That boom you heard at 2 am wasn't thunder. It was the sound of me falling splat out of bed.
I was having trouble sleeping, because today is *cover reveal day* for THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY.
The big moment is here! What are you waiting for? Go meet Ms. Hill's fifth grade class at 100 Scope Notes. I'll wait right here.
You're back! Aren't they the cutest?
The cover would not exist (or be so adorable) without hours and hours of work from some very important people. Here are the details:
Illustrator: The amazing Abigail Halpin
(Do you have a favorite character on the cover? Mine is Katie.)
Art Director: Kate Gartner (Random House)
Senior Designer: Trish Parcell (Random House)
Kate and Trish worked so hard on my manuscript. Poetry can be a bear to lay out on the page and they did a great, great job making the book feel cozy and inviting.
Thanks also to Travis Jonker at 100 Scope Notes for hosting the reveal. Travis' kid lit posts are funny and smart -- he needs a librarian superhero cape, STAT. I'm honored to have my book featured at his blog.
So, why did I fall out of bed at 2 am?
Imagine: adrenaline, toss, turn, check phone. Then THIS this happened:
@MrSchuReads Thank you!— Laura Shovan (@LauraShovan) July 8, 2015
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mr. Schu noticed my cover. Get a spatula, 'cause you're going to have to scrape me off the floor.
I'm off to write with the Wordplay campers at Green Row Books today. Picture of us tasting baby powder to follow. Yum.
So happy for you, Laura! Can't wait to read... and yes, Mr. Schu has good taste, doesn't he? :)
I left a comment over on 100 Scope Notes to say why I like it so much, but here I'll just say that you can stop pinching yourself– it's real! it's real! it's real! That Mr. Schu knows what he's talking about. So excited for you, Laura!
Congratulations on the book, Laura - I know you've waited a long time for this! Cover looks great, although I'm sure you probably wish it included that one female character you had to dispense with...I forget her name?? Very happy for you!
Guys. Guys!!! Thanks for stopping by, especially my Poetry Friday peeps who've known about this WIP since forever. Matt -- I had to think long and hard to remember that character's name. A sign that it was a good decision to cut her!
I'm off to see and read what Travis has to say and share, Laura. Congratulations many times over.
I am jumping for joy for you! Adorable inviting cover! I can't wait to get this book. You are my hero today!
Wahooooo! Congratulations. This is so exciting. I can't wait to read it.
Congratulations! The cover is beautiful! I'm SO looking forward to reading this! *cheers*
What a thrill! Congratulations, Laura! Can't wait to read this.
Congratulations! I am moving back to the classroom and will be teaching 5th grade in the fall. This is a definite "add to my library!"
Congratulations, Laura!! The beautiful, whimsical cover art is exceeded only by the beautiful, whimsical writing inside. I know children of all ages will adore this book. I defy anyone to find at least one character they can't relate to.
Thanks for your comments, everyone. I can't tell you how much it means to me that all of my writing friends and poetry buddies are as excited about this book as I am.
Julie -- congrats on your return to the classroom, lady! I can't wait for this book to be available to teachers like you.
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