Wow! What a month it has been! Jam-packed with school visits, signings, and parties for RUMP! We felt very welcomed into the world of books. Thank you to all who have written reviews, spread the word, attended signings, hosted events, and in any way supported me and my little book. Too many people to name!
In the month of April I gave 30 presentations in over 20 schools in Chicago and Salt Lake City. The kids and I had a blast talking about fairytales, where they come from, what they mean, and why they’re still so awesome.
It was amazing to connect with so many kids and experience first hand the enthusiasm for RUMP. So many kids did AMAZING artwork.One school I visited did an entire welcome banner with fantasy pictures worked into the individual letters. I was floored by how awesome it was! Here is L for LIESL! If you look closely you’ll see that it’s Rapunzel in a tower, and the prince (or witch) is climbing her hair.
I was lucky enough to have a launch party here in Chicago at 57th Street Books and also The King’s English in Salt Lake City, my home town. We had amazing turnouts at both events and sold all the RUMPs in a jif! And here’s why…
I HAD GROUPIES!!!
Yes, these two crazy people stood out in the street waiving around these posters during my signing at The King’s English. I have no idea who these nutters are, never mind that one of them looks like my twin.
So it’s been awesome but I have to say—I’m pooped! I’m on my way to a beach where I intend to do nothing. NOTHING!
When I return, I’ll be geared up to celebrate Children’s Book Week here in Chicago! On May 18th at 2PM I’ll be signing at The Magic Tree House in Oak Park with authors Amy Timberlake, Jerome Pohlen, Hilary Wagner, and Andrea Beaty. Wahoo!
And in case you’d like to know what people are saying about RUMP…
“As good as gold.” Kirkus, Starred review
“A beguiling take on a classic tale…this captivating fantasy has action, emotional depth, and lots of humor.”-School Library Journal, Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
“The picaresque-style narrative gives the maligned character a refreshingly plainspoken voice, while honoring the original story’s hauntingly strange events.” –Publisher’s Weekly
“What sets this story apart is its creativity and characters. Never relying on convention, Shurtliff takes the traditional fairy tale and turns it on its head, interspersing humor with tenderness, action with insight.” –BookPage.com