I'll admit that I haven't watched most of this video that I'm about to post. This is because I'm in the Carribean: St. John. When I woke up at 10 this morning there was no family to be found. They took off to the beach without me! I guess that's okay because I have a sinus infection (I THINK that's what it is - it's either that or I have contracted some sort of awful Island virus) and I'm not feeling so good right now. My whole head really hurts and I have a really bad cough. Anyway... I'm off track here. I'm blaming it on the amazing view:
What was I saying? Ah yes... the internet is really awful. I can't watch Peter's video but it looks great. And if you don't know yet, Peter Brown won the Caldecott Honor!!! Yay Peter! As soon as I saw Creepy Carrots I knew it was destined for something great. I really love the black and white with one color. Awesome. I love the perspectives... the noir look... everything about it. Maybe I'll ask Peter some questions about it at some point... when the dust settles (er, excitement and his business).
You can read what he has to say about winning here. Good stuff.
Here's a little confession: I didn't remember it was awards day... until I got an odd request (or not so odd) while working at the bookstore.
The customer said, "I'd like every copy of This Is Not My Hat that you have... but only first editions."
"Okay..." I said. I paused and then said, "Did it just win the Caldecott or something?"
"Yes," the customer said.
So I had to go look for all of the copies that we had and figure out if they were first editions and then determine if they were in good condition. I thought about it and I decided that I wanted a copy for myself and did I really want to give the customer the only first edition that we had? It turns out that the only one that we had had a damaged spine so no one bought it... including me. But I took the customer's name and phone number and said I'd call if I found any. Then my manager saw the sticky note on the computer and said, "What's this?"
I said, "He wants all first editions. It won the Caldecott."
She took it and threw it in the trash.
"Hey! Why did you do that?"
"I'm not helping that guy."
"But why? What's the big deal?"
"Why should we go looking for all first editions for some one?"
So that's how that ended. I pulled the sticky note out of the trash and put it back on the computer. I said I'd do it and she didn't have to worry about it.