Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Just One More Book - video series

My friends Mark and Andrea over at Just One More Book made a trip to the Northampton area last fall with their daughters Lucy and Bayla. They visited with authors and took photos, audio and video -- all to put together what will be an amazing video series. Interested in taking a peak into the lives of children's book authors? Check out their first video and stay tuned for future episodes here!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Meltdown a success!

The Meltdown was a massive success! The River must have packed in a thousand people, if not twice that, on Saturday. The place was rockin'! To see pics from the entire day, check out the River's website here.

Since G and I headed up the author side of things, here are some pics of the authors who presented.
Anna Alter

Timothy Basil Ering

Jane Yolen

Some sketchy guy with an unpronounceable last name
(photo by Jeanne Birdsall)

Friday, March 27, 2009

River Radio Interview

I sat down with Monte Belmonte yesterday in support of my appearance at Meltdown. You can listen to that interview here. We talk about Punk Farm, Lunch Lady and he tries to get the dirt on the divide between authors and author/illustrators. He also covers my involvement with the Shepard Fairey exhibit and asks me to weigh in on the copyright issues of the Obama Hope poster. You can listen to that segment here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

event at Shepard Fairey exhibit

This Saturday morning, I will be reading Punk Farm and talking about it's inception at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in conjunction with their Shepard Fairey exhibit. "Supply and Demand" is the first major museum retrospective of Shepard's work. As you may know, I reference Shep's Obey campaign in both Punk Farm books and even made a Pig sticker that paid homage to the Obey stickers. Shepard is a good friend and his star has continued to rise over the years with each new project. I am honored to play a small part in this exhibit.

Check out the full information here. My presentation begins at 10 AM and families can spend the rest of the day viewing the exhibition and making Punk Farm themed art with the museum staff.

(Also this Saturday for those of you who live in Western Massachusetts, I will be taking the stage at Meltdown, the River's family music and book bash in the afternoon.)

Where the Wild Things Are movie trailer

Prepare to have your minds blown...


You may be thinking to yourself, "Wow, Jarrett is really on top of this Where the Wild Things Are movie thing." Well, as it turns out, it really is just my good friend Galen who finds these things and sends them to me because he knows I am as obsessed as he is. And I once referred to Galen as my pal on this blog and he got all huffy, so I will instead say that I found this trailer through one of my life's greatest friends, Galen — who is featured in my book Annie Was Warned as the kid in the yellow hat dressed as the sea monster.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Back when G and I were first moving out here to Northampton, we thought in the back of our minds that we would like to get involved with our new community. We quickly realized that our skill set would lie somewhere within the realm of children's books. Naturally, right? But what would it be? We thought back to all of our favorite events that I have had with my books and most of them had some sort of live musical component. (I've seen many cool things because of the Punk Farm books.) I had been becoming friendly with two radio DJs over at WRSI The River - Bill Childs (kids' music guru) and Monte Belmonte (morning show super-star), who both had me on their programs. I knew that if I were to mention something to them, they would be into it. Not only were they into it, turns out that Bill had been planning something similar and Monte and the River had been hoping to put some sort of family event together. And there you have it. The gears began whirling at warp speed and now there is:

MELTDOWN The River's Family Music and Book Bash

It all goes down on Saturday, March 28th from 10 AM to 4 PM at JFK Middle School in Florence, MA. There will be rock, there will be readings, there will be so many activities for your young one it will blow your mind!

Check out The River's website for a full list of bands, authors and vendors. It's going to be a trip and G and I are so proud to be involved.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Roundtable radio

Hey radio fans - My radio spot with Jane Yolen, Jeanne Birdsall and Nick Clark has been posted on The Roundtable's website. You can listen to it here. Also click through to hear great segments with the Carle Museum's administrative staff, as well as Mo Willems and Norton Juster. It was a great day for those who could be at the museum and now makes for great listening wherever you may be!

Photo taken from The Roundtable's Flickr page. Sorry to blow up their spot, but the table was actually rectangle.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

WAMC Roundtable Broadcast from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Tune in to WAMC, Albany, NY's NPR affiliate on Friday morning. Host John Donahue will set up shop in the Great Hall of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. I will join friends and literary neighbors Jeanne Birdsall, Norton Juster, Mo Willems, and Jane Yolen.

You can also listen on the web at www.wamc.org/prog-roundtable.html or come by the Carle Museum and see it in person!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Monkey Boys for a Monday

Check out these nifty drawings of Monkey Boy!

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

Friday, March 06, 2009

Rockin' in Rye

Yesterday I had a great visit with the students and teachers of Rye Elementary School up in New Hampshire. Today I received this great picture in my email inbox! The school is celebrating Read Across America Day and the students dressed up as their favorite book characters. Looking good, Holly!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

a note from a young reader

Thanks, Jacob! That's awfully kind of you to say. I like shopping at the mall, too!

Do you have a note or a drawing? I would love to see them!
They can be emailed to me via props@studiojjk.com or mailed to:
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
PO Box 60155
Florence, MA 01062

Monday, March 02, 2009

interview in The Salem News

I was interviewed by The Salem News last week ahead of my gallery talk at the Montserrat College of Art. You can read it here.