May 03, 2011

Author stalkin'

Nature Boy and I went to a homeschool convention this past weekend.  Homeschool conventions consist of workshops on topics relevant to homeschoolers (how to sew denim jumpers, the joys of copywork, Social Skills Are for Sissies--stuff like that).  Just kidding, y'all.  The topics of the workshops are actually pretty interesting.  One of my favorite workshops of the weekend was "Rediscovering the Lost Art of Adventure for Boys".

In addition to workshops, there are curriculum booths with tons of textbooks to stock up on in case Armageddon comes and you need toilet paper or kindling.  I don't use a lot of packaged curriculum or textbooks (we're more the relaxed, real books type of homeschoolers), so I go to the conventions for the workshops.

Nature Boy and I were totally starstruck all weekend because our favorite children's book author was there!   

John R. Erickson is the author of the popular Hank the Cowdog series.  Each of the 57 books in the series is also available in audio book format.  In Nature Boy's opinion, the audio books are the way to go.  The author does all the voices on the audio books, and he writes and performs two songs per book.  "Hank" even has two greatest hits CDs.

Here's a little sample from Mr. Erickson's concert at the convention this weekend.  It's a song Hank the Cowdog sings as he ponders his options regarding the hen house.

***Crazy Fan Alert***

I have to confess, y'all.  We might possibly have made ourselves a little bit of a nuisance to poor Mr. Erickson this weekend.  We got not one, not two, but three books autographed; I unashamedly videotaped part of Mr. Erickson's concert from the second row; we asked him a million questions about where he got his inspiration for writing; we asked to take a picture with him; I volunteered to be the workshop hostess during his concert; AND I bought him lunch at Chick-fil-a.  As he was preparing to leave, I even offered to help him carry his stuff out.  He was all, "No, that's okay.  I'm good." 

What can we say?  We love books.

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  1. OH.MY.GAWD. Hank the Cowdog was a long time favorite here!! I think we about wore the cds out!!! LOVED them!

  2. That's cool you got to meet your favorite author. He must have either been flattered or scared!

    I love that you're drawing in your posts. You're creative and funny--I think you need to write and illustrate your own children's book.