A Brooklyn Dory / by abby hanlon

I was floored to meet a real life Dory at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Saturday. Five-year-old, Chloe, came dressed as the first and most adorable Dory I've ever seen.  From the striped socks on up, her awesome mom Kristin nailed every little detail of Dory's outfit from Book 2, including her dog lunchbox (dog drawn by Chloe) and banana phone!

Her mom says that she discovered the Dory books after reading Ralph Tells A Story. Chloe started getting on the phone with Mr. Nuggy herself which served as a portal for her own imaginary world. 


Here she is front and center listening to our panel discussion.

With my panel: Lenore Look, Jon Scieszka, and Anica Rissi. It is an understatement to say that it was huge honor to be on a panel with these giants, whose work I have looked up to for so long. Thank you to the Brooklyn Book Festival for this incredible opportunity. 

I got to sign a book by Kyle, called "How To Beat Up Mrs. Gobble Gracker. He is working on the sequel now, "Dory Learns Karate."



Here I am very happy to see my buddy Jenny Kelly, Dory book designer at Dial.

And I also got to hear revered Kevin Henkes (in conversation with Jon Scieszka) talk about his long career in children's books. He shared stories of how several of his beloved books came to be. Here he is with a slide of his childhood sketchbook.  I was completely overwhelmed by being in his presence.  He is just such a genuine and sweet guy who has worked soooooo hard.

And lastly, here is my daughter trying to hit my son with the Stinky Cheese Man.