We were very proud to learn that LES VOYAGES DE THEODORE (this is the title of the French edition of THE TRAVELS OF THELONIOUS) has won the Tam-Tam Prize for 2011 in the category of best novel for kids eight and up. The nominations for this prize are chosen by a group of adults from an organization called Le Salon du Livre. But the final voting is all done by kids.
The Fog Mound Trilogy is now being published in Germany, where it is called Das Geheimnis des Nebelbergs. Susan finds this especially satisfying, because her great grandfather, John Schade, was born in Frankenberg, Germany. He came to America with his family in 1847, when he was one year old, on a sailing ship that took 35 days to cross the ocean.
We recently received an email from Samantha Bennett, who is a student in the education program at the University of Georgia. She said that she had been doing some research for one of her classes on our books, and was having trouble finding biographical information about Susan. Here is Susan's answer to that email.
NEW LONDON DAY INTERVIEW
This was our first multimedia interview! The reporter came to our house without any notebook, and without a still camera. She only shot video. All of the quotations in the print article, and all of the still photographs, were taken from the video. Since Susan Schade is highly allergic to interviews, let alone video interviews, Jon Buller got to play the windbag all by himself. Here is the link.
Susan is doing a new series of books for HarperCollins' popular "I Can Read!" imprint. The stories follow a crew of mouse pirates, led by Captain Riff Raff, as they navigate the waters of a maze of underground storm drains in search of cheese and adventure. They are illustrated by Anne Kennedy and so far are only available as ebooks. The first two titles in the series are Riff Raff the Mouse Pirate and Riff Raff Sails the High Cheese.
AND OUR NEXT BOOK . . .
. . . will be another graphic novel for kids, called SCARLETT. It will be published in French in October, 2013 by Editions Bayard of France. They have also purchased the world rights, so it will be published in other languages and other countries when and if they sell these rights.
NEW EGG TEMPERA
The newest addition to the GALLERY is an another egg tempera painting called OLD PERSON OF RYE. The painting is based on a limerick by Edward Lear.
CONGRATULATIONS, LUNCHTIME READERS!
The latest kids to complete our HOW TO BE A CARTOONIST course are all members of the Lunchtime Readers Club at the the Lunchtime Readers aced the final exam, and their diplomas have been sent in the mail. You can click on their names to see the cartoons of May Joy, Claire, Alicia, Diana, Abby, and Emilia. You can begin the course yourself here. All you need to get started is some paper and a pencil (the pen comes later).