Monday, August 31, 2009

Colorado Author -- Justin Matott

I needed a gift for one of my great-nephews who has a birthday coming up next week, so I chose to buy a book by the author I featured last Monday, Mark Ludy. When I Was a Boy...I Dreamed seemed like a good choice.

When I picked it up, however, I found a bonus. This book, as well as its companion, When I Was a Girl...I Dreamed, was illustrated by Mark but the story was written by others. In the case of "Boy," the author was Justin Matott. And what a coincidence, Justin is also a Colorado author.

Seems today's blog post should naturally feature Justin, don't you agree?

I began by checking Justin's website to see what other books he's written, and I found a gold mine. With other titles such as There's a Fly on My Toast, Chocolate-Covered Frog Legs, and Ol' Lady Grizelda, I'll be looking for more of Justin's books as gifts for birthdays and Christmas.

Here's a little bit about the Go Ask Mom series which includes The World According to Gabe.
"Gabriel deals with repeating fourth grade with Sister Mary Claire, UGH! With many new twists and situations Gabe and his Secret Brotherhood of Boys must overcome and triumph over. New characters enter in, including a war-obsessed boy named Murph, Gabe's crazy grandma and a new girl who seems to have captured the attention of the older brothers."

I love to find new Colorado authors to add to my long list. I was once worried I'd run out and have to give up on my Monday feature. Now I don't think there's the slightest chance that will happen. More fun for me, and, I hope, more great discoveries for you.


Rayna M. said...

How old is your great nephew? I have two boys (nearly 6 and 3 1/2) and am constantly looking for something age appropriate for them.

Incidentally, my father studied in Colorado, so even though I live right across the globe in India, I've always thought of Colorado as second home.

Anonymous said...

I like the series you do on Colorado authors. I never knew there were so many.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Rayna, welcome to my blog. It's nice to see you here. I love having visitors from around the world. Talking about books seems to be a good way to find new friends.

The little one I bought the book for is 4. I usually purchase board books for the littlest ones, but move to regular books at 4 or 5.

Carolyn, I'm so glad I started the Colorado author series. It's a lot of fun!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Patrica; I have enjoyed learning about these Colorado writers. Kudos to you for having this series!


Galen Kindley--Author said...

I’m gonna move to Colorado…nearly did…just to get in on the Monday series. Does nearly a Colorado author count??? No? Thought not.

Best Regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Patricia Stoltey said...

Never fear, Galen. As I read other BBT authors (as when I read the books by Gayle and Elizabeth and started Karen's book on preserving food), I'll give them a good mention (but not on Mondays). As slowly as I'm reading these days, however, most of you may have published many more times before I get the job done.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I’m thinking I need to move to Colorado just to be among so many talented writers in the hopes of absorbing some of the vibes. Is there something in the air there?

N A Sharpe said...

I am so glad you posted this - I was intrigued with his work when you first mentioned it and it almost slipped my mind. I definitely need to slip over and check out his site! Chocolate Covered Frog Legs, huh? Cool!

Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

Justin Matott said...

Patricia, a friend "twittered" me about your blog and that you had featured me. I thank you and will be checking out your work as well! Cheers to writers and even more cheers to readers!!