On with our recap of last week’s author blitz! (In case you missed it, here’s the first installement: Pam Munoz Ryan)
Alyss of Wonderland’s rule has only just begun and already those who prefer chaos to peace are threatening to destroy everything worth imagining. Trailed by newly appointed Royal Bodyguard Homburg Molly, Alyss does her best to keep pace with the spiraling, non-stop demands of being Queen while attempting to evade Molly for a few private moments with Dodge. Alyss’s life is already a challenging mix of duty, love and imagining when a series of phantom sightings set fire to an urban myth of her Imperial Viciousnesss return and have everyone “Seeing Redd.” Has Redd somehow freed herself and her chief assassin, the Cat, from the confines of the Heart Crystal to challenge her niece once again? If not, then who has resurrected Redd’s brutal footsoldiers, the Glass Eyes, and set them loose to attack Wonderland on all sides? Battles rage, looking glasses explode and the Alyssians are once again uniting to defend White Imagination in this fast-paced second book in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.
Let me tell you, if you could bottle the energy that Frank has, it would put caffeine to shame. Imagine 500 fifth graders, sitting absolutely still, staring raptly at a presenter. It’s hard to believe, but I witnessed it with my own eyes. Of course, it helps that his books — The Looking Glass Wars, Seeing Redd, and the graphic novel Hatter M — are in and of themselves fascinating. As I heard someone say that day, “This is not your grandmother’s Alice in Wonderland!”
In between schools, he was nice enough to swing by and sign stock for us, and to leave us with quite a lot of freebies, which are just waiting to be given to excited 4th – 6th graders in the Salt Lake area.