February 27, 2007
There may not be a thing about Japan in this new book by Lisa Graff. As far as I know, the author isn't coming to Japan. So why did I post this picture? A librarian at the New York Public Library wrote an interview with Lisa Graff on her blog. Ms. Graff's publisher, HarperCollins, said they would give a copy of The Thing About Georgie to the first three people who sent an e-mail to them.
The librarian posted the interview late at night New York time. Everyone must have been sleeping. I was here on the other side of the world. It was 4 PM in the afternoon when I read the interview. I was in the right place at the right time. I sent an e-mail. I got a copy! They mailed it DHL, and it came today.
I've only read the first two pages, but it sounds really good. You will want to look for this new book at your local U.S. bookstore. I'm going to read it to Little Brother. Though he reads English, he prefers to read Japanese. I still read to him in English. We love stories! Thank you Lisa, Betsy, and HarperCollins! English books are precious here!
P.S. We started the book this evening. Little Brother wanted two chapters before bedtime. He wanted more, but it's getting late (Tokyo time).
P.P.S. We started chapter three tonight. As Little Brother said, "This book makes you work." We saved it for tomorrow afternoon. We're loving it.
P.P.P.S. Our answers for chapter 3:
floor to doorknob 94 cm
floor to light switch 125 cm
floor to windowsill 76 cm
floor to faucet 92 cm
floor to table 70 cm
floor to freezer 90 cm
Can you figure that out in inches?