I draw upon my teaching experience to create educational books that bring laughter back to the classroom (and the kitchen table). When I first began teaching, I discovered how difficult it was to find educational books that my students actually wanted to read.

I started writing my own novellas after work, sharing the fresh chapters with my students, never disclosing the fact that I was the author. Their reactions, their uncontrollable laughter, their frustration when it was time to stop reading, and their genuine interest long after the bell had rung, were enough to convince me that I was onto something.

My first book, Attack of the Chicken Nugget Man: A North Carolina EOG Adventure, was published in 2009. It received a children's book award in 2010. I have since published 4 additional books in the series and am working on a sequel.  

How to Pronounce My Name: Kumar Sathy

I get lots of emails and questions (especially during author visits) about how to pronounce my name correctly.  It's kind of hard to introduce a book to a class if you can't pronounce the author's name, and more importantly, it's hard to introduce an AUTHOR to a class if you can't pronounce his name. So, here we go.  When I get around to recording it, I'll put an audio link up here. Until then, you'll have to deal with a really weird description. 

For my first name, "Kumar," just pretend the "u" isn't there.  Too many people pronounce it Kooooooooomar.  Not cool.  It's more like K'mar, but not kay-mar.  The "u" is more like the "u" in the word "push," and the "mar" is pronounced as it looks, kind of like the word "mark" without the "k" at the end.

My last name, "Sathy," is easy. It's pronounced like the name "Cathy" but with an "S" instead of a "C."  The "Sath" rhymes with "Math" and the "y" is the same sound as the "y" in the word "happy."  Sheesh, it would have been easier and less embarrassing to just record my name. 

Some of my Favorite Songs
  • Marching Bands Of Manhattan by Death Cab For Cutie
  • The Wrestle by Frightened Rabbit
  • Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
  • Girls Like You by The Naked and Famous
  • Sweet Disposition by The Temper trap
  • Insomnia by Electric President
  • Say by John Mayer
    Spiders by Say Hi
  • Stole My Heart by Little & Ashley
  • Let Go by Frou Frou
  • Swim Until You Can't See Land by Frightened Rabbit
  • The Queen and the Soldier by Suzanne Vega
  • Love Like A Sunset Part II by Phoenix
  • Good to Sea by Pinback
  • Latika's Theme by A.R. Rahman
  • B Film by Faded Paper Figures
  • Honey and the Moon by Joseph Arthur
  • Gotta Have You by the Weepies
  • Evaporated by Ben Folds Five
  • Take it From Me by The Weepies
  • Zero to Love by Say Hi
  • Bright Red Helmet by Styrofoam
  • Changed by Faded Paper Figures
  • Magic Beans and Truth Machines by Say Hi
  • Sleeping In by Postal Service
  • Keep the Car Running by Arcade Fire
  • When the Book Ends by Faded Paper Figures

What I'm Working On

I've written a new book. Read all about the development and early student responses (they have no idea that I'm the author) here. Part 2 of Attack of the Chicken Nugget Man is also in production.

I'm also developing lesson plans, educational projects, and ancillary materials for the new National Version of Attack of the Chicken Nugget Man! Woo-hoo! Aligned to the new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts, this book was a long time coming!

I'm so excited about the new Common Core Standards (they sure make my job easier), but don't worry, as long as funding permits (the publisher is a nonprofit agency), I'll keep pumping out state versions. As an educator, I understand the value of having resources aligned to your state's standards, especially states that don't have a large variety of vendors interested in creating materials for them.

I'm also developing some creative solutions to the homework dilemma! Visit FunTestPrep.com for progress. Soon, a Resources link will be added to the site and everything from sample tests (with a humorous twist) to creative homework will be available FOR FREE!

I tutor students at a local after-school center and use the opportunity to test out new educational activities and draft manuscripts.  No matter how many innovative activities I create for them, the Chicken Nugget Man manuscripts are the biggest hit.  

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Weird Facts About Me
  • The first time I walked into an elementary classroom to teach a lesson, a student kept a hand raised, interrupting me and demanding attention until I finally yielded.  "Mr. Sathy," the student explained, "your shirt's on inside-out."
  • My favorite place to write is on airplanes, especially international flights. My second favorite spot is aboard cruise ships (a rare treat).    
  • When I was 20 years old, I was chosen to give the opening statement at a meeting about sweatshop labor with nine other students, several members of the Department of Labor, and Gene Sperling (Chief Economic Advisor to then President Clinton) in the White House.  
  • I've never had a headache in my life. Seriously, I have no idea what one feels like.
  • Until I was 12, I thought velvet came from rabbits (thanks to the book, "The Velveteen Rabbit")
  • I've never scraped my knee.
  • I'm Indian (as in the Asian subcontinent). That's not a weird fact, but it's just a fact.  I was born and raised in the US, though. My parents and sister were born in South India.  We belong to a caste called Chettiars, historically, bankers and jewelry traders. 
  • I won a children's book award!
  • When I was 16, I challenged tradition by selecting to read a Dr. Seuss book (Horton Hatches an Egg) into the poetry category of a public speaking tournament...and won 1st place.
  • I can't wink.  Seriously, I'm completely incapable of it.
  • I came up with the idea of the Chicken Nugget Man while eating chicken nuggets and rushing to write a quick story for my next group of students on a lunch break my second year of teaching. In the story, the Chicken Nugget Man wreaked havoc upon E.L. Connally Elementary School and escaped on a banana, only to be charged with Grand Theft Banana.  Laughter ensued.  And an award-winning book series was born.
  • I speak four languages (Tamil, Thai, Spanish, and English).  My Thai is a little rusty, but it only takes about a week in Thailand for it to get back to proficient. I can bargain, order food, and even read most of the writing (which has no spaces, consists of about 60 letters, and is a tonal language with four tone marks).
  • I still have the first book I ever wrote (in fourth grade...about  a group of mischievous elves). It's absolutely horrible.  And no, you can't borrow it.
  • I have an incomprehensible infatuation with silly socks. I have a weird collection of hundreds of socks: socks with mustaches, glow-in-the-dark skeleton socks, and even socks with teeth for toes and eyes for ankle bones.  Is it any wonder why the Chicken Nugget Man in my book eats what he eats?
  • My first car was an orange 2003 Volkswagon New Beetle Convertible. Really, orange.  
  • By the time I graduated from high school, I had amassed 1,000 hours of community service (spread between the Pediatrics and Radiology departments of a local hospital, a nursing home, and lots of organizations around the country).
  • My senior year of college, I was announced as one of 30 national finalists for the prestigious Watson Fellowship, based on my proposal called: Seeking Solace in Story: Researching the Role of Children's Stories in Helping Children Negotiate Conflict Around the World.  Twenty-five students were chosen nationwide among the finalists and my proposal was ultimately not chosen. What a bummer.  Within a week of the bad news, I received a letter congratulating me on being accepted as a second grade teacher in Atlanta through the Teach for America program. Oddly enough, 10 years later, I find myself having a career that is a healthy blend between both the Fellowship Proposal and Teach for America.  It's funny how life works sometimes.
  • Once, on a visit to Indonesia (where I don't speak a word of the language), I went to a restaurant and was so hungry and clueless that, even though there were no pictures on the menu or anything in English, I just pointed to a string of Indonesian words and gave them my money.  I had no idea what I had ordered (or if it was even food for that matter), but I was hungry and had no choice. It ended up being the most delicious thing I had eaten in months. To this day, I have absolutely no idea what it was.  I am relatively certain it wasn't Kangaroo Casserole. 

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