Sunday, May 13, 2012

Kevin O'Malley Author Visit!

It has been over a week since my last blog post!  I'm pretty sure I've been going through withdrawls!  I know we ALL are going through the hectic end-of-year craziness, but to top that off, my computer was sick AND my blogger account was sick!  (I kept getting CRAZY error codes, and I couldn't even read anyone elses pages, much less post to my own page!)

So now that everything seeeeems to be up and working (fingers crossed), let me give you a quick, fun, short Sunday night post!  On Friday, the wonderful author Kevin O'Malley visited our school.  He is so inspiring and SO funny to listen to.  He talked with our students a little bit, then created a "fractured" fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk with them!  He even let them share their ideas for bits and pieces of the story.  Very cute and very patient!  We ended up with "Jackie and the Highrise"!  While Kevin O'Malley was creating and telling the creative story, he was drawing, too!  (So very talented!)

Here are a few fun pictures I thought I'd share with you!

He was SO full of energy and acted SO happy to be there, that our students (and all the teachers) couldn't help but to love him!  I couldn't even imagine "performing" like he did 4 times in a day...I'd be EXHAUSTED!!!

At the end, he had a quick Q&A, and let a few kiddos ask him some questions.  (Then our class snuck in a group picture!  But shhh....don't tell anyone!!!) 

Best part you ask?  Well it was definitely when he drew our class a custom, signed picture of a HIPPO (our class "theme")!  My students pretty much went bonkers when he walked into our room during math with the picture on a big piece of chart paper.  (Okay, I'll admit...I was a little bonkers, too!)  I wish I would have snapped a picture of that for you all to see, but maybe tomorrow I can post the picture!  I'm so excited to have it, and I've been debating all weekend, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to get it framed this week!  (because many teachers can say they own a hippo drawn by Kevin O'Malley?!?)  :)

Hope everyone's had a great week!  Looking forward to that I'm back on and can read everyone's posts, I see the countdown has begun...only 14 more days for me!!!  Tick, tock, tick, tock... (but I'm not overjoyed just yet...still have to get through all the insane "end-of-year chores" up at I'll miss all my chillens....but goodness me, I'm ready for the SUMMER!!!)

HAPPY SUNDAY!!!  Have a wonderful evening!  :)


  1. How exciting! I can only imagine your face when you saw the hippo!


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  2. How neat is that! I'd love to have a couple local authors come to speak to my class/school. I've seen people put a star of the kids faces or a dot. That way you wouldn't have to crop the pic so much. Just a thought. Great blog by the way.