One never knows where we'll find the next Grommet. While our hard-working Discovery team reads countless idea submissions and researches fascinating products and companies from across the globe, sometimes they just walk right into our backyard. Sort of.
A few weeks ago, I noticed our fave local bookstore, The Wellesley Booksmith, was hosting a "meet the author" event with Megan McDonald. We LOVE Megan's Judy Moody and Stink series (!), so we grabbed a quick lunch after my son's baseball game and hustled to a local elementary school gym to hear Megan speak. Within about a minute, we were taken in by Megan's adorable personality and hilarious (especially if you are 6-10 years old) stories. As I listened to her endearing stories about her own collections and the funny things she and her sisters did growing up, I thought what a gift she and her books are to my children and so many others.
And then she mentioned she had a new book coming out on July 28 (hey! that's today!), and I thought "bingo- Megan's new book would be the perfect summer reading Grommet!" I whipped out my trusty Blackberry (I think my kids would have another name for it other than "trusty" - try "boring") and emailed Joanne about the idea; she quickly wrote back to say she loved it. So, after Megan ended her talk -- as we prepared to march to the local library for Screaming Mimi ice cream and her book signing -- I introduced myself to the lovely Laura Rivas, Megan's publicist with Candlewick Press. She was as excited as I was to meet, as she knew all about Daily Grommet. The rest, as they say, is history.
I invite you to check out our homepage today and watch the video. We sent Megan one of our flip video cameras, and she shot a tour of her home studio as well as a sneak peak of her newest tale. My children (ages 7 and 9) have read each and every one of her books, including an advance copy of Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt. In their opinion, the books are "rare" and "way not boring". If you're looking for some fun summer reading, be sure to check 'em out.
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