I totally forgot about this. I wrapped up work on the Roscoe Riley series last Spring and book seven was just published a couple of weeks ago. So now you can get the whole series and read it as you would Harry Potter. Kind of.
Also, since it’s Friday and I have lots of other work I should be doing, I decided to procrastinate spend some time making this little movie to commemorate the completion of the series.
I shot it with my iPhone clamped to a tripod. This works quite well and I’m afraid I’m seeing the end of my affinity for using tape-based video cameras. Anyone want a barely-used HiDef Sony HV20?
The music was made in Ableton Live with the Synplant synthesizer, which I can’t get enough of.
Finally found one of the Roscoe display cases that I had heard about. Barnes & Noble and Borders didn’t have them, and in fact all these big stores I’ve visited had only one copy of each book in their shelves. For having such an influence over the design and marketing, you’d hope they’d put their money where their mouth is. But bless Hannah and Heather and Sarah at CBW in Haverford. They had dozens of Roscoe books and this nice display, and Hannah says she’s sold lots of books. Woo!
These three books, written by Katherine Applegate and published by HarperCollins, are coming out on May 27. They are the first three of a series of six and possibly more chapter books, for which I am illustrating the covers and interior illustrations. Roscoe is a nice kid who keeps getting into trouble. The stories are really cute and perfect for kids just learning to read. I spoke to someone at Children’s Book World in Haverford yesterday who told me that they expect these to sell like gangbusters.
You don’t have to wait for May 27, however. If you come to the Philadelphia Book Festival on Saturday May 17, you can get your copy then. I’ll be there signing and talking at 3pm.