Tuesday, January 12, 2010
PAUL BUNYAN Arrives!
Very exciting day as I just received my comp copies of The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan, which is now on sale, in gorgeous hardcover library binding and spiffy paperback format, from Stone Arch Books.
This book was a joy to write, from start to finish. The giant lumberjack, and Babe the Blue Ox, have been favorite characters of mine for as long as I can remember. This is probably the most fun I've ever had being paid to write a book.
Several other American States lay claim to Paul and Babe, such as Maine, Washington, and Northern California, but as a transplanted resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota--which I very much consider my new hometown--I decided early on that my Paul would be a Minnesotan through and through. Last summer Lisa and I even made the journey to fabled Paul Bunyan Land, in Brainerd, MN, for the sole purpose of meeting Paul and Babe in person, and to have my photo taken with the bigger-than-life celebrities for the About the Author Page.
Here's a link in case you missed our adventures on that glorious day:
(Click on the photos for a much larger, Paul Bunyan-sized image!)
Although I've always been reluctant to say, I must finally cheerfully admit this is my favorite of the many children's books I've written. It is fabulously illustrated by Aaron Blecha (who also provided pictures for my The Ugly Duckling) and imaginatively edited and designed by Donald Lemke and Bob Lentz. Special thanks to Michael Dahl, too, who continues to help make my literary dreams come true.
Whether you discover this book at the library or generously decide to purchase a copy to keep at home on the shelf, I sincerely hope you'll love spending time with Paul and Babe as much as I did.