Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Clementine saves the day

No, that's not the title of the new Clementine book that will be coming out in April 2008.

I was having one of those "I feel too awful to even rest" afternoons. My idea of a good rest usually involves curling up on the couch with an afghan over me and escaping inside a good book. Today I found myself in bed, propped up a little with two big pillows, but without the ability to read any of the seven books I had piled beside me. I think there were too many words on the pages. I'd pick one up and read a couple of paragraphs, then set it down.

After several failed attempts at book reading, I tried closing my eyes; but I don't have the gift of napping, especially with a throbbing headache. Then, Erin came in and plopped on the bed with today's mail. (Today she just had two packages from USPS.) She opened them.

One was a galley (pages are loose with a big clip holding them together) of the newest Clementine book. Excitement! Both Erin and I are big fans. We'd been afraid (when the publisher told her they'd send it) that the galley might not have the illustrations yet. Hooray, they were all in there. The books are made complete with the pictures drawn by Marla Frazee.

We both took a peek and then Erin did something she's never done with an advance reader copy before. She handed it to me and said, "Here, you read it." Wow! A couple of times I'd asked to read an ARC before she did, getting a "yeah, you wish" sort of look. This was special. *smile*

Clementine's Letter was "just what the doctor ordered." When I finished it, I realized I'd gotten the rest I'd been seeking, along with some giggles to boot! I haven't read the very first Clementine book (this is the third,) but I've decided to ask for it for Christmas. Guess when I'd save it for?


Erin said...

:) You looked like you could use some Clementine. Hurray!

Traci said...

Oh, that is so sweet!