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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kidlit Critterpalooza!

For over a year now, CRITTER, the creation of artist Ian Sands, has been traveling the world, meeting many talented writers and authors and exploring where they live. At each stop he learns more and more about KIDLIT and the importance of literacy and creativity. This journey was the brainchild of Christy Evers, who got her hands on Critter after an interactive art project of Ian’s, where 500 Critters were hidden all over her city for people to find.

Critter with his best friend in Austin (who misses him so much)

Critter has visited PJ Hoover (and the Texas Sweethearts!) in Texas, Beth Revis in North Carolina, Christina Farley in Korea, New England with Nandini Bajpai, Illinois with Kelly Polark, MG Higgins in California, Rena Jones in Montana, Cynthia Leitich Smith in Texas, Bish Denham in the Virgin Islands, Jacqui Robbins in Michigan, Tina Ferraro in California, Cynthia Chapman Willis in New Jersey, Jill S. Alexander in Texas, Ellen Oh in Virginia and finally, Alberta Canada with Angela Ackerman.

Critter relaxing with a favorite beverage

Critter has been to college, rock concerts, national landmarks, a palace, attended his first SCBWI conference, walked among giant redwoods, and met the world famous artist, Robert Bateman.

Critter with tortoise pal Nefertorti

Now that his journey is coming to a close, it’s CRITTER’S hope that you will help him celebrate over at The Bookshelf Muse. His new hosts, together with old hosts, have teamed up to create the Kidlit-inspired event, Critterpalooza! and you’re invited!

There are many AMAZING prizes to be won, all in the spirit of helping Critter celebrate the wonderful creativity & support within out KIDLIT community, and to also raise awareness for his charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

If you would like to donate a few dollars to Critter’s charity, just click on the I Love St. Jude button. Children’s lives are saved every day thanks to the support of people like you!

Critter toilet shopping

So what are you waiting for? Head over to The Bookshelf Muse right now to check out all the fun to be had!


Shannon O'Donnell said...

I'm on my way!! :-)

Angela Ackerman said...

I don't think I mentioned this the last time I saw your critter posts, but I love that you took Critter toilet shopping. That is just too awesome for words.

I bet your kids had a great time with him. :)

Thanks for everything, PJ!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Christina Farley said...

So fun. I love seeing all of the pictures and reading about the journeys Critter has taken.

PJ Hoover said...

Enjoy it, Shannon!

Angela and Christy, thank you so much for all the effort you gals have put into Critter. He is a worldwide superstar!

Becca Puglisi said...

Critter is such a great guy. The fact that he went toilet shopping with you when he doesn't even use a toilet is...well, it just speaks to his magnanimous character.

PJ Hoover said...

He was thrilled about the toilet shopping, Becca. He esp like the low flow models.

Lauren said...

Critter is a very busy little guy! Too fun :)