn't help but share.  It's sad, it's sweet, and it's so completely unique, but as much as it made me feel bad, it kept a smile on my face for the rest of the day because this kid has a great sense of humor.