And One More Note for the Locals

by Stefani on 13-November-2008

Our friend, Chris Barton, will be at Book People tonight in Austin, showing off his new children’s book,  “so fresh from the printer’s press, that they haven’t even had time to bind it!”

It’s called “The Day Glow Brothers,” and is not yet for sale, but you CAN, and should, pre-order it.


What’s it about you ask? Well, in Chris’ words, “you know those fluorescent oranges and yellows and greens that you see every day on traffic cones, safety vests, highlighters, and so on? A hundred years ago, those colors didn’t even exist.The Day-Glo Brothers is the story of the guys who invented those colors while they were in their teens and 20s back during the Depression and World War II. It all started with a magic act and an accident at the ketchup factory…”

And get a load of these amazing illustrations… Cb-110808-f-and-g-735354

Anyhow, like I said, he, and a whole bunch of other talented children’s authors are going to be mixing it up at Book People tonight.  Since we’re contagious, I kinda doubt we’ll be there, but if you’re in the area and germ free, you should definitely go get a jump start on your holiday shopping!

Lisa Clarke November 13, 2008 at 10:07 am

That looks like a fun read. I think I’ll hunt down a copy for my kids (because, frankly, *I* want to know how a ketchup factory works into the whole story)!

elissa Finger November 13, 2008 at 10:22 am

very fun! love the illustrations!!! thanks for the insiders tip 😉

patricia November 13, 2008 at 10:24 am

Well, Northern California doesn’t quite count for being “in the area” so I can’t be there. But thanks so much for sharing the book. I have a particular fascination with books about people who followed their own idiosyncratic fascinations. (I was just commenting the same notion on another blog today, about the book Snowflake Bentley!)

I will definitely hunt this book down!

And I want to say, once again, how much I am enjoying your blog. Your writing style and photos are just charming. I found you a few weeks back and left a comment, but hadn’t paid attention to the fact that it was during giveaway time. I don’t want you to think I only comment during giveaways… 😉

Baba November 13, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Good Luck Chris on your book!

Relyn November 13, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Oh, how cool is that? I love the retro-feel of the illustrations. I am going to send our librarian this link. It looks like a must-buy.

Angela November 13, 2008 at 9:48 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this…what a random, fun, quirky idea for a book! And I agree with Relyn, the throw-back illustrations, tied with the intentionally neon color scheme are so fun!

Marina (from Denmark) November 14, 2008 at 10:17 am

There are women madly in love with shoes and then there are little old me madly in love with children

Chris Barton November 16, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Thanks so much for helping get the word out about last Thursday’s shindig — and for sharing my enthusiasm for a book that’s been nearly eight years in the making and is now just eight months away from publication.

Lasso the Moon November 18, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Thanks for the heads up! This looks like such a cool book. Very homeschool-esque.

Gretchen Skovron November 19, 2008 at 5:28 am

Wow that looks like an awesome book! Thanks for sharing.

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