Fan art and librarians

Writer and artist, Chris Howard, was so inspired by reading Magic or Madness he painted a portrait of Reason:

It amazes me that my books have inspired some folks to commit art. Makes me all teary!

I’m also made teary1 by the awesomeness of the vast majority of librarians. The recent kerfuffle over a dog’s scrotum has led many to think that librarians in the US of A are all for banning books over a single word. This is emphatically not the case. The American Library Association has a whole division that goes to battle to protect intellectual freedom in the US of A. They’re the ones who bring us banned books week. They fight the good fight! They are all godesses. (Even the boy librarians.)

Teariness also comes over me as I contemplate all the kids’ books that have the word “scrotum” in them. (Mostly because if I had one I would cry if these things were done to said body part. I mean, OW!) Via Read Alert.

  1. Best segue ever, eh? []


  1. passing kiwi on #

    What? Nothing about the cricket? (executes tiny frenzied comment-box bound celebratory dance manoeuvre)

    Looking forward to the third book, although I presume we’re two months away as well…

  2. Justine on #

    Congratulations! Go black caps!

    No conspiracy of silence, honest. It’s just a lot harder to follow the cricket from onver here.

    And, yeah, I do believe it’s out in NZ at the same time as Oz.

  3. Faith on #

    What a lovely portrait! I’m glad I found your blog. And I must say that after reading Magic or Madness for the first time, I had to promptly re-read it. Not cover to cover, though, as I do on the few occasions when I must promptly re-read a book, but jumping around. I can pay you no higher compliment.

  4. Beth on #

    Justine, you are so cool. I was so excited to see the third book mentioned on Bookwink. Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Justine on #

    Faith: Thank you! I blush.

    Beth: What is this? Make Justine blush day?

    Magic’s Child was mentioned on Bookwink? Wow! Where? Please to tell! I need to know!

  6. Chris Howard on #

    Glad you like it, Justine! Thank you for taking all of us halfway around the world and back–and introducing us to Reason and Jay-Tee and Tom and Esmeralda. Thank you for the story.

  7. Justine on #

    Chris: You’re welcome!

    Little Willow: Back atcha!

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