I’m back home after spending the past week on the road to promote “Marley and the Kittens,” my new illustrated children’s book. The tour began in New York City where I spent half a day in a television studio doing interviews with stations around the country. From there, I headed to New Jersey, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Cincinnati, and Dayton, where I shared my hotel with about 200 body builders there for a competition. Talk about feeling like a wimpy kid!
The tour was fun. I always enjoy talking about writing and books with kids, whose enthusiasm is truly contagious. And their questions, comments, and cards crack me up.
Lowlight of the tour: Rising at 4 a.m. to catch an early morning flight out of Kansas City and arriving at the airport to learn my plane had been struck by lightning overnight (in a Wizard of Oz worthy storm) as it sat on the tarmac and was disabled with no other flights heading my way any time soon.
Highlight of the tour: The little girl who broke out of line as she was following her teacher back to her classroom after one of my talks in Houston. She walked over to me and without a word gave me a big hug. Awwww!
Midlight of the tour: Really great barbecue at Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City. I ordered the half slab of ribs, and it was enough meat for a family of four. Who gets the full slab?
Now I’m home catching up on spring yard and garden work. Picked the first salad from my backyard patch today: four kinds of lettuce, spinach, arugula, chives, tarragon, pea sprouts…all tossed in a little olive oil and fresh lime juice and sprinkled with pumpkin seeds. Nice. I swear, my kids are half rabbit.
Thanks to everyone who came out for my events the past week — especially all you kids who made me feel so welcome in your schools. It was great meeting all of you!
And a quick note: I’ll be speaking in Fairless HIlls, suburban Philadelphia, this Thursday, May 20, and in York, PA, on May 27. Details to come soon.