John Rocco, author and illustrator of some wonderful childen's picture books,
including the amazing Blackout,
came to Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston on Thursday, May 23rd.
A whole bunch of my librarian friends and I went to hear John speak at the bookshop.
Is there any better way to spend an evening than to hear an author speak?
I think not.
This, then, is John Rocco at Blue Willow Books:
Then. And now.
When he was a boy, John Rocco tells us,
he lived on a block in the city with fourteen other boys.
They decided they would try to break all the records
in the Guinness Book of World Records.
One of the games they played was Cowboys and Indians.
Cowboys would ride their bikes as fast as they could and
Indians would try to shove their mom's broom through the spokes.
Thinking about all of that, and how everyone had a lot of hair,
he wrote this book.
A little from his new book, Super Hair-O and the Barber of Doom.
What might Super Hair-O stow in his hair?
The audience has lots of ideas.
Sans hair, Rocco reads Blackout, his Caldecott Honor Award winner.
It is fun to know that the little girl in Blackout is his daughter.
And I take back an autographed Super Hair-O for my library.
Thank you, John Rocco.
Thank you, Blue Willow Bookshop.
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