Sunday, March 27, 2011

A visit with Dallas Clayton!

Hot diggety dog! Dallas Clayton of An Awesome Book and An Awesome Book of Thanks did, actually really really did, come to visit Austin Tinkering School and friends last Saturday. As events go, it could not have been less sacharine or more genuine and buoyant and down-to-earth.... well, as down to earth as a reading could be that's up in a tree:Oh yes he did do the reading up in the tree. Also, I just have to say, before he had officially arrived, as people were just kind of milling around and I was trying not to act as nervous and spazzy as I felt, I saw him out of the corner of my eye skateboarding in the distance, just killing a few minutes before the reading.... a rather cool thing for an author/illustrator to be doing....
My son Jack really cozied up to him and sometimes I can get nervous that he's just coming on too strong, but Dallas really had excellent style in dealing with the kids, he was really funny and laid back. Jack started pantomiming the words to the book as he read them and Dallas just took it in stride and played into it, it was great. And then when it was time to give out the books he said, "I think people appreciate things when they earn them. So we have to think of a way for you to earn these books... " and they decided that he and Jack would have a tree climbing race, and if Dallas won he could keep the books, and if Jack won then everyone there would get a free book. I suppose you can guess how that turned out:

And then to top it all off he had some friends with him who played us some songs about pirates and such, it was, how shall I say, what's the word I am looking for here..... AWESOME. Yeah, that's it.

So the event came off very nicely, everyone had a wonderful time. On a personal note I had a bit of a junior high school regression which I did not foresee, where I was just feeling strongly that they were the cool kids and I just really wanted to fade into the background and admire them from afar. I had this really embarassing moment where some people were urging me to go over and get my picture taken with Dallas and I really didn't want to and my husband Matt said, "Kami, you really should. Just do it. Dallas! Hey, Dallas!" and I completely spazzed out and was all, "MATT!! NO!!!" And then of course I was kicking myself all day that I didn't just go ahead and do it. When will I learn, I really can hang out with the cool kids, I Can, I Can.....

I already do!

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