My friend Lois had told me about this book when she heard the author at TLA. Kathleen and Boris were signing, so I grabbed a copy for me and for Lois. This story, related in rhyme, tells of Joseph Pujol who earned fame and some fortune as an artist of the fart at the Moulin Rouge in the 1850s. The illustrations convey the humor nicely. They are broad but not over the top if you see the distinction. I think this will become a hugely popular read aloud. BTW, the book came with a whoopee cushion. SCORE! Thanks David Gale (Simon and Schuster, 2008) for waving me over for this treat.
At the preconference on Friday, Jon Scieszka read from his forthcoming book, KNUCKLEHEAD: TALL TALES AND MOSTLY TRUE STORIES ABOUT GROWING UP SCIESZKA. The cover is fantastic and the contents even better. In some ways it reminds me of Bill Sleator's ODDBALLS, his own collection of stories from his childhood. Chapter 8,Crossing Swords, is hilarious as is a later chapter about an ill-fated car trip with a puking cat. This one will be out in the fall from Penguin.
In a few hours, I head off to the Newbery Dinner as a guest of Scholastic and Christopher Paul Curtis. SQUEE!