Walking and Talking with Dav Pilkey

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Just finished a new Walking and Talking comic – this time with my son’s favorite author (other than me, I hope) Dav Pilkey! You may need a bit of familiarity with the Captain Underpants books to get some of the gags, but hopefully it works either way. We talk about the origins of Captain Underpants and the many rejections it was met with, and I get the chance to propose to Dav (pronounced like Dave; apparently a pizza restaurant where he worked as a teenager misspelled Dave, and it stuck) my theory about the meaning underlying George and Harold’s mad antics.

 

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On TV in Miami!

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So here’s something new – me on TV! This was at the Miami Book Fair, and PBS did segments with the National Book Award finalists. I got fancy make-up and everything. And the host, Rich Fahle, was very well informed about the book and asked terrific questions.

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Two New Audio Programs

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While I’m plugging away on revising the next book, it’s fun to take short breaks to talk about the books that are already out there. In this audio resource from the amazing Teaching Books website, I give a quick summary of Most Dangerous, and then read a short excerpt.

Then there’s this new segment from Vermont Public Radiosheldon_readers, in which some very thoughtful middle schoolers ask me questions about The Port Chicago 50. At the end of the piece, I read a bit from the book.

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Walking and Talking with Tim Federle

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My newest Walking and Talking comic – with the great Tim Federle – is now up on Betsy’s Bird’s Fuse #8 blog!TimPanel I’m a huge fan of Tim’s NATE novels, and on a recent car trip I got my whole family into the audio book of BETTER NATE THAN EVER. Tim reads – or really, performs – the book, and adds a whole extra dimension to an already moving and hilarious story. In our interview/comic he gets into his switch from Broadway dancer to writer, and his message of hope for miserable middle schoolers everywhere.

 

 

 

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Lies, Legos, and Richard Nixon: A New Book Trailer

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My kids and I have gotten really into Lego animation recently, and I thought I could use our newfound skills to make a sort of book trailer for my new book, Most Dangerous. Basically, I took snippets audio from the Nixon White House tapes – with a focus on the parts where he plots to destroy Daniel Ellsberg – and added Legos. Special thanks to my wife Rachel for building the amazing White House sets.

One word of caution: Nixon does a bit of cursing here, so it may not be fit for very sensitive ears! NixonDesk

 

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PUBLICATION DAY

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Okay, finally, the day is here – Most Dangerous is officially published. We’ll have a launch party tonight at my local bookstore in Saratoga Springs, and then I’ll head out on the road for a tour, speaking at bookstores and schools. For more info on stops, check out my events page.

Also, I’ve been lucky to have my last few books made into audio books, and I just got to hear some of the new recording of Most Dangerous. It sounds really cool, if I say so. I love how good actors can bring a whole new element to the story.

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New Comic / Washington Post

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After a pretty long break from the Walking and Talking comics (trying to finish up a first draft of the next book) I’m back to it this month with a new one starring the Deborah Wiles!

11222141_10206302132084508_4241734748628360467_oAnd in other news, the release date for Most Dangerous inches closer. I just saw this great new review in today’s Washington Post. The reactions so far have been amazing… and still, I’m nervous about sending the book out into the world…

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Three Weeks and Counting

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Actual hardcovers just came in the mail yesterday!

This is a first for me: my new book, Most Dangerous, has now gotten six starred reviews. A couple of new ones, this one, from the Horn Book, and this one, in Shelf Awareness, are especially rewarding because they really hit on exactly what I was going for in the book. Just three weeks now until the official publication date. Yes, I’m pretty nervous about sending my kid out there into the world…

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Five Questions with the Horn Book

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I’m really happy to participate again in the Horn Book’s great Five Questions feature, this time about my new book Most Dangerous. When I saw the questions I was seriously impressed by how thoughtful and challenging they were. You can read the whole interview here.

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Another good review for MOST DANGEROUS

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Getting a bit closer to the release date for the new book, Most Dangerous, and the reviews are coming in. So far the news has been good: starred reviews in Booklist, Kirkus, VOYA, and this one from Publishers Weekly.

NixonDesk Next up – I’m working on a Lego animation book trailer, using the Nixon tapes as a soundtrack… more on that soon.

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