A really cool book!

Tara Walker from Kids Can Press just sent me a copy of My Mother Is a French Fry and Further Proof of My Fuzzed-Up Life written by Colleen Sydor. I can’t wait to read it. It looks like such an incredibly fun book. Here’s a really funny passage from page 11:

“I stop writing my assignment and look over at our lovely teacher, Ms. Schmalza. Ever watch Peanuts when you were a kid — you know, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, the whole enchilada? If so, you might remember Charlie’s monotone, megaphone-mouth teacher (Charles Schultz was clearly inspired when he came up with that character — the guy obviously had the misfortune of being a student once himself). Anyway, everything that spilled out of that old bat’s mouth sounded the same, sort of like “Waw-Waw-Waaw-Wwaaw Wa-Wa-Waaw-Wwaaw Waw-Waw-Waaw-Wwaaw Waw-Waw-Waaw-Wwaaw Waw-Waw-Waaw-Wwaaw Waw-Waw-Waaw-Wwaaw Waw-Waw-Waaw-Wwaaw Waw-Waw.” That’s pretty much the way most teachers sound (in particular, Ms. Schmalza) once you’ve acquired the fine art of successfully tuning them out.”

I’ve read Colleen’s picture books (Camilla Chameleon and Raising a Little Stink), so I’m really excited to see where she takes this young adult novel.

Tara has edited some incredible books including the Scaredy Squirrel series and The Mad Adventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones series. I have to tip my hat to her for being such an Editing Genius. As readers, you and I aren’t really privy to what goes on during the writing and editing process of a book, but it sure involves a lot of hard work from both the writer and the editor.

Colleen’s book is going to be so awesome–I can totally tell. I’ll let you know how it goes once I’m finished reading it.