Four funny guys...
One awesome time!
Yup... Sooper pal and National Ambassador of Children's Literature Jon Scieszka (Stinky Cheese Man, Time Warp Trio) rolled into town along with David Shannon (No David, Too Many Toys), Adam Rex (Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, True Meaning of Smek Day) and Mac Barnett (Guess Again, Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem... both illustrated by Adam Rex).
That's right...It's the Four Funny Guys, Two Books Tour and they came to the Northridge Borders Book Store on Tuesday, September 29th to promote ROBOT ZOT, by Mr. Scieszka and illustrated by Mr. Shannon as well as GUESS AGAIN, written by Mr. Barnett and illustrated by Mr. Rex.
-- and I was there to see it all!
IT WAS A MADHOUSE!
First David Shannon got up to read NO, DAVID... which proved that these four funny guys weren't just there to talk about only TWO books! Of course, the kids cracked up at David's hyjinx.
Then Mr. Barnett got up to read the shoot-milk-out-your-nose funny GUESS AGAIN with Mr. Rex providing an assist for us kids in the back!
Then came the artsy fartsy part of the show, where Mr. Rex got up and asked the kids to name not one, but TWO animals. He then proceeded to take those two animals, a panda and a tiger, and draw a tanda... or perhaps it was a piger. A tiganda?
Whatever it was... it was REALLY COOL!
You'd think that'd be enough, right?
Not for these guys. They just KEPT GOING!
Mr. Scieszka jumped up to read from ROBOT ZOT, which rocked everyone's world as well.
Then it was off to sign books for the kids... including me, who brought along my copies of BILLY TWITTERS, SMEK DAY, and FERGUS to get signed.
But wait... you didn't think I'd let these guys get away without drawing me something in the 'ol sketchbook didja?
Actually... Jon DID get away without drawing me something.
But I know where he lives...
PS Did I mention I finally got to meet Dan Santat, too?
PSS Check out the Four Guys blog to see where they'll be next. It's right over HERE.