Okay, so last October this very cool, funny author-type person contacts me about a chapter book he's written about a boy and his bugs. I tell him I don't really review anything but picture books, but okay, I'll make an exception.
I get the book. It sits there.
For seven months it sits by my bedside. Sometimes it gets knocked off to eventually be retrieved and dusted off. Twice it made its way to the bottom of a stack of laundry.
Every time I flipped through it, I'd think "This looks so darned FUNNY, now why don't I read it?" And then I never would.
Basically, a boy's family is under threat from an alliance of bugs, slimy critters and an evil crow. You can read the Amazon descriptions here but the coolest part is that the boy gets to transform himself into an animal too.
It looks like it has everything you need in a book for boys: disgusting stuff, action and adventure and big battles with more excuses for disgusting stuff. I say "looks like" because Book Buds was recently under orders from our family's chief executive (that would be my husband) to pack everything up and put it in storage so we could sell the house.
And, so, uh, well, um ... I put the book in storage. And this isn't short-term, just-until-we-move kinda storage. It's sitting under a stack of family china I never used, Depression glass plates, and these linens. Plus a bunch of stuff I can't recall.
And plenty more books. Pond Scum is in good company, I'm afraid.
And then Alan Silberberg emailed me again last week to remind me about his book.
Ahhh ... I hope he'll forgive me if I only plug the book instead of reviewing it. Alan's planning a big summer promotion, which you can view here.
I'm so sorry, except that this may happen to a few more authors over the summer as Book Buds becomes temporarily homeless. (Oh yeah, we're in escrow. But, um, we don't have a new place picked out.)
Just imagine the trouble I'd be in if I blogged about china.