Sunday, June 28, 2009

WICN Inquiry interview

I recently sat down with Inquiry's Mark Lynch to talk about all things Lunch Lady. Give it a listen here. (Also, check out his great interview with children's book historian Leonard Marcus.)

PS: One month to go to the publication of the first two Lunch Lady books. It's hard to believe that I will now be able to count down in days and not months or years!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Graphic Novel Reporter interview

Brigid Alverson of Graphic Novel Reporter interviewed me for their Creator Interview series. Read all about it here. (And check out their great archives while you're there!)


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

3 Bagheads and a Chicken

I have a bunch of great drawings from kids that I've been meaning to post. Here are three Bagheads and a Chicken for your viewing pleasure.

Aren't they great?!

Do you have drawings that you'd like to share? I would love to see them!
They can be emailed to me via or mailed to:
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
PO Box 60155
Florence, MA 01062

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

SCBWI Florida

This Friday and Saturday I will be teaching workshops at Disney for the Florida chapter of the SCBWI. (Pretty smart of them to hold the workshops at Disney, isn't it?)

Here is the full schedule of events.

Looking forward to seeing you there, Floridians!

Monday, June 15, 2009

last Saturday's Boston Globe

I didn't have the posters in junior high, but I still got a kick out of this.

Wenham Museum

Original artwork from the first Lunch Lady book, Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute, is on display at the Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA. "Colorful Characters: Storytelling through Comics" is up now through September 13th.

For all of the information on the exhibit, the museum and special events*, please visit

*I won't be participating in any events at the museum, but I will be at the Beverly Public Library (next town over) on June 27th at 2:30 PM.

book 1, book 2

Since the news of the Lunch Lady film broke last Friday, I've been reading a few misreports on the books. Just to clarify—the first book in the series is Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute.

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians
will be book #2. But not to worry—both books will be available on July 28th.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sweet Peas and Carrots!

I am so thrilled to share some exciting news with you! My upcoming "Lunch Lady" graphic novel series has been optioned by Universal with Amy Poehler set to star. Here is the official article from the Hollywood Reporter.

Amy Poehler is going to make an amazing Lunch Lady. I am so honored that she will be bringing this character to life. I have been a fan of hers for years—she is a comedic genius. It's a dream come true.

Stay tuned! I'm keeping my fingers crossed (and Ralph is crossing all paws) that we get a green light.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Health and Beauty and Baghead

My friend Justin just sent me the following message with the attached picture.

no joke. was reading an essay on beauty and images at the coffee shop. decided to test the theory on myself and picked up the first thing under the coffee table. this is what i found.

Nothing like a well loved book!

Monday, June 08, 2009

JJK and the NFL?

The Cleveland Browns teamed up with their local library system and created a series of videos of players reading from children's books. Here is Josh Cribbs, Wide Receiver and Kick Returner, reading Punk Farm.

This may come as to a surprise to everyone, but I was never much of a football player. I think I played on the schoolyard once and broke my arm.


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Lunch Lady book trailer

Here is a little something to wet your appetite. (Pun intended.)

You can download the Lunch Lady Theme Song as an MP3 from It's catchy a little ditty, isn' it? It was written and performed by the very talented guys of Recess Monkey, check them out at

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


A few weeks ago, I had the distinct honor of addressing the winning entrants of the Letters About Literature contest at the Massachusetts State House. Thousands of entries were whittled down down to dozens and I worked with a great panel of judges to place them in a hierarchy to determine top prizes. It was no easy task! It was fun to meet the young authors in person and congratulate them and their families on their accomplishments.

The Massachusetts Center for the Book hasn't uploaded any pictures yet, but here's a pic of the podium that I snapped with my phone. I felt like a Senatah'.

We are also just back from Book Expo. Man, oh man! Talk about seeing/meeting a lot of people in a very condensed period of time. I saw many booksellers and librarians from book tours past and future. I bid unsuccessfully on a piece by Dan Yaccarino at the ABC Mostly Silent Auction. I speed dated. (Which was a blast!) And I signed a boatload of copies of Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. And I ran into Lane Smith, Jon Scieszka, Holly Black, Matt Phelan, Katie Davis, Peter Brown, Jane Yolen, Mo Willems, Betsy Lewin, Matt de la Pena, Michael Rex, Kate Dicamillo, Alvina Ling, Chad Beckerman, John Lind, Jesse Joshua Watson, Eric Wright, Dianne deGroat, Ruth Sanderson, and probably shared an elevator with more. You know, you're every day kind of book event. After reading a few blogs, I realized that there were plenty of people that I missed. And of course we missed some people because they left the party too early . . . (I'm looking at you, Tomie!)

Zoe had her first publisher's brunch with her daddy's editor and book publicist, had a power lunch with her daddy's literary agent and she also met the President, Vice President and Director of Publicity of Random House Children's Books. She has no idea what's going on.

Lots of exciting excitement going around here these days. Stay tuned for more info! Lunch Lady is less than two months away!!!