Despite the seemingly endless lines of people waiting to meet them, all were extremely gracious and polite. And yes, Jon Scieszka is funny even if you only have time to shake hands and exchange a few words. Of course, it helps that he was handing out fake noses and mustaches!
Mr. Scieszka was at BEA to promote his latest project, Guys Read: Funny Business, a collection of funny stories edited by Scieszka. It wasn't until I reached home that I realized that in addition to Jon Scieszka, my book is autographed by Mac Barnett (Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale Problem), David Lubar, and Adam Rex. I think they were standing right there and I didn't recognize them - silly me! Adam Rex is the author of one of the funniest children's novels that I've ever read, The True Meaning of Smekday! David Lubar is also consistently funny, as is Barnett.
Carmen Agra Deedy was signing copies of last year's stellar contribution to children's literature, the child-accessible 9/11 themed book, 14 Cows for America. I can't say enough about it. I'm also a big fan of Martina the Beautiful Cockroach.
Floyd Cooper is the illustrator of countless children's books, including 2009's The Blacker the Berry, for which he won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator award. He was there to promote his latest collaboration, Ruth and the Green Book, written by Calvin Alexander Ramsey.
Look for reviews of these and other great new titles soon - as soon as I unpack all this stuff I brought home!
In the meantime, enjoy this trailer for Guys Read: Funny Business.