Like many of my friends, I've been lurking around Nathan Bransford's blog since he started it, way back when tweeting was something only birds did. A couple of weeks ago, he launched his novel, Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, and I was fortunate enough to attend the launch party and get a signed copy of the book.
(For the record, Nathan, those stickers I won for getting the closest wrong answer on that space question? I gave them to the little kid that was hanging around the children's reading area.)
I asked Nathan to inscribe it to my son, Sam, whose 12th birthday was only two days later. Sam seemed to think it kinda cool to get a book signed by the author (had he not gotten a pile of cash from grandmas, too, he might not have thought it such a hot birthday present). Anyway, yesterday he started reading the book.
Today he finished it.
I asked him what he thought, and he said he liked it. A lot. Sam just turned 12 and is very, very well read for a 5th grader. He "reads up" frequently but also loves the typical 5th grade stuff like Wimpy Kid. So a quirky middle grade space adventure was right up his alley.
I asked if he'd write a short note to Nathan sharing his thoughts. You know, a sentence or two. This is what he came up with:
If you can't read his handwriting (I told him I'd type it up, so he never expected anyone to see the scrawl), here's what it says:
I loved your book Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow. I like the goofy planets and the silly people on them. I especially liked the Numonia planet. If the people knew about Earth, why would they be so impressed by a dwarf tree with 2 yellowing leaves on it? Anyway, I loved your book and can't wait for your next book to come out. Thank you.
From, SamNow, stop bothering me so I can go read this book. I only got to chapter 2 before Sam snagged it.