The second-to-last day of the tour (if you’ve read all these posts and are not my mother, God bless you) found us in Connecticut.
Which seems rather tiny on a map…but is actually enormous. At least, it feels that way when you’re driving through it at rush hour.
We started the day at the Meadowside School in Milford (hi, Carly!), where we met awesome librarian Gail Sostilio and a ton of enthusiastic kids. Thanks to the photographic prowess of Penguin’s Molly Sardella — who, along with Elyse Marshall, has done a superhuman amount of work to get the tour up and running — here’s a shot of the Meadowside crowd with their eyes glued to Jacqueline, just moments before they all burst into laughter at the punch line of her story about an unruly French horn:
After taking some time to sign stock for Madison, CT’s fantastic R.J. Julia bookstore (hi, Karen!), we headed to the Abraham Pierson School in nearby Clinton. Super-librarian Emily Kelsey’s homemade brownies were delicious! And the kids at Abraham Pierson were all-around awesome.
Especially the little girl who hyperventilated with joy upon meeting Jacqueline.
With the tour winding down, I’ve gotten more reckless about snapping photos from the stage at particularly fun moments — like Peter’s screaming freakout after losing all his hair, which two weeks ago was a five-second bit that, 21 shows later, has stretched out longer than a Jimmy Page guitar solo — and is both every bit as loud and twice as awesome. Here’s a still:
Not bad for a movie I wrote before most of these kids were born.
And it takes the sting out of the fact that most of them haven’t read Deadweather and Sunrise.
But they will.
Oh, they will.
Or there will be consequences.
Tune in tomorrow for the exciting conclusion of the World’s Longest Book Tour!