If you’re a fan of the Tapper Twins books, did you know Claudia and Reese both have Instagram accounts? They use them to post pics of various things they get up to in New York City — mostly things that AREN’T in the books, so they’re worth checking out while you bide your time before The Tapper Twins Go Viral comes out.
SPEAKING OF WHICH: there are a ton of references in …Go Viral to videos that Claudia posts on line…and after the book comes out on April 4th, 2017, a bunch of those videos are going to wind up on Claudia’s Instagram page. So you’ll probably want to check those out starting in early April. In the meantime —
When you do, keep an eye out for other Tapper Twins characters in the comment sections. Xander, James Mantolini, Sophie, Carmen, the Fembots, and others all might pop up from time to time.
THE TAPPER TWINS RUN FOR PRESIDENT is in stores now (yay!), and I’ll be doing a few public appearances in New York City and Orlando over the next few weeks to talk Tapper Twins and whatever else anybody cares to ask about. If you’re into that sort of thing, drop by and say hi! Here are details:
Saturday, September 17th — 1:00pm — Books of Wonder 18 West 18th Street, New York City — I’ll be on a panel with a bunch of other middle grade authors. Fun! Exciting! (Hopefully!)
Saturday, October 1st — 10:00am-4:00pm — Authors in the Park Book Festival, Winter Park/Orlando, FL — I’ll be giving a “keynote speech” (I have no idea what that means) around 10:00, so show up early if you want to see that. But I’ll also be hanging out until late afternoon, or at least until I have to go to the airport. So feel free to come by later, too.
Friday, October 21st — 4:00 pm — Jefferson Market Library, 6th Avenue at 10th Street, NYC — There will be no speech. But there will be pizza! We’ll be discussing THE TAPPER TWINS RUN FOR PRESIDENT and eating pizza. (At least, I think we’ll be eating pizza…)
And now, a 42-second trailer about a presidential election between a thoughtful, policy-minded female and a guy without a shred of experience who’s constantly spouting off the first thing that comes to his mind:
The really great thing? You can laugh at this one without experiencing a gnawing sense of existential dread for the future of American democracy.
To get your copy of The Tapper Twins Run for President (before or after the September 6th release date), click a link below. Thanks!
Woke up this morning to the very welcome news that THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) made Florida’s 2016-17 Sunshine State Young Readers Award list!
If you’re an eligible schoolkid in Florida or Maine, please vote! For any book on the list! Doesn’t have to be the Tapper Twins. (Although it’d be awesome if it was. Especially because the more votes the Tapper Twins get in this kind of thing, the more likely it is that there will be more Tapper Twins books beyond the first four.)
— Florida SSYRA (@FloridaSSYRA) April 18, 2016
Many, many thanks to all the awesome librarians in Maine and Florida who thought enough of the Tapper Twins to include it in the company of such a great group of books.
Both of them!
Against each other!
On September 6th, Claudia and Reese face off with the leadership of Culvert Prep’s sixth grade on the line.
And as they tend to do in Tapper Twins books, things get a little crazy.
I don’t want to spoil anything… But here’s a campaign poster from class troublemaker James Mantolini:
Want to learn more? Check out a preview of the opening chapters at the back of any hardcover or ebook copy of THE TAPPER TWINS TEAR UP NEW YORK!
And if you’d like to see more sneak previews of art and photos from the book, post a comment by scrolling down and/or clicking the “LEAVE A COMMENT” button at the end of this post!
Want to make sure you get your copy the day it appears in stores? Reserve a copy at your local bookstore or click over to one of these fine online purveyors of quality children’s literature and preorder: Powell’s! McNally-Jackson! Indiebound! Barnes and Noble! Books-a-Million! Ibooks! Amazon!
And seriously, leave a comment below. If I get enough comments, my publisher might let me post more stuff.
Going to be in New York City on Friday, January 15th at 4:00pm? Come by the Jefferson Market Library at 6th Avenue and 10th Street for Books and Pizza, courtesy of the New York Public Library and the Jeff Market branch’s awesome youth librarian Rebecca Schosha!
There will be pizza!
There will also be books!
Specifically, The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other), which we’ll be discussing.
I’m not 100% sure, but I think you might have to be willing to discuss the book in order to get the pizza.
Also, I’ll be there! And I will happily answer any of your Tapper Twins-related questions! As long as my mouth isn’t full of pizza. And maybe even if it is.
Hope to see you there!
You should! Seriously. These books are AMAZING, and I’m not just saying that because I get royalties from them.
And if you are…why not make that gift EXTRA-SUPER-SPECIAL by having it signed and personalized to your friend/loved one/person-you-got-stuck-with-in-the-Secret-Santa-drawing?
Because for a limited time only, I will autograph and personalize as many books as you want FOR FREE!
Well, not exactly. It’d be kind of a hassle for me to sign the actual books unless you’re within a five-block radius of my apartment (if you are, email me and maybe we can work something out).
But what I WILL do for free is send you a personalized, autographed Tapper Twins or Chronicles of Egg book plate that you can affix to the inside of your copy!
It’ll be almost exactly like my having signed the book itself, and it’ll look something like one of these:
Nice, right? Do you like the “Get hooked” catch phrase on the Egg plate? And the little drawing of a hook? There’s no extra charge for that kind of thing.
For those of you unclear on the concept of a “book plate,” it’s basically a fancy sticker. You can peel off the back and stick it pretty much anywhere you want. Most people choose the interior title page, but it’ll stick to anything, so if you’d rather put it on a notebook, refrigerator, the back of an unsuspecting victim, etc…have at it. I’m not going to judge you.
And again: THIS IS FREE, and I’ll send as many book plates as you have books to stick them in. Just send a mailing address and the first name of the recipient to geoff(at)geoffrodkey.com (using an @ instead of the (a) – I have to type it this way or Internet-trolling spambots will harvest the address from this post and send me spam email for years) and I’ll hook you up.
Email me by 4pm on December 18th, and I guarantee delivery in time for Christmas!
Any later than that, and I will guarantee delivery by Martin Luther King Day. (For which the Tapper Twins and Chronicles of Egg books would also make fine, if somewhat inexplicable, gifts.)
Thanks to the good people at Little Brown Young Readers, now you can create your very own Tapper-Twins-themed scavenger hunt in your local library and/or bookstore! Just download this handy PDF, print one out for everybody who’s playing, and have at it!
(No purchase necessary. Library and/or bookstore not included.)
There are two reasons for this. The first is that I can’t draw my way out of a paper bag. Even my stick figures look incompetent. And not funny-incompetent. Just incompetent-incompetent.
The second is that the photos work well with the premise: that the books are oral histories compiled by twelve-year-old Claudia Tapper from interviews with her friends. Like most tweens I know, if Claudia wants to visually document something, she pulls out a phone and snaps a pic…like this one of her family’s Upper West Side apartment building:
When I first had the idea to photo-illustrate the books, I can’t tell you how exciting it was to realize I could compensate for my total lack of artistic talent by using my phone. By then, I was nearly finished writing The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other), so its illustrations came from a hodgepodge of sources—stock images, photos my son and I took around New York, the iconic Alfred Eisenstaedt “V-J Day” photo that I paid WAY too much money to license, and a dozen screenshots from a fictional video game called “MetaWorld,” which may look vaguely familiar to fans of a currently popular game that also begins with “M”:
But in the sequel, The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York (about a scavenger hunt gone horribly awry), Claudia and her friends’ photo-taking is integral to the plot, and staging the photos was almost as important as the actual writing.
Which is how I wound up slugging my friend Trevor while wearing an off-brand Cookie Monster costume in the middle of Times Square:
Wait, I missed a couple of steps. Let me back up: at one point in the book, Claudia witnesses a fight between two costumed characters in Times Square—which I wrote into the story partly because it seemed like it’d make for a great series of photos.
Unfortunately, it was also logistically challenging. Here’s a fun fact: did you know it’s cheaper to buy an off-brand Cookie Monster costume than it is to rent one? I now own two. And I no longer have to worry about what I’m going to wear on Halloween for the next decade.
Then there was the issue of who would wear the costumes. Since I planned to take the photos myself, I needed two actors, and my budget didn’t allow me to actually pay anyone. So I recruited my wife and 12-year-old son, primarily because my 10-year-old was too short for the costume, and my 14-year-old adamantly refused to have anything to do with the endeavor.
We headed up to Times Square early on a Sunday morning, and at first it seemed like a fun family outing! Here are my wife and son suiting up in the plaza:
Then we started shooting, and the trouble started. It turns out that if you put on a costume in Times Square, tourists will assume you’re there to pose for photos with them. And when they don’t speak English, it’s VERY hard to explain that you’re not that kind of character. In the end, it was less of a hassle to just let them take the photos so they’d quit bugging us:
The second—and much more crippling—problem was the actors I’d chosen. It wasn’t just that they barely fit in the costumes. It was that my wife can’t throw a punch, and my 12-year-old’s attitude was terrible. He was convinced someone he knew was going to see him, despite our pointing out that A) he was unrecognizable as anything but a knockoff Cookie Monster, and B) nobody who actually lives in New York EVER goes to Times Square unless they absolutely have to, and certainly never on a Sunday morning. So my kid spent the entire shoot standing motionless like a statue, with muffled moans of “Can we stop now?” emanating from underneath his giant blue head as my wife poked him with the lamest fake punches I’ve ever seen:
So I had to reshoot. Fortunately, my friend Trevor is not only game for just about anything, but works near Times Square—and so does Trevor’s wife’s equally game cousin, Jesse, who agreed to take the photos while Trevor and I went at each other. We convened at 8:00am on a Thursday and got a bunch of great shots, including this one capturing the stunned reaction of some guy on his way to work:
Unfortunately, we had to wrap up early when a deranged loiterer chased us from the square while threatening us with ACTUAL violence, as opposed to the fake version we were staging. But that’s a story for another time…and probably a less kid-friendly web site, because the things he was yelling at us were pretty inappropriate.
Hope you like The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York! And if you visit Times Square, keep an eye out for deranged loiterers! It’s a lot safer than it used to be…but it’s still Times Square.
(Many thanks to the good people at Nerdy Book Club, where this post originally appeared.)
Claudia and Reese’s latest video is a helpful guide to New York City’s vast array of exotic, glamorous, and occasionally disgusting wildlife: pigeons, rats, cockroaches, celebrities, Times Square cartoon characters…et cetera.
Check it out below! With many, many thanks to the extremely talented Adrian Palacios and everybody else at Little Brown who helped make this so awesome:
You know what’s great? FREE PIZZA!
You know what else is great? THE TAPPER TWINS TEAR UP NEW YORK — the hilarious, chock-full-of-photos sequel to the New York Times bestseller THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER)!
And if you drop by Books of Wonder at 18 West 18th Street at 6:00pm on September 29th, you can enjoy BOTH of these things!
Along with an (optional) in-store scavenger hunt! Which, unlike the scavenger hunt in THE TAPPER TWINS TEAR UP NEW YORK, will hopefully not cause a riot. (At least not in the pejorative sense of the word.)
PLUS, I’ll regale you with behind-the-scenes photos and anecdotes from the making of the book! Including:
— The terrifying story of my near-assault at the hands of a deranged loiterer in Times Square while wearing an off-brand Cookie Monster costume
— The best Lower East Side tailor to use when custom-designing T-shirts for a 9-inch-tall school mascot
— Why forcing my 12-year-old to serve as a photo model against his will was, all things considered, probably not the best choice for either the book or our relationship (and who I found to replace him for the reshoots)
If you can’t make it out for what I promise will be the best free pizza available within delivery range of 18th Street and 5th Avenue, you can still order an autographed copy from Books of Wonder OR get a copy from a different purveyor of quality children’s literature and enjoy what I guarantee is the ABSOLUTELY BEST photo-illustrated comedy about a New York City scavenger hunt gone horribly awry that you’ll read all year!
And be sure to check out TapperTwins.com for a ton of fun content — including the hilarious Tapper Twins Video Guide To The Wildlife Of New York City, which my publisher swears they’re going to post any day now!
Hope to see you on the 29th!
PS: if you ABSOLUTELY CAN’T WAIT until the 29th to see me in person, come by my panel discussion on Sunday, Sept. 20th at 11:00am at the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Youth Stage. You have no idea how grateful I’ll be to see you there. (Seriously.)
PPS: if you live anywhere near Houston, Texas, come by the Tweens Read Festival on Saturday, October 3rd to meet me, Lemony Snicket, and 20 other children’s book authors who are much more famous than I am!
And if you’re in New York City on September 29th at 6:00pm, come by the launch party at Books of Wonder on West 18th Street off Fifth Avenue!
I promise you this is the funniest book you’ll ever read about a scavenger hunt across New York City…
…that incorporates plush-toy school mascots…
…horribly mangled plush-toy school mascots…
…non-mangled plush-toy school mascots in the vicinity of famous NYC landmarks like Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain…
…a fistfight between Times Square cartoon characters….
…and a mass riot of 12-year-olds (photo not available due to budget constraints) all clamoring to win front-row seats at Madison Square Garden!
The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York arrives in stores September 29th…but if you want to avoid the mass riot of 8-to-12-year-olds that will likely accompany its release, you can preorder now and have it delivered to your door when it comes out! Here are those links again:
If you want to read a preview of the opening chapters, head over to TapperTwins.com!
And if you’ve got a Kindle, download the first eight chapters for free right now!
And if you’re at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 20th, come to my panel discussion at the Youth Pavilion at 11:00am!
Or, if you’re in Houston, come to Tweens Read on Saturday, October 3rd to meet me, Lemony Snicket, and twenty other children’s book authors who are much more famous than I am!
You have to squint to see it…but it’s there. Yay!
Many, many thanks to everyone at Little Brown Young Readers, without whose heroic efforts this never would’ve happened — especially Andrea Spooner, Liz Casal, Megan Tingley, Andrew Smith, Melanie Chang, Emilie Polster, Lisa Moraleda, Russ Busse, Deirdre Jones, Victoria Stapleton, Kristin Dulaney, Allegra Green, Adrian Palacios, and anybody else I forgot…
Okay, this is pretty much the coolest thing ever: the first of three animated videos starring the Tapper twins.
In this one, Claudia and Reese explain just what’s so weird about growing up in New York City:
Many, many thanks to Adrian Palacios and the good people at Little Brown who made this so awesome.
THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (WITH EACH OTHER) is in stores now! Which is nice.
And I’m going on a short book tour! Which will also be nice…but only if people show up to the events. Sooooooo here’s the list:
Sunday, April 19 — 12:00 pm — LA Times Festival of Books — Los Angeles, CA (USC campus) — YA Stage (panel discussion w/Mac Barnett, Jory John, Mo O’Hara, and Leila Howland)
It’ll be fun! The events are free, I tell a lot of jokes, and I swear I won’t make you feel guilty if you don’t buy a book. Although if you’re going to go to all the trouble of coming out, I mean…y’know…
Hope to see you next week!
Okay, it wasn’t technically a party. It was a “launch event.”
But it was fun! Here are some pictures:
Many, many thanks to the great folks at Books of Wonder on West 18th Street. And they have a TON of autographed copies of THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR! If you want one, stop by the store or click here to order online.
So my New Year’s resolution to post more content that’s not just regurgitated, totally blatant book marketing doesn’t seem to be going all that well.
But who cares? Here’s a book trailer!
You no longer have to take my word for it that The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other) is good — this very enthusiastic review in Publishers Weekly confirms it!
If you’re too lazy to click the link, here’s the money quote:
The clear winners are readers of this uproarious series opener, which is packed with both laugh-out-loud moments and heart.
And while we’re on the subject of reviews…here’s a sampling of feedback from ACTUAL PARENTS of kids who’ve read advance copies of The Tapper Twins Go To War:
Nice, right? And they’re all 100% real! No, really. All the Little Brown publicity department did was dress them up in a nice font.
Want to read the opening chapters or pre-order the book? Head over to TapperTwins.com.
I could probably embed the preview and save you a click if I weren’t totally incompetent.
Here, let me try:
Did that work? Ohmygosh, I think that actually worked.
Wow! WordPress really IS idiot-proof.
(Even if it didn’t work, your sneak preview of The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other) is just a click away. Enjoy!)