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2023/2024 Inprint Cool Brains! Series

Inprint Cool Brains! Series presents Jon Klassen

Sunday October 1, 2023 3:00 pm


Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School
10410 Manhattan Drive
Houston, TX 77096 United States
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  • Free and open to the public
  • Free copies of The Skull for the first 100 families
  • Presentation and Q&A by Jon Klassen
  • Meet the author, book sale, and signing
  • Free bus scholarships available for student groups at info@inprint.org
  • Discounted books available through Brazos Bookstore

The 2023/2024 Inprint Cool Brains! Series proudly presents Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Klassen, sharing his new middle-grade novel The Skull.

JON KLASSEN is the creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling I Want My Hat Back, which won a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, and its companions: This Is Not My Hat, which won a Caldecott Medal and a Kate Greenaway Medal, and We Found a Hat, named a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year. He is also the author-illustrator of The Rock from the Sky and the illustrator of The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse; Extra Yarn; Sam and Dave Dig a Hole; Triangle; Square; and Circle, all by Mac Barnett; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; the Skunk and Badger series by Amy Timberlake; and the middle-grade Pax series by Sara Pennypacker. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon now lives in Los Angeles. 

He joins us to share his new middle-grade novel The Skull, a humorous and thrilling retelling of a traditional Tyrolean folktale. In a big abandoned house, on a barren hill, lives a skull. A brave girl named Otilla has escaped from terrible danger and has run away, and when she finds herself lost in the dark forest, the lonely house beckons. Her host, the skull, is afraid of something too, something that comes every night. Can brave Otilla save them both? According to Kirkus Reviews, “Caldecott medalist Klassen’s signature style is brought to bear on a Tyrolean tale imbued with equal parts comfort and creepiness. . . . One can only hope that children will tell and retell this reinterpretation many times to themselves throughout the years.” The New York Journal of Books adds, “This is a book sure to be read over and over and over again. Even the most reluctant reader will be eager to keep these pages turning.”

***Please note that the book signing will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon entering the theater, people wishing to have books signed will be given a number, and the book signing will take place in numerical order after the on-stage presentation.***