Monday, November 11, 2013

Why did Neighbor Girl ask her father to put Buster Keaton movies in their Netflix Instant Queue?

Because she met this man..
This is the incredibly talented, Matt Phelan. He illustrated/authored the beautiful graphic-novel , Bluffton. Bluffton illustrates a story about three summers in the life of a young Buster Keaton as seen through the eyes of a fictional summer friend. 

Neighbor Girl purchased Bluffton and was lucky enough to have Mr. Phelan sign it at the Lititz Kid-Lit Festival, after attending his session, "Buster Keaton through the eyes of illustrator Matt Phelan." Thanks to Erik of This Kid Reviews Books for inviting them to this special day!

Mr. Phelan's session was educational, interesting and entertaining. At question time, Neighbor Girl wanted to know:
    "When you paint your illustrations, do you have a full page for each painting or do you paint the pages as they are in the book?" His answer: He paints each page exactly the way it will be in the book. 
       Very interesting. 

Neighbor Girl had wanted to attend his illustration class as well, but it was at the same time as Chris Grabentein's session. These are extremely difficult choices for a young author. 

When it came time for Mr. Phelan to sign her copy of his book, he remembered her question, and told her that he thought it was a great one. He then asked her about us (Stanley & Katrina)! He took the time to talk with her, and encouraged her tremendously. When he was offered a copy of our book, he accepted with excitement, asked Neighbor Girl to sign the book, and then took this great picture (above) with her. 

This is a good man. Cool Mom says so and we pretty much take her word for it. 

Oh, and guess what? Bluffton is an excellent book!  Erik was absolutely right, "Mr. Matt Phelan's story-telling through illustrations is incredible!" 

Neighbor Girl read Bluffton upon arriving home, and told Cool Mom repeatedly, "It is really good, you need to read it." One day later,and both are in agreement. Which means that this dog and cat are able to recommend it highly.

Oh, we must go now...Neighbor Girl is telling us that it is time to watch a Buster Keaton movie.

     Update: We watched Steam Boat Bill Jr. and Sherlock Jr., today, and really enjoyed both of them!

What should you do now?  How about one of the following:






Later this week, we will share about meeting Chris Grabenstein at the same event, but first Neighbor Girl wants to read his book, Mr. Lemoncello's Library. She can't wait!


Hmmm...NaNoWriMo YWP is falling a bit behind but we are planning a fun write-in/travel session on Saturday. We'll see if we are able to catch up. 

Thank you for reading and sharing,


Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)

Disclosure: We purchased a copy of Bluffton. We received no monetary or in-kind compensation for our honest review. This post does NOT contain affiliate links.