Friday, May 28, 2010

Flower Power

Here is the artwork that I created for Target's May carnival at St. Jude hospital. Hope everyone is enjoying this "spring" weather!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gadgets from Kids

Here are some more great LL gadgets sent in by kids!

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 or mailed to:
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
PO Box 60155
Florence, MA 01062

Monday, May 24, 2010

Random Acts of Reading

There is a new book blog in town and I was honored to have been asked to design the logo. Check out for the latest in book suggestions, editor and author interviews and plenty more good kid-lit related material.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Set Your DVRs

The good people from the Children's Book Council will be on the CBS Early Show on Saturday morning, chatting up the winners of the Children's Choice Book Awards. Look for a flash of Lunch Lady yellow on your TV screens!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

No sleep 'till Brooklyn! At WORD this Saturday.

Hey Brooklynites -- come on out to Word this Saturday at 1PM for their "Graphic Novel Spectacular for Kids".

Here is the official description:

An afternoon of readings, improvisational drawing and activities, featuring: Frank Cammuso (Knights of the Lunch Table), Chris Giarusso (G-Man: Learning to Fly), Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown) Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn) and Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom).
Here is Word's info: 126 Franklin Street Brooklyn, NY 11222 | 718-383-0096

See you there!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Now Offering Virtual Author Visits

Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, we here at Studio JJK will be offering a Virtual Author Visit program.

Check out all of the info over at See yah on the Internets!

Monday, May 17, 2010

LL4 Book Tour

Before you pack your bags for summer camp, come on out to see me at one of these great events for Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown!

May 22 - 1 PM
- Brooklyn, NY - WORD! Graphic Novel Spectacular!

June 5 - 11 AM
- S. Hadley, MA - Odyssey Bookshop

June 12 - 1PM - Burnsville, MN - Rhythm and Words Music and Book Festival - Burnsville, MN - Event organized by the Dakota Library System and hosted at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center

June 13 - 12:30PM - Minneapolis, MN - Wild Rumpus Bookstore

June 13 - 3:00PM
- St. Paul, MN -
Red Balloon Bookshop

June 25 - 9AM-3PM - Worcester, MA - Worcester State College Author's Institute

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What Scieszka is Reading

Check out what the Stinky Cheese Man told the Scholastic folk he's reading these days. Looks like I owe the Scieszka PayPal another five bucks . . .

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Now I know how Kelly Clarkson felt....

...but Kelly Clarkson never got to meet Judy Blume!

Are you there, God? It's me, JJK

Thank you, thank you, thank you -- to all of the kids who voted in the Children's Choice Book Awards! Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute is "3rd and 4th Grade Book of the Year"! I am humbled and honored by your support! And thank you to all of the teachers, librarians, parents and booksellers who have been turning their kids on to the Lunch Lady books. Your support means absolutely everything to me.

My buddy, Chad Beckerman, who was sitting in the row behind me, shot a video of my acceptance speech. Here it is for your viewing pleasure. (It may take a second to load.)

Here I am with the amazing crew at Random House Children's Books. If it weren't for these guys, Lunch Lady would live only in my sketchbook. Thank you to the best team in publishing!

And here are some pictures from the evening. I was constantly star-struck at every turn. (Please pardon what will be an excessive amount of exclamation points.)

Katherine Patterson!
Bridge to Terabithia!!!!

Peter Brown accepting the award for "Illustrator of the Year".
I remember Pete telling me about The Curious Garden years ago. I knew back then that the book would be something special. It is that and so much more!

SCIESZKA! (And me trying to figure out how to work my very old camera.)

Judi Barrett!
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!!!
*note Jerry Pinkney in background

Judi Barrett and Jerry Pinkney!
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Lion and the Mouse!!!
*note Jerry Pinkney in foreground

Mr. Gordon 39 Clues Zoobreak Korman!

Now as the saying goes, behind every good man, is a good woman. That saying is almost true, next to me is the best woman in the entire world and I am lucky to have her. Gina is such a huge support and when I can't find my garment bag to schlep my suit across the country, she very happily lets me borrow her Vierra Bradley bag. Quilted with pink bows and flowers. Yes, Gina is enjoying every second of this . . .

LL4 - on shelves now!

Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown is now available! Lunch Lady and the crew leave the halls of Thompson Brooke School for a summer of outdoor tranquility. But of course, something is not right at Camp Fun Times . . .

Monday, May 10, 2010

Gadgets from Kids

I've been getting lots of great LL gadget ideas from kids. I'm excited to be finally posting a few. There are more to come in the following weeks!

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 or mailed to:
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
PO Box 60155
Florence, MA 01062

Friday, May 07, 2010

LL5 sneak peek

I've been hard at work on Lunch Lady # 5 -- Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit (on shelves 12/28/10).

I just finished the cover design. Here's a sneak peek: