Monday, November 21, 2011

Star for Cold Cereal

I craved little gold stars when I was a kid, and apparently not much has changed. Kirkus reviews recently gave a starred review to my next novel, Cold Cereal (coming Feb. 7th), and if they saw fit to send me an actual star in the mail I'd stick it right on my Trapper Keeper.
Kirkus said that
The author tucks in portrait illustrations and hilariously odd TV-commercial storyboards, along with a hooded Secret Society, figures from Arthurian legend, magical spells and potions, a certain amount of violence, many wonderful throwaway lines (“Yeh may have a tarnished glamour about yeh, sure. Like a celebrity’s daughter.”) and tests of character with often surprising outcomes.
I think their classification of the pictures in Cold Cereal as "portrait illustrations" may have something to do with the character of those few images that were actually on display in the Advance Reader Edition. I'm afraid most of the illustrations were missing then. But I got the picture above done in time to include it. From the book:
He steered toward the local park, down the storm drain shortcut he’d discovered yesterday, dodging broken glass and a man with a rabbit head, up the embankment, toward the gap in the fence and was that a man with a rabbit head? Scott braked hard, grinding a black snaking skid behind him. The rabbit-man stopped, too, and looked back. Its tweed pants and white dress shirt were creased and dirty. Its necktie was askew. Its rabbit head was a rabbit head.
And, by way of signing off, here's a picture of two men dressed as a unicorn.


Kelly Polark said...

Did you don a rabbit head before creating your illustration? :)
Can't wait for the book!

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

Just pre-ordered.

Matt Phelan said...

I cannot wait to read this. You're my friend and all, but you're also one of the funniest writers around. That rabbit head sentence is not an easy thing to pull off.

P.s. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Marie!

Z-Kids said...

Those stars are bound to multiply like rabbits, I'm sure. Congrats!
- AZ

Anonymous said...

Cool stuff! Congrats.

Unknown said...

Dying to read the book. Gorgeous title.

Michaele Razi said...

B A M F ! Looks awesome! Will check it out!

Adam Rex said...

Thanks, everyone! And congratulations, Matt, on the movie deal! Marti Noxon is awesome.

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