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The Order of Oddfish

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It’s My 40th Birthday

It’s my birthday today, and so I’m staying off the Internet and hanging out with my family. But I received this great piece of Order of Odd-Fish happy-birthday art from Jacob of Portland and I want to share it with the world! I was lucky enough to meet Jacob when I was in Portland for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival a few weeks ago. He was one of the remarkable animators behind this Frog and Toad Together. Thanks so much for the fantastic picture, Jacob!

Today I went to the Adler Planetarium with Heather, Lucy, and Ingrid. Heather took this picture of us on the rocket simulator. Lucy and I are ready for swashbuckling adventures in the stars! (Ingrid seems a bit more apprehensive . . . )

Can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday!

Catching My Breath

All right! The snow is dumping on Chicago today. The screenings of the 2nd Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival are triumphantly finished. Thanks, public libraries of Chicago, Portland, and Tacoma, plus New York’s Symphony Space, for hosting them, and thanks to everyone who came!

Here are links for if you want to read recaps of how the film festival went in Chicago and New York City (updated! with photos of Jon Scieszka in a muscleman costume, arm-wrestling Kate DiCamillo, and video of Jon and me singing the 90-Second Newbery theme!).

Now that the film festival season is behind me for now, I can concentrate on actually writing books again. So I’ll be taking a short break from the blog, just a week or two. In the meantime, here are pictures of my daughter Lucy Momo (above, with best friend Ezra) and below a picture of my daughter Ingrid!