My son and I attended a Wondermore event that raises money to bring in authors to underserved kids in the Boston area. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Jarrett a few times: Skype author visit at my school, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish picture book trailer, and Platypus Police Squad book release at the book store owned by The Dot author Peter H. Reynolds!
Kids were treated to a presentation and drawing project conceived by Jef Czekaj and Jarrett Krosoczka, both very funny children’s authors with impossible to pronounce names. They started their presentation with a helpful slide to help with pronouncing their names. Yes, you really do say “Czekaj” as Check-eye. It’s not “Chez-Kaw”.That’s not obvious?!
You might know Jarrett Krosoczka from his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novel series. Did you know that his old lunch lady inspired the series? Now, lunch ladies all over the world celebrate the notoriety Jarrett Krosoczka has given them!
While the kids poured into the sold out event, my son and his friends took advantage of the paper lying around to warm up for the drawing project to come.
My son decided to work on this 3-D technique.
The assignment was a collaborative comic limited to just four boxes.
The hardest part was that one kid fills out the first two boxes and the other finished the comic BUT THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO COMMUNICATE AT ALL WITH EACH OTHER! It’s blind collaboration!
My son is into DC and Marvel superheros right now and draws them in a stick figure manner battling it out. His two boxes convey a bank robbery with a villain and superhero.
A child in another room finished his comic. It turns out that my son is not really equipped to collaborate on his comics. I think he’s more of a one man show.
I thought the collaborative comic idea was fun. It’s true that collaborating around an artistic vision is not something that is easy to do. I don’t think my son knows how to do this yet but the event did pique his interest in drawing comics and he’s continued to fill spiral notebooks with stick figure superheroes who battle each other ceaselessly.
The event included a book signing. While we waited, my son read his copy of A Call for a New Alphabet by Jef Czekaj. He thought it was very funny and walked over to Jef to pay him a compliment. I also loved how this picture book uses humor to introduce English grammar.
More books by Jef Czekaj:
More books by Jarrett Krosoczka:
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