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Author Mac Barnett Visits Tuscan School

by Amy B. Popp, Library Media Specialist ~ Tuscan School

Ms. Popp, Library Media Specialist; Mr. Mac Barnett; Mr. Kevin Mason, Vice Principal

Author Mac Barnett visited Tuscan School on Tuesday, January 19th, 2015 and spoke to grades four and five about his latest book, The Terrible Two Get Worse, written with Jory John and illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Mr. Barnett has written over eighteen books for children. Two of his books, with whom he collaborated with Jon Klassen, have won Caldecott awards. Two of his recent books, Leo: A Ghost Story and The Skunk, illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, were named two of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2015 by The New York Times.

Barnett’s latest book is the second in the The Terrible Two series; it is a chapter book about two boys, Miles and Niles, who love to play pranks on people. Therefore, Barnett took some time to talk to students about “secret handshakes” and “pranking notebooks.” Students had the privilege of listening to Barnett read from his new book as well.

Fourth and fifth grade students seemed to enjoy Barnett's humor and laughed at the humor from his writing. They even sang "happy birthday" to Barnett's book (as his book was just available in bookstores and libraries last week). In addition, students also had the opportunity to ask Barnett some questions about writing and being an author.

Regarding Barnett’s visit, Tuscan School’s Vice Principal, Mr. Kevin Mason, remarked, “I even took the oath to be a prankster.”

Many students took the opportunity to purchase signed books from Words Bookstore in Maplewood in advance. All elementary students had a chance to also meet Barnett on Tuesday, January 19th, as he visited Words Bookstore after school. Barnett’s visit will surely be a fond memory for all of Tuscan’s students.

Above photo, from left to right: Ms. Popp, Library Media Specialist; Mr. Mac Barnett; Mr. Kevin Mason, Vice Principal