Shhh...don't tell the wife but, this afternoon, I went on a book-buying binge. Whenever I start feeling down — and I have been lately — picture books and Hot Wheel cars provide a quick picker-upper.
After checking my mailbox this afternoon, I started feeling better. Inside, there was a a little somethin'-somethin' waiting for me. It was from my licensing agent. The fleece and flannel fabric has done well! A celebration was in order, so first thing I did was call the wife to see if she'd be available for lunch. She was, so we sat and chatted over Chinese at Suzie's. Afterwards, I dropped her off back at work, and then I snuck over to Book People. I wanted to pick up a copy of Flotsam, the new Caldecott winner.
Originally, I'd set out to buy this book last summer, following all the buzz. But after I saw it...well, um, I didn't especially like it. Don't throw rocks at me, art is subjective. Not to diss Mr. W, I'm a big fan of his work, and I know he's way, WAY out of my league. But I like quirky, oddly distinctive styles of art in picture books. Left field stuff. That, or jaw-dropping gorgeous.
Regardless, today I decided to purchase it anyway, I mean, it is a Caldecott-winning book, and Mr. W is a three-time winner. Thing is, just as soon as I had the book comfortably tucked away under my arm, guess what I spied? Probuditi! by Chris Van Allsburg! Wow! Was this book on the Caldecott short list? Whether or not, I picked it up. If one book would make me feel better, then two would have me pimp-skipping out of the store.
As I readied myself to leave, satisfied with my finds, I discovered another: Bigger Than Daddy. Cool, cool, cool, cool, and quirky as all get-out. Just like I like. I had to put Flotsam back on the shelf. And on my way out, I snatched up a signed copy of Penny from Heaven. Not exactly my typical choice, but my intention is to read a Newbery honored book.
Well, they finally made me do it, update to the new Blogger. I didn't want to, but it started getting to the point that I couldn't get logged in. Sigh. The old one worked just fine. And where the heck's my old posts? And why do I need labels?