As this year ends and another one begins, I have much to be thankful for. So let me begin.
Thank you for following my blog.
Thank you for reading my books.
Thank you to all the schools and libraries who hosted me this year.
Thank you for treating me to lunch.
Thank you for eating lunch with me 🙂 .
Thank you, parents, for buying my books so that I have something to sign when I get to your schools.
Thank you, young readers, for laughing at my jokes 😀 and rolling in the aisles as though on cue!
Thank you for HUGS!!!
Thank you, Dan Yaccarino, for a rave review in the New York Times. My first!
Thank you, Schwartz & Wade, for publishing my books.
Thank you, Random House, for inviting me to Take-Your-Child-To-Work Day. I felt seven-years-old all day 🙂 !
Thank you, kung fu monks at Shaolin Temple for being my friends.
Thank you Debbie, Doug and Declan for being true kung fu warriors.
Thank you, Wall Street Journal, for naming BRUSH OF THE GODS as WSJ Best Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Read the article here.
Thank you, Booklist, for naming BRUSH as a Booklist Books for Youth Editor’s Choice 2013. (Article to appear Jan 1, 2014.)
Thank you, Mrs. Tracewell’s second-grade class at Emerald Heights Elementary in Silverdale, WA, for your letter and for sending me not one, but ALL of the most prestigious literary awards an author can ever hope to get:Wow! I can’t believe I won all these. Aren’t they fantastic?!!! I put them up on my writing wall today, just above my desk. Their letter begins thus,
Dear Ms. Look,
Hello! We are 2nd grade students in Washington state — at a school you have visited [twice!] before, Emerald Heights. We just finished your first Alvin Ho book — Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things. We really enjoyed EVERYTHING about the book — including the humor, the repetition, the illustrations, the characters, the funny phrases, and the similes! We loved it so much we are sending you 21 book awards — made specifically for you and Alvin. We hope you will feel special when you get these. I can’t believe these are mine, with my name on each of them. They are fireworks on my wall. You’ve made me feel so special, I can’t even begin to tell you. I feel like dancing!!!
Thank you, second-graders, for ending my year with such a big bang!
Happy New Year, everyone!