I just got off book tour for How to Be a Supervillain and saw these things at school visits ALL over the place. As someone with ADD I can tell you that another mindless distraction is not panacea. My God, we already have the internet (where attention goes to die). What else do you need?
Now put the toy away and get back to work!
When my daughters were little and they fell down I would always point out that kids bounce. Not very high. Or really at all. The point was they’re not these super fragile beings that need to be carefully cocooned every living second.
And then one day my daughter fell off a swing. In tears, she showed me her rapidly swelling wrist. I hugged her and told her to shake it off. My wife, the smart one, instantly realized it was more serious. Later, X-ray in hand, I was chastised by the sight of a clean total break of her radius.
So, basically, kids do not bounce. At least not all the time.
And I’m an idiot.
In RJ’s defense, he did not start this. When self-preservation is at stake you have to use all the weapons at your disposal.
Even the chemical ones.
You want to raise (eventually) happy, well-adjusted children? Get used to saying no. A lot.
Kids, don’t try this at home.
I have done this. Successfully. It took a few tries to get the timing down.
Sorry for the late post. Busy doing school signings for Odd Squad in Chicago. Exhausting, but fun. Kids are surprisingly tolerant of rambling cartoonists.
What goes on behind closed doll house doors stays behind closed doll house doors.
Teddy Bears are soldiers in a war against really short terrorists. They deserve the thanks and support of a grateful nation of parents. A-men.
In other news: Hostess To Stop Making Twinkies!!
For those of you tweeting, commenting and e-mailing for RJ’s painful, gut shot response, remember the earliest we could comment in the strip would be in three weeks. Also, we did a long story line on the same subject earlier this year, or maybe last year, or the year before. I don’t know, they all run together. Anyway, Twinkies is such a well known brand that I feel sure another snack cake company will pick it up.
For RJ’s sake, let’s all hope so.
Behold the official, double super secret probation cover for my middle school illustrated novel, The Odd Squad: Bully Bait (Disney-Hyperion). It’s Due on book shelves (both real and virtual) February 12, 2013. I got the Advance Review Copy last night and it looks pretty sweet. It has weight and mass and occupies actual physical space. In other words, it’s a real book!
It’s for ages 8-12. And anyone who’s emotional development arrested in middle school. Which includes me and I’m pretty sure most Hedge fans.
So, if you are a parent or a grandparent or a great grandparent or a librarian or a book store owner or a lover of Shakespeare spouting ex-hippie school janitor/mentors (you’ll see) please stay tuned. We’ll be promoting more as we get closer to publication date. In the meantime, I have to write Book 2.
It’s due September 15th.