Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Author Day for Room 3T

Hi Friends!

Here’s my gift for today!

Take a look and you will see the other monkeys’ favorite sites on board. Yes! Links inside this link! Kid links if you will. Hope you like it as much as I did and do. Actually I hope you have time to look.  Now with our goals of taking more time to write and less time to read blogs and comment, of which I am guilty, I hope you do take some time to check it out. 

Try it and see! I am. I am finding a new spiritual practice, writing meditation. I took a break from all spiritual and religious practices and found this. It works for me. It combines what is most important to me, writing and meditation. And I love the results. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. I promise.

Author Day for Room cover_Title: Author Day for Room 3T

Author: Robin Pulver

Illustrator: Chuck Richards

Suitable for: ages five through third grade

Published by: Clarion Books, fiction, 2005

First Three Sentences: “It was Reading Week at Lerner Elementary School. The students in Room 3T, Mr.Topple’s third-grade class, were expecting a special guest. Harry Bookman, a real live author, was coming for a visit at the end of the week. “

Resources: Teacher’s guides are available from the author’s web site here: and a list of recommended reading which includes books by Jane Goodall on chimpanzees.

Themes: School, author visits, fun, humor, libraries, manners, point of view, reading, tall tales,

From the Jacket: The students in room 3T can’t wait for Friday. That’s when Harry Bookman, a real live author, will visit their school. For weeks they’ve been getting ready. They’ve read all of Harry Bookman’s books. They’ve made up songs about his stories and dressed up as his characters. And they’ve come up with lots of questions to ask him when he arrives.

The kids figure that Harry Bookman must be pretty remarkable to cause so much excitement. So when Mrs. Storey, the school Librarian, tells them that authors are actually just ordinary people, they don’t believe her. And when their visitor enters the school through a window and climbs on a desk, they’re sure that this author, at least, is one special guy.

Robin Pulver’s tongue-in-cheek text and Chuck Richards’s madcap illustrations combine perfectly in this hilarious case of very mistaken identity.

Why I loved it: The humor shows right on the cover. Don’t you just love it? The zany kids and their bright smiles? I saw this displayed on top of a shelf at my library and I just had to read it. I love funny books and there just don’t seem to be enough. When I see one, I have to grab it. Not to spoil the plot there is very little I can say about this book except the title drew me also. As an author who wants to do author visits in schools I just needed a child’s view of this event. There is back matter in the back of the book that is designed for teachers and librarians to get ready for an author visit. A list of do’s and don’ts. This is valuable for any new author or teacher getting ready for an author visit. The last page of the book gives tips for hosting a successful author visit, with a suggested timeline of when you should order books to autograph, notify the local newspapers, and so on.

As Robyn ( says “Go check out more favorite picture books over at Susanna Leonard Hill’s house. You’ll be glad ya did.

Have a safe and lovely weekend, y’all. Xoxo”

Do you think you will like this book? Why or why not?


Cover of "Author Day for Room 3T"

Cover of Author Day for Room 3T

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20 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Author Day for Room 3T

  1. So, a book for students, teachers, AND authors…perfect! Certainly unique…


  2. Joanna says:

    Haha, I can picture the story well! What a great idea. Must get my hands on this one, Clar.


  3. Rosi says:

    Thanks for the review. This looks like a real winner.


  4. Wow! This is awesome, Clar! A book for kids, teachers, librarians, AND authors – we can all learn about school visits! And you’re right – it does look like a fun book! It’s funny, you’re the second person this week who has mentioned being pulled in by the cover! Thanks for sharing this one 🙂


  5. What a great selection! I can’t believe there is an actual book written about an author’s visit. Great find! And, I love the cover! Cover’s will draw me in or repel me. Just like your cover for Annie — it was a winner from the start.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Aaww thanks, Patricia. All the credit goes to my illustrator, Claudia Wolf.

      And this cover is very telling also, just like you said. It pulls one in. 🙂


  6. Janet Smart says:

    Now you’ve got me wondering what happens! Thanks for sharing your find.


  7. Margot Finke says:

    Awesome cover, great humor, and a cool reading theme – it can’t miss!! Robin Pulver has a WINNER!!
    It goes on my Pinterest Book Review board.

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  8. linda sittig says:

    Clar, I love how generous you are with all the valuable links you post!


  9. Carrie Finison says:

    Sounds great, Clar. I’m always on the lookout for funny books, too.


  10. This is definitely a great find Clar. So, are you telling me that when I start school visits (and this is when I am published, mind) I go in through the window and stand on the teachers desk….lol. Very funny! Must find this one. Thanks Clar.


  11. We have had a number of authors visit our school. Hopefully we did everything right according to the book!


  12. I LOVE funny! I will add this to my list 🙂


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