Whew. Four hours straight of reading aloud Greg's next novel, TOFU AND T.REX (Little Brown, spring 2005) to check for any last minute copyedits. If you're a writer, always make sure to read the entire manuscript aloud--periodically and definitely before sending in. We had four brains and pairs of eyes on it and needed all of them. Must now go rest tired eyes, but my, what a sight that sparkling manuscript was. Witty and tremendous in the whole. Wow.
P.S. TOFU AND T.REX will be a companion book to Greg's first book, NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO (Little Brown, 2003); see:
Interview with Debut Children's Book Author Greg Leitich Smith from Debbi Michiko Florence. Fall 2003.
Greg Leitich Smith Interview from Downhomebooks.com. Fall 2003.