A Bad Kitty and a Kid Named Melvin

At long last, here are pictures from the November 7 Nick Bruel visit. For those of you who couldn’t make it, you missed a really great time. But don’t despair–we have a bunch of signed copies available. An autographed book makes an extra special present!

Nick started by showing off his brand new trophy for the NC Picture Book of the Year Award. (Alas, I didn’t get a good picture of it, but it’s very large and shaped like the state of North Carolina!)

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Then he read Who Is Melvin Bubble?, the book that won him that illustrious award.

It’s a fabulous book for anyone to read with a group, but having the actual author do all the voices makes it a real treat!

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Before heading to the official book signing table, Nick fielded questions from the audience. One of my personal favorite moments: a youngster asked if Bad Kitty was a boy or a girl cat (a girl, by the way), and then asked Nick how he knew that. With only a moment’s hesitation, the author provided a seemingly satisfactory answer.

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We also learned that a new Bad Kitty book is in the works, this time with even more Uncle Murray! We’re hopeful that we can persuade Nick to come back to Spellbound when the new book is out.

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Thanks to everyone who turned out–and shared pictures!

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