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As many of you know we had a contest that ended last week. We asked our readers to guess whether the Luggertuck Lump was a rock or a diamond. The winner was selected at random using what else, but Random.org.

The Winner is:

Superfolderchad

Chad will win a picture drawn by author Tom Angleberger from either Horton Halfpott or Origami Yoda.

Congratulations Chad and thanks to all of you who participated.

*Spoiler*

If you would like to know whether the lump was a rock or a diamond, I won’t spoil the surprise. The answer can be found by reading Horton Halfpott or if you just can’t wait, drag your mouse over the line between the asterisks below to expose the answer.

**The Luggertuck Lump is a rock, sorry M’Lady. **

Special thanks to Tom Angleberger for graciously donating the prize.

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk

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Don’t forget we still have a contest going on!

BIG GIVEAWAY!

Author Tom Angleberger has graciously agreed to offer an original drawing of the winner’s favorite character.

Or if you don’t have a favorite yet, he’ll do a Portrait of M’Lady.

What do I need to do to win the fabulous prize, you say? Simply respond and let us know whether you think the Luggertuck Lump is truly a diamond or a lump of rock.

In this case cheating is encouraged and you will find the answer by reading Horton Halfpott. We will select a winner at random on May 20th.

4 MORE DAYS!

Well? Is it a lump or diamond?

Have you ever written a diamond only to find out it was actually a lump?

Have you ever honed a lump into a diamond?

I wish I was eligible ~ I would so love that piece of book art!

All this thinking about lumps and art going on. So at the risk of creating a rambling post…

The first draft of my picture book Red, White and Blue Goodbye was well over a thousand words and covered a six month military deployment. That is a lot of story for a picture book. You might even call it a lump of  a story.

Eventually I managed to focus in on the heart of the situation – the difficulty and anxiety wrapped up in preparing to say goodbye. The story shrank as it was distilled and more tightly focused.

But then it grew again with the pictures created by Ann Barrow. I learned more about the world I’d created. They lived in New England, not San Diego like I thought. There was a cat in the family. My main character is left handed. And Mr. Quack is way cuter than I realized.

I’m not sure what the connection was for Ann, but I discovered a plush Mr. Quack look-a-like designed by the illustrator Maggie Smith who has an adorable collection of cuties for sale on Etsy.

Back to the contest – make sure you decide: The Luggertuck Lump; is it a lump or diamond?

*ANSWER HERE*

In your writing, can you tell the lumps from the diamonds?

Sarah Wones Tomp

WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK

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I really loved Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. It was a fun irreverent book with a lot of heart. When I heard that Tom was writing another book I was eager to check it out.

(If you’re looking for information about the giveaway I will post it below.)

The author states that he was inspired by Dickens and it shows. Horton Halfpott is a lowly, good-hearted kitchen boy who finds himself thrust into a story filled with: A stolen diamond, snooping stable boys, a famous detective, the disappearance of a valuable wig, love, pickle eclairs, unbridled Evil, and the Black Deeds of the Shipless Pirates. This is a fun book.(If you’re still looking for information about the giveaway I will post it below, it’s almost time.)

Here is the book description from Amulet Books:

Tom Angleberger’s latest, loopiest middle-grade novel begins when M’Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset (it’s never been loosened before!), thereby setting off a chain of events in which all the strict rules of Smugwick Manor are abandoned. When, as a result of “the Loosening,” the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks look for someone to blame. Is it Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can’t tell a lie? Or one of the many colorful cast members in this silly romp of a mystery.

(Not quite yet, but we’re getting closer)

Book Thoughts:

  • This book with is a great read with short, fast paced chapters, slapstick humor and humorous asides.
  • This book will appeal to both boys and girls alike.
  • The windows on the book cover glow in the dark!
  • Once again the author has created a fun irreverent book with a lot of heart.
(Just a bit more)

For more information about Horton Halfpott, check out the official website. For more information about author Tom Angleberger, check out the following websites:  Berger & Burger orThe Strange Case of Origami Yoda. If your a fan of Origami Yoda and can’t wait for more, your in luck, Darth Paper Strikes Back is scheduled for release September 2011.

And now it’s time for the BIG GIVEAWAY!

Author Tom Angleberger has graciously agreed to offer an original drawing of the winner’s favorite character.

Or if you don’t have a favorite yet, he’ll do a Portrait of M’Lady.

What do I need to do to win the fabulous prize, you say? Simply respond and let us know whether you think the Luggertuck Lump is truly a diamond or a lump of rock.

In this case cheating is encouraged and you will find the answer by reading Horton Halfpott. We will select a winner at random on May 20th, so you procrastinators out there only have 10 days to respond.

So lump of rock or diamond? Which one do you think it is?

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk

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Meet the Tom Angleberger the talented author of “The Strange Case of The Origami Yoda.”

Here is a brief bio:

Tom is a hillbilly nerd, living in the Appalachians, calling square dances, watching kung-fu movies, juggling, reading Victorian novels, tubing, folding origami, writing and drawing.

WOTS: What was your road to publication?

TA: It ran straight through Hell. Twice. I’m still waiting to get some of those SASEs back from 2004!
But now, I’ve reached Heaven … also known as Amulet Books.

WOTS: Can you tell me a bit about your writing process? Do you plot or not?

TA: I like to let things stew. I’ll get an idea and just let it simmer for awhile. Maybe a month, maybe more. If I keep thinking about it and adding to it, it will eventually be ready.
My first book, Qwikpick, was the result of me realizing that two such stews could be combined into one.

WOTS: Are you working on any new projects that you can tell us about?

TA: Nobody knows this yet except my wife … I’ve written an semi-outline for Origami Yoda 3. It’s been stewing for a long time and I was ready to write down the basics. And I’ve got a ton of MSs at various places in the pipeline.
WOTS: Describe your studio or usual work space for us.

TA: I have a gigantic pile of junk in a room upstairs. A desk and chair can be found within. I am surrounded by Star Wars stuff and origami paper and old drawings, toys, books, robot parts, etc…

WOTS: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

TA: Sometimes I really wish I’d gone into advertising. It’s been a lifelong fascination of mine.

WOTS: What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?

TA: I was on the college newspaper with Patton Oswalt, Dave Lasky and Cece Bell. Patton is now a Hollywood star. Dave is about to blow everyone away with his Carter Family graphic novel. Cece is a Candlewick author with 7 books out and more to come.

I married one of those 3.

WOTS: What was your inspiration for your book The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda?

TA: I was reading BoingBoing, one of the best Websites around, when I saw a picture of Fukiami Kawahata’s origami Yoda. It’s a masterpiece. I knew I could never fold it. So I tried to fold my own, super-simple one. When I was done, it fit on my finger like a puppet. From there the book wrote itself.

WOTS: Was it difficult coming up with a follow-up for Origami Yoda?

TA: No! The kids have made it very, very clear who they wanted to star in the book. And I wanted it too. And my editor helped inspire the plot.

WOTS: We here at Writing on the Sidewalk tend to procrastinate with our writing, where do you fit in Procrastinator or Proactive?

TA: In bewtween, I guess. When I know I’m ready to write, it’s just a matter of finding time to sit down and let it pour out. And when it’s revision time, I like to get it done as soon as possible.

“The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda” has been selected as a CYBILS finalist and an ALA Notable Read nominee, we wish you all the best. I will be sharing my book thoughts on this very fun book during my next turn to blog.

Tom’s latest book “Horton Halfpott” will be released in May. To find out more about Tom and his books or to learn how to fold an origami yoga be sure to check out   http://www.origamiyoda.com or http://riddleburger.wordpress.com.

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk

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