On Thursday, October 17, 2013 I had the opportunity to read Chunky and The O-Beast to the kids at St. Martin’s of Tours in Gaithersburg, MD. Although I’ve done smaller readings this was by far the largest group and the kids were amazing! They ranged from PreK-8th grade. The reading with the 6-8th grade class concluded with a Q&A session about the writing and artistic process. Thankfully, the book illustrator Jose Dominguez was available to answer questions about drawing the artwork.
The kids were completely engaged in the content, the message and the art. We received praised from Principal Andrew Piotrowski for an enthusiastic reading that opened the conversation about healthy eating & building self-confidence. Also, Mr. Piotrowski took the opportunity speak after the reading to reinforce the main themes of the book in the context of the schools principles.
Words cannot do justice for the amount of fun we had so please, check out the images from the St. Martin of Tours website by clicking this link (my favorite is the look of shock on the kids faces): https://smsmd.org/visit-from-author-joe-vivens/
We have other school readings scheduled and will share images and links as they become available. If you’re interested in having me and the illustrator come out for a reading and Q&A, contact us.
Finally, I want to thank the students, faculty and staff of St. Martin’s for being gracious hosts and a spectacular audience.