So with James Preller's visit just over a week away, I've been preparing the kids with a preview of his new book and some background info from his blog. Mighty Casey is to be released on March 3 which just happens to be the day of the visit, so we were able to get our hands on a galley copy of the new book.
I've been reading it in THE PIT over the last rotation of days and it's been a hit. The kids laugh at the right places, like when the left fielder answers the call of nature in left field, and they get excited when the Delmar Dogs tie the game. In fact, the wave has been known to break out in THE PIT!
Matthew Cordell's illustrations are simple and fun to look at, the younger kids love reading the sound words like POW! When the big hit is made...and yes... they read it loudly and with great feeling. Makes a librarian proud. Oh, and for the record, this book would have been PICK FROM THE PIT regardless of whether James Preller was coming to town or not.
I'll be presenting at the big Lit Conference in Dublin tomorrow, visiting authors include Barbara O'Connor, Johanna Hurwitz, and the Sisters, just to name a few. I'm looking forward to it, and maybe I'll run into some of you there, be sure to say hello if you see me!