Jonathan Auxier Doesn’t Quite Trust Martin Scorsese or J.K. Rowling [Fierce Anticipation]

Hey Nerdsters!  I have my very first children’s book coming out this week.  It’s called Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes, and it tells the story of a ten year old, blind orphan who also happens to be the greatest thief who ever lived. To celebrate, I’m running down a list of things connected to the world of children’s literature.  Enjoy!

FIERCELY ANTICIPATING

Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes Launch Party at Books of Wonder!

I know that fiercely anticipating my own event is a little lame, but can you blame me for being just a teensy bit excited about my first ever book launch?  What if I told you it was at the coolest place ever?

For many years now, my favorite literary landmark in New York has been Books of Wonder bookstore in Manhattan.  It is a children’s bookstore known the world over for the quality of its staff and collection.  They have a gallery of original art pieces from famous picture books, a massive collection of OZ works, and a carefully curated rare book collection.  Sounds awesome, right?

So imagine my delight when my publishers told me that they were throwing me a book launch party at this venerable books store!  On August 11, I will be at Books of Wonder to celebrate the release of Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes.  There will be sparking wine, snacks, games, readings, signings, and giveaways.  Seriously, anybody in the area should come and join the fun … and you should bring lots of friends!

KINDA WANNA …

Get Nervous About the Invention of Hugo Cabret Trailer

Anyone who follows kid’s books knows and loves Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  This novel was a fairly groundbreaking combination of prose and illustration that explored the later life of silent-film wizard Geroges Melies.  Recently the trailer for the upcoming Martin Scorsese adaptation hit theaters.  A lot of folks are geeking out, but I’m not sold:

I’m not even going to mention the title change.  Watching this trailer, I am left with the distinct impression that this movie will contain a lot of extraneous chase scenes that have no real bearing on the story.  And for the times when actors find themselves unable to run through crowds or skitter across ledges, they will kindly remind us of how much fun they’re having by repeating the words “mystery” and “adventure.”  All of this makes me fear for poor little Hugo.  Still, this is one case where I desperately hope to be proven wrong — we’ll find out in November!

WOULDN’T DO IT IF YOU PAID ME

Join “Pottermore”

This week, J.K. Rowling’s “Pottermore” website opened for a crop of lucky fans.  After weeks of excited speculation, we learned from this video that the site is basically a portal for her to continue sharing stories from the Harry Potter universe.  Rowling will be contributing a few pieces, as well as inviting other famous authors to write stories that take place in the magical world of Hogwarts.

This is not necessarily bad.  For all I know, the new material that will appear on this site will be brilliant and delightful — the greatest works of children’s fiction the world has ever known!  But I doubt it.  My gut says that with every new bit of backstory, the world of Harry Potter will actually get a bit smaller … and a lot less magical.

Call me crazy, but I think the best stories trade heavily in the unknown.  I am among the few people that believe the Harry Potter series ended magnificently … and I have no desire to see that ending spoiled in any way.  When I heard the news about “Pottermore”, I couldn’t help but think of another brilliant world-maker who wanted to spend just a little bit longer inside his creation:  George Lucas.  And we all remember how that turned out.

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