Originally Published on March 21
Taken from Jodi Moore’s Blog
Today I received a truly splendiferous email. It seems a fifth grade teacher challenged her students to take a favorite story and turn it into a graphic novel.
And guess what?
One of her students chose When A Dragon Moves In…and her mom not only shared it with me, but gave me permission to share it with all of YOU!
Words can’t describe what an honor and a thrill this is. And so without further ado, it’s my privilege to share the work of this brilliant young artist:
(SPOILER – check out the alternate ending!!!)
Isn’t this fantabulous? Isn’t this young artist fantabulous???
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Sarah. Like Howard McWilliam (the illustrator for When A Dragon Moves In and When A Dragon Moves In Again), you’ve brought my characters, my vision – my dream – to life! You’re an inspiration to all of us, and we can’t wait to enjoy more of your talents!
“Had the most splendiferous visit with the bright eyes & minds at Fairview Elementary in Bloomfield, NJ yesterday, sharing When a Dragon Moves In and When a Dragon Moves In Again. Warm squishy hugs & love to all the students, teachers, and of course, the library goddess, Nancy Clark!” -Jodi Moore, Author
Jodi Moore – author of When a Dragon Moves In – attended the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ Bookfest on July 13th, 2013 along with the dragon himself, made from recyclable materials by Jodi’s son, Steve.
In honor of International Edible Book Day, the Louisburg Library in Kansas held a book-themed cake competition, on April 1st. Rachel and Aiden Wood’s dragon cake, modeled after When a Dragon Moves In (written by Jodi Moore, illustrated by Howard McWilliam), landed first prize in the category of most artistic cake, as well as winning the People’s Choice Award.
Barbara Gruener, school counselor in Friendswood, TX, interviewed author Jodi Moore about writing When a Dragon Moves In. You can listen in here, and read Barbara’s review on The Corner on Character blog, here.
This past Saturday, August 6, was a cloudy/overcast day in Amagansett, NY. Nevertheless, the East Hampton Sandcastle Contest had 88 groups enter the sand sculpting competition and spectators swarmed the area as if it were a sun-shiny day.
Copies of When a Dragon Moves In (written by Jodi Moore, illustrated by Howard McWilliam) were among prizes for select winners. I guess it really is true… “if you build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in.”
Thank you to Rossetti Perchik and the Clamshell Foundation for all of their cross-promotional efforts.