Day 2: Southern Pines, North Carolina by abby hanlon

 All 125 second graders at Southern Pines Primary School received a copy of Dory Dory Black Sheep -- a gift from the Literacy Fundraising Committee at the Southern Pines Rotary Club.  The other adults in the picture are Angie Tally from The Country Bookshop who applied for the grant and Sue Bruton from the Southern Pines Rotary Club.  I was hugely honored to be a part of this enormous gift.  

All 125 second graders at Southern Pines Primary School received a copy of Dory Dory Black Sheep -- a gift from the Literacy Fundraising Committee at the Southern Pines Rotary Club.  The other adults in the picture are Angie Tally from The Country Bookshop who applied for the grant and Sue Bruton from the Southern Pines Rotary Club.  I was hugely honored to be a part of this enormous gift.  

 And look who came to The Country Bookshop!!!! Thank you Katherine and Rainer for bringing these characters to life.  What a terrific surprise for everyone. It was a thrill to meet such creative and devoted fans of the Dory series. 

And look who came to The Country Bookshop!!!! Thank you Katherine and Rainer for bringing these characters to life.  What a terrific surprise for everyone. It was a thrill to meet such creative and devoted fans of the Dory series. 

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Book Tour Day 1: Richmond Virginia by abby hanlon

Dory Dory Black Sheep is out.  I had 13 events in 5 cities in a week!  I met some unbelievably wonderful booksellers, librarians, teachers and a few thousand kids along the way.  Thank you to the people who made this trip happen: my editor, Lucia Monfried, my publicist Bridget Hartzler, and booksellers Jill Stefanovich and Jenesse Evertson at bbgb books, Angie Tally at the Country Bookshop, Ellen Greene at Book People (with a special thank you to Topher Bradfield) and Linda Sherman-Nurick at Cellar Door Books. 

 At St. Michael's Episcopal school, the kids made their own imaginary friends.  "The Death of Blood" friend really jumped out at me. 

At St. Michael's Episcopal school, the kids made their own imaginary friends.  "The Death of Blood" friend really jumped out at me. 

 The lovely second grade girls at St. Catherine's Lower School. 

The lovely second grade girls at St. Catherine's Lower School. 

 Why don't I have my arm around this incredible woman!? This is Carol, the beloved librarian at St. Michaels. 

Why don't I have my arm around this incredible woman!? This is Carol, the beloved librarian at St. Michaels. 

 With Jill Stefanovich.

With Jill Stefanovich.

Thank you bbgb books! 

Roald Dahl Day, Saturday, Sept 17 by abby hanlon

In honor of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, I will be at Ample Hills Creamery in Gowanus reading from Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Sat. Sept 17th, reading at 1:00. 

More info about the event here

And for more Wondercrump Weekend events around the country to celebrate Roald Dahl click here.  

Ample HIlls, 305 Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY

On September 17th, our Gowanus location is hosting a party to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! Part of the nationwide Wondercrump Weekend-- this party will include a sundae bar, Dream Jar game, dress-up and crafts corners, and readings from Mara Wilson (star of the movie Matilda and debut author of Where Am I Now?), Paul Griffin (When Friendship Followed Me Home, Burning Blue), Abby Hanlon (Ralph Tells a Story), and John Marciano Bemelmans (the Madelineseries). Mark your calendars! 12-4pm at our Gowanus shop | 305 Nevins Street.

 

 

 

 

Dory in Italy by abby hanlon

Dory FANTASMAGORICA came out in May in Italy. It is published by Terre di mezzo Editore based in Milan. I didn't get to go to Italy, but it looks like they didn't need me. Look at the wonderful launch they created! Thank you to editor Giulia Rizzo for so much support and enthusiasm for Dory.  

Spring school visits by abby hanlon

  At Trevor Day School in Manhattan 

 At Trevor Day School in Manhattan 

 With librarian Adam Marcus and parent Robin Rosenthal at PS 32 in Brooklyn 

With librarian Adam Marcus and parent Robin Rosenthal at PS 32 in Brooklyn 

It was a busy spring finishing up Dory 3, and getting out to schools to share my work with kids.  My favorite question came from a first grader at Trevor Day School: "When is Mary's birthday?" a little girl raised her hand to ask me with great seriousness.  This sparked rapid plans for Mary's birthday party from other kids...and then comes Mrs. Gobble Gracker, the ultimate party wrecker. This is exactly how the Dory books start -- from kids' ideas -- always better than mine. 

Thank you to the wonderful librarians and parents for all extra time it takes to plan these visits.   

 With first graders at PS 39 in Brooklyn 

With first graders at PS 39 in Brooklyn 

 Signing books at PS 39

Signing books at PS 39

 One first grade class came to the library with their own handmade imaginary friend. This is "Gary" Mary's boyfriend. 

One first grade class came to the library with their own handmade imaginary friend. This is "Gary" Mary's boyfriend. 

 With James Byrne, librarian at Fort Lee Elementary in New Jersey 

With James Byrne, librarian at Fort Lee Elementary in New Jersey 

Rainer and Mary by abby hanlon

I've been getting a lot of emails from parents of readers. I am so touched by how many parents take the time to sit down and write a beautiful and thoughtful letter to an author. Parents tell me about how their child responded to the Dory books. When I read these descriptions, it's as if I have no imagination -- I just can't believe it --I just can't picture how my books have translated into meaning for a child.  But then comes along six-year old Rainer: 

Dear Mrs. Hanlon,
As a lifelong teacher and artist, I must say thank you for creating
two side-splitting books that made me lose my breath at times
while reading them to my six-year-old daughter.  Each one was
perfect. 

Rainer and I laughed. We cried. We laughed and cried at the
same time. We guffawed and grimaced. We squealed with
delight. Dory is our new heroine. 

At bedtime, my daughter and I ate every word of Dory Fantasmagory
like a huge bowl of whipped cream. By the next day, word spread
through the halls of her elementary school that there was one and
only ONE book to read. 

At my daughter's urging, I bought class sets for kindergarten
and first grade.  The next night we read Dory and the Real
True Friend.  It was just as enchanting and true-to-life
as your first work.  Unfortunately, my daughter's appetite
for Dory was not sated. She fell asleep chanting, "More
Dory! More Dory! More Dory!"  I assured her that more
Dory was on the way in September. She is restless with
anticipation.

Today, as I sat in the cafeteria having lunch with kindergarten,
I looked over at first grade sitting at nearby tables. Several
kids were busily talking on their banana phones. I walked
over and asked Aren who he was talking to. He looked up
and said, "I'm talking to Mr. Nuggy. I am trying to convince
him to turn the school into ice cream."  

Thank you, Abby! Thank you for sharing Dory's magic
with us and for bringing her contagious spirit to my
daughter's school.  It was pretty quiet before Dory
came to visit. 

With heartfelt thanks,
Katherine Lemons Stoyer and Rainer Stoyer

After I wrote back them back, I received another note, telling me that Mr. Nuggy had been notified: 

At first there was stunned silence in the kitchen and in the adjoining office as I read your e-mail aloud. Then Rainer grabbed me around the neck and giddily danced while shouting, "O, my goodness! O, my goodness! I can't believe it. No one will believe it. I need to call Mr. Nuggy." 
And so she did, after retrieving a banana from the fruit bowl on the counter. Mr. Nuggy didn't seem surprised at all. Rainer said he was used to magical things happening.

And then.... a few weeks later, Rainer's mom wrote me again with the news that "Mary emerged from a pile of fleece, polyfill, fur, and candy-striped pantyhose." 

When she wrote, "PS Mary says hello!" I started to wonder, Did she???

Thank you Katherine and Rainer. 

 

Dory 3 featured in Shelftalker by abby hanlon

Dory Dory Black Sheep is featured in Publisher's Weekly top picks for summer. 

This is the first press mention of the third Dory book.  I was relieved beyond words to read Kenny Brechner's impression of the book. He writes,  "I can’t imagine a book more calculated to reinforce the power of reading and becoming a reader thanDory Dory Black Sheep. It is a true triumph." 

 

 

Writers' Rumpus by abby hanlon

Thank you to Carol at Writers Rumpus for the interview! Writers Rumpus is a kid lit blog created by a critique group of authors and illustrators in Andover Massachusetts. It's full of resources for writers, interviews, and great insights into the industry. 

Aimee by abby hanlon

Another adorable Dory with a fantastic homemade costume!  This is Aimee from Ontario.  Her mom, Terri, sent me this picture from her day at school --dress as your favorite literary character.  True to character, Mrs. Gobble Gracker is her favorite game.  

TEACHERS by abby hanlon

I am amazed by this photo! It was sent to me by the first grade teachers at Coe Elementary school in Seattle. It was dress as your favorite book character day.  Thank you Shauna, Katherine and Steve! 

Dory book 3 !!!! On Sale Sept 2016 by abby hanlon

Dory the rascal turns learning to read into a hilarious adventure through the power of imagination
 
Ever since Dory met Rosabelle, a real true friend whose imagination and high spirits match her own, school has been pretty good. But now the class is learning to read, and it's proving to be a challenge for Dory. While Rosabelle can read chapter books in her head, Dory is stuck with baby books about a happy little farm. Dory wishes for a potion to turn her into a reader but things don't go as planned. Suddenly, a naughty little girl who looks an awful lot like Dory's imaginary nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, shows up. And a black sheep leaves the pages of the farm book to follow Dory to school. It really needs her help--this seems like a job for a superhero! And it would help if she knew how to read. 

In her third book, Dory the rascal takes reluctant reading to new heights with a story that is as one-of-a-kind and hilarious as she is.

Cybil Award! by abby hanlon

The Cybil awards were announced on Valentine's day, and what lovely news I received: Dory and The Real True Friend won a Cybil award!  Dory Fantasmagory was a Cybil finalist last year so I was extra proud to see the sequel actually win! Thank you so much to all the volunteer judges and congratulations to all the winners! I'm honored to be in your company. 

http://www.cybils.com/2016/02/the-2015-cybils-winners.html

 

Dory Book #3! by abby hanlon

I've been getting a ton emails from parents and kids asking if and when Dory 3 is coming out. I promise I am working on it! Publication date is set for Sept 20th, 2016!  Mark your calendars! Here are the sketches for Dory 3 getting their first round of inspections. 

Author visit at PS 10, Brooklyn by abby hanlon

I had so much fun visiting the first graders at PS 10 in their beautiful library! Thank you author/illustrator parent and friend, Selina Alko for organizing the visit, along with parents Erin O'Rourke and Rebecca Simson Hohl. Here we are with the welcome sign they made!