MYSTIC: Marty Kelley on Making Children's Books

Bank Square Books is excited to host children's author and illustrator Marty Kelley for a reading from his new book, Albert's Almost Amazing Adventure, and a discussion on the process of making children's books. This event is free and is geared toward kids who love reading and adults who are interested in the process of making a children's book. 

About the Book

Albert’s vacation was amazing—or so he thought. To friends, his time in Maine was boring. Dull. Lame. They’ve got a more vivid and exciting idea of what Albert could—and should—have done on his trip. But Albert might just have a surprise for his friends, after all.

Marty Kelley tells this wonderful read-aloud story in a fresh and imaginative way, contrasting panels of black-and-white charcoal drawings of dull old Albert with wonderful color spreads of what Albert’s friends imagine for his summer adventures. Did Albert really tussle with ninjas and parlay with pirates? Or did he spend his time in Maine in the most boring ways imaginable? What really made his amazing summer vacation so amazing?

About the Author

Marty Kelley currently works as a writer and illustrator, but in the past, he’s worked many jobs—baker, animator, and balloon delivery guy are just a few titles he’s held. The former second grade teacher has published many children’s books, including Fall Is Not EasyThe Rules, and Summer Stinks. Even though the lingering aroma of Sloppy Joes and tater tots will forever haunts his dreams, he still visits 60 to 70 schools each year to talk about writing and art with students and teachers. He likes to show students how he creates his books, and sometimes he even uses these unsuspecting kids as a focus group for his unfinished works. He's a member of the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts and a frequent presenter with The Children's Literacy Foundation. His favorite authors are Chris Moore, Chuck Palahniuk, and David Sedaris. And he doesn’t watch any TV. Really.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
53 W Main St
Mystic, CT 06355