Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Back Pattery Redux

Some really great developments for The True Meaning of Smekday recently:

It won a Cuffie (the Off the Cuff awards compiled annually by Publishers Weekly based on a poll of booksellers) for Funniest Book of the year, tying with Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

It was named best of 2007 in the Fantasy and Science Fiction category of the Cybils (the Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards). Pssst! was also short-listed for the Fiction Picture Book award, incidentally.

Finally, Smekday has been short-listed for the 2007 Andre Norton Award for best in YA Fantasy or Science Fiction.

I am gratefully speechless about all this, so here's a picture of Dracula holding a piece of garlic bread.

16 comments:

Francis Vallejo said...

congrats! You deserve it, great books!

Anonymous said...

Wow, CONGRATS, Adam!

Jill E

thefridayfrog said...

hoooorayyy!!! that's excellent news, a! :)

Andrea Beaty said...

Bravo Adam! I loved Smekday! And your illustration makes me hungry for garlic bread. That's some powerful art!

Andrea Beaty

www.ThreeSillyChicks.com
www.AndreaBeaty.com

Shawn Escott said...

Congrats! Very cool!

I like your dracula eating garlic bread.. :)

Anonymous said...

Very well deserved, great news, Adam.

Dad

MotherReader said...

Congrats on the Cybils. The rest I'll just trust are as prestigious as our blogger awards. ;^)

(Loved both Smekday and Pssst!)

Arrolynn said...

Congratulations!

Jesse Mangerson said...

Your work is really wonderful. Something to aspire to for sure! Glad to have crossed your blog...

Jesse Mangerson

Bill Ferguson said...

I love it. Oh Dracula and his wimpy food allergies. Struck dead by the never Garlic Bread bowl at Olive Garden.

Bill Ferguson said...

Congratulations also on your success.

Guy Stewart said...

Adam:
I'm actually ON the Norton Committee that recommended your book -- and I'm just here to say that I LOVED it! Not only did you present marvelous ideas and cheeky humor, and NOT ONLY were the illustrations funny (I liked that you attributed them to J.Lo ;-) ), but Gratuity was fascinating, funny and ultimately inspiring. The whole story was smart and sassy -- and that's what I (and the other members of the Norton Committee) look for: different. NOT the same-old-same-old. I also specifically look for a "take away message" as well. Though your promary job is to entertain, your second most important job is to impart wisdom...without SEEMING to impart wisdom. A tough job for anyone -- and one you pulled off. The rest of this is out of my hands now, but SMEKDAY will have my vote on the big day.

You made my days lighter with your work. I can't ask for any more from a book.

Adam Rex said...

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment, and special thanks to Guy Stewart. His is exactly the kind of message I think you hope for as an author–he seems to gotten exactly what I wanted people to get from my novel. And he got me nominated for an award! So I at least owe him lunch.

Joshua James said...

That piece is so funny. haha..

Nicole said...

CONGRATS ADAM REX!!!!!!!!!!! you are my kids favorite author! we read the true meaning of smekday every night before bedtime. :) you visited my kid school!

Adam Rex said...

Hi Nicole and Chloe! I'm so glad you found my blog, and that you liked Smekday. Thanks for writing!