We Almost Met Henry Winkler

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Yesterday in Raleigh, the ice and snow came earlier, faster and more furiously than forecasted.  Thankfully, schools were cancelled so it didn’t turn into an Atlanta.  We had one of those a few years ago.  I work Wednesday nights so I arrived at 12:15.  A single snowflake grazed my cheek as I entered the library.  Upon arrival, my coworker showed me the radar and how fast the storm was moving.  She encouraged me to get back on the road.  My twenty minute commute turned into a one and a half hour commute.  No complaints here.  It helped knowing ML was safe and sound at her Dad’s house.

I feel fortunate.  My only challenge; getting my seventeen-year-old Honda up the last little hill before home.   Two college girls knocked on my window, offered to push me up the hill and told me to gun it.  Friends and coworkers commutes were more treacherous.  One friend was involved in a four car accident.  Thankfully, no one was hurt.

So what does this have to do with “almost meeting Henry Winkler?”  ML and I had a date tonight with him.  Along with probably five hundred others.  We finished his first Here’s Hank book Tuesday night in anticipation of his Thursday night book signing at Quail Ridge Books.  Winter Storm Pax got in the way. (When did we start naming snow storms?)

Not too slight Lin Oliver.  We looked forward to  meeting her too.  It’s just she wasn’t my first crush.  They are a dynamic team.  Watch this video to learn how they write together.  Lin sits at the computer because she types.  Henry Winkler doesn’t.  The illustrator Scott Garrett deserves a shout out too.  ML loved every one of his illustrations.  He has a funny post about thinking when Henry Winkler calls him out of the blue to talk about the illustrations, it’s a prank.

Had we met them, ML would have shared her favorite scenes in the book, Bookmarks Are People Too!  There were many.  She’s eager for us to start the second in this series, A Short Tale About a Long Dog.  I would have asked for more information about the font chosen for the book.  It’s called dyslexie and was created by Christian Boer, a Dutch graphic designer.  Straight from the front page of Here’s Hank, Bookmarks are People Too! –

“Dyslexie has characteristics that make it easier for people with dyslexia to distinguish (and not jumble, invert, or flip) individual letters, such as: heavier bottoms (b,d), larger than normal openings (c, e) and longer ascenders and descenders (f, h, p).”

Check out the webpage about the dyslexie font.  I hope we see this font selected for more children’s books.  It would be a shame for publishers to not take advantage of a font that helps children read easier.  Thank you Henry Winkler for introducing this font to me and others.  If reading were a challenge for ML, I would purchase this font and type short stories for us to read together everyday.

Fonzie is Coming To Town

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ML and I give friends books for Christmas.  No surprise there.  Today, I went to our local bookstore to finish the last of our Christmas shopping.

I learned Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver are visiting Quail Ridge Books on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 pm.  They co-write the popular series Hank Zipzer.  Henry Winkler was my first childhood crush.  He is best known as The Fonz from Happy Days.  I’ve been singing “Monday, Tuesday, happy days.  Tuesday, Wednesday, happy days.  Thursday, Friday happy days.  Saturday.  What a day.” over and over since I left the store.  YouTube’s helping me learn the rest of the words.

More exciting than an opportunity to meet the authors is learning about their new series perfect for younger elementary readers, Here’s Hank.  It’s about Hank Zipzer  but focuses on his 2nd grade year, instead of 4th and 5th grade.  I’m adding this one to the Books for Boys – Series Fiction for Elementary School Boys post on February 6, 2014.  The day the first two books in this series,  Bookmarks Are People Too! and A Short Tale About a Long Dog, are available for purchase.

The best part of my bookstore visit occurred in the parking lot.  I ran into my dear friend, Susan.  When our children attended preschool together, we saw each other daily.  Now ML and her kids attend different schools.  We always say we are going to meet up for lunch, but finding time which works for both of us is a challenge.

Susan was on her way to the bookstore to purchase books for her niece and nephew.  She’s an avid follower of the blog.  It was fun to provide book in recommendations in person.

A very Happy Day in Raleigh, NC today.