Which is what Little Man learned today.
Tom Angleberger, the author of the Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back, was absolutely fantastic. Some authors don't have much of a stage presence, but he isn't one of them. He drew pictures, he talked for an hour and was engaging the whole time, and we all got to make our own origami Yodas. He signed all three of Little Man's books and drew pictures in them and I don't think Little Man stopped smiling all day. Even when he had to go read under a tree for an hour while I waited for The Bloggess to sign my copy of her book.
And I learned that Jenny Lawson is so awesome that she had a police escort/standby/handler team the whole time she was speaking and signing books. And she's so hysterical that they had a hard time keeping a straight face while she joked about taking drugs. It was awesome. If for some strange reason you live under a rock and haven't heard of her (her book debuted at #1 on the NYT Bestseller list for non-fiction), and you have a good tolerance for colorful language and zany crude humor, go. Get her book and read it. Make sure your bladder is empty. You will laugh until you cry and then laugh some more. You can thank me later.
We came home with books for everyone in the family, most of them signed by their authors, a young boy who talked with a new sci fi/fantasy author about time travel and his books for a full 35 minutes, sore feet and a slight sunburn. A beautiful day indeed.
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