Thank You, James Franco!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I owe James Franco big time. Yup, that James Franco: the movie star, now author.

Let me explain.

Several years ago, I started trying to remember the name of an author who wrote children's books. I had memories of, as a child, scouring the section with his books to see if there were any more I had yet to read. As an adult, I could only remember some vague details about his books, but I'd seen people in "bookish" communities locate all kinds of books/authors with little description to off. So I asked. I feel like I asked everywhere. Here's what I knew.
  • The author was also the illustrator.
  • The illustrations were beautifully well-done. And they were colored in what looked like color pencil.
  • From what I remembered, all his books were about animals.

  • The books were long.

  • Each page had a lot of writing, and the writing was somewhat more difficult. Like it wasn't your typical kids' book.

And I think that's all I could remember. And no one could ever figure out who I was talking about.

Do you see where this is going? James Franco figured it out for me. (I didn't even realize he was listening! LOL) After several years, James Franco answered my question. It's like he just said, "Oh Jenny. This is who it is."

Okay, I'll be honest, we didn't technically speak to each other. In all reality, I was reading his debut book, Palo Alto, which is a book of short stories. (Review for that will be up in the near future). I don't even remember which story it was in, but one of his characters is reminiscing back to this specific author's books that he used to read.

Bill Peet.

As soon as I saw that I may have *gasped*. Is that him?? Are those the books? The name does sound familiar! So I quickly put down the book and googled his name. And I recognized the book covers instantly. They look just the way I remembered from over 20 years ago. And look at one sentence I found on wikipedia:

"Unlike most other children's authors, Peet did not dumb down the vocabulary of his stories, but somehow managed to include enough context to make the meaning of difficult words obvious."

That explains my memory of the books being more difficult.

So now the mystery has been solved and I'm excited to head out to the bookstore and check these out! I am very seriously contemplating buying them one at a time for my to-be-started children's book collection. But that is a topic for another day.


Thank you, James Franco!

8 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

What a funny story. Have you seen Eat Pray Love yet? I believe thats James too :)

Zibilee said...

My best friend LOVES James Franco and I sent her a link to your post. Thank you James for being so helpful and cute to boot!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

James Franco is good for many many things. :)

I'll have to check these out!

Kristin said...

Great post! I'm your newest follower! Stop by and say hi if you get a chance (I love James Franco too:)

Kristin
MyBookishWays

Shooting Stars Mag said...

That's hilarious. I hate when I can't remember an author or name of a book and nobody seems to know what I'm talking about. I'm glad you finally figured out. And speaking of James...I LOVE him. lol I really want to read his book.

-lauren

nomadreader (Carrie) said...

I adore stories of coincidence like this one! What fun. I didn't read these as a child, but remembering something beloved is as satisfying as finding someone who also loved it.

Tameka said...

James Franco is the muse for my current WIP so let's just say he's the gift that keeps on giving!

I've never seen these books before but they look awesome, I might have to pick a few up for my daughter!!

Trish said...

Isn't it funny how answers just kind of land in your lap like that? How funny! And now I'm also off to check out the author as I'm unfamiliar and looking for children's books.

Um, plus James Franco couldn't be any cuter...

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