I first heard Mac speak a few years ago at the Nebraska State Reading Association annual convention and was anxious to learn more about him and enjoy his goofball sense of humor!
He started off by reading his newest picture book: The Skunk
Because of the acoustics at The Bookworm, as well as the fact that they were busy with many customers, I did not get the best sound quality. I have added captions to this video, and the ones that follow, for those who might find it helpful.
So many unanswered questions. Who is this skunk? Why is he following the man? Why doesn't he like milk?...or does he just resent being served from a saucer? What's a pocket watch? Is it the same as an iPhone?
Even Mac seems perplexed...and HE'S the author!
Be sure to read the rest of this little gem to find out what this skunk is up to!
Next, Mac pulled out Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, which won a Caldecott Honor for illustrator Jon Klassen. In fact, this is the SECOND time Jon Klassen has won a Caldecott Honor for illustrating a Mac Barnett story! Do you know what the other book is? **
Here is a fun promo video made by Mac and Jon
The final book Mac highlighted was his most recent novel, The Terrible Two, co-written with Jory John and illustrated by Kevin Cornell.
Before Mac read the first chapter from the book, he had to initiate us into his secret prankster society. Here he is showing us the Mac Barnett/Jory John prankster two-finger signal.
More "magical" moments with Mac (Or, "The Case of the Case of the (Almost) Purloined Camera"):
Following his presentation Mac stuck around for book signing and picture taking!
"Watch it there, Michelle. You're gonna give Mac writer's cramp!
My thanks to The Bookworm Bookstore for hosting Mac Barnett's visit to Omaha!
** Jon Klassen also received the Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn!