Google+ Reading Teen: [Guest Post & Giveaway] My Life as a Cartoonist by Janet Tashijian

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

[Guest Post & Giveaway] My Life as a Cartoonist by Janet Tashijian

Today we are thrilled to have Janet Tashijian with us to talk about her Derek Fallon Series! 

In my new book, MY LIFE AS A CARTOONIST, the main character, Derek, draws a comic strip where his pet monkey transforms into a hero called SUPER FRANK.  This made me wonder what kind of super powers I’D like to have - not to vanquish bad guys and evildoers - but to help me with my writing.  Like Derek, it didn’t take long for me to get into super-hero mode – here are some features I’d love to have on my tool belt of gadgets:

THE CRANIUM SHIELD – this protective covering stops all new and fabulous ideas in their tracks as they try to interrupt me while I finish another project.  Every You-Have-To-Work-On-This-Immediately scheme will be overpowered by this deluxe shield, not to appear again until the original project is completely, 100% done.  So the next time a tiny part of my brain asks, “Are you SURE you don’t want to hear this amazing idea for the Next Giant Bestseller?” I know the Cranium Shield has me covered.  Unless the idea is REALLY astonishing….NO!  There, it just stopped another one.  Whew!

NINJA SHINY STARS – unlike the throwing stars Ninjas use, my throwing stars only target Kirkus, Booklist, Horn Book, and School Library Journal – turning an everyday positive review into a sparkly, glittery Starred Review.  (When they’re not being used to accessorize reviews, these stars make great earrings.)


CONVERSION RAY GUN – its powerful rays convert an entire book from any language around the world to English so I can see for myself how accurate the translations of my novels are.  MY LIFE AS A…PODIATRIST?  No!  It’s CARTOONIST!  CARTOONIST!

TELEKINETIC FLIPPING – this amazing super power automatically flips my books 45 degrees on a bookstore shelf as soon as I enter the store so the books go from spine out (boo!) to cover out (yay!)  The telekinesis is thwarted, however, if any of my books are placed on the same shelf as Stephen King’s CARRIE.

PONCHO OF PATIENCE – this magical cloak guards me during the interminable time that I wait for my editor to read one of my manuscripts.  The poncho is safe and comforting, fighting off self-doubt and what-if’s during this vulnerable period.  An optional feature lets the security of the poncho extend through the entire rewriting process.

TECHNO THWARTER – this is actually a sidekick of the CRANIUM SHIELD, but instead of obstructing my own ideas, the TECHNO THWARTER zaps my laptop so it can’t access the Internet during my writing time.  This handy feature also blocks all tweets, phone calls, and emails as I work.  Oh wait, there are REAL techno thwarters to block ALL of these things.  Maybe it’s time to stop making up super powers and just get back to work….

Her latest book, My Life as a Cartoonist releases April 30!

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There’s a new kid in Derek Fallon’s class. His name is Umberto and he uses a wheelchair. Derek’s family is still fostering Frank the monkey, and Derek thinks it would be great to train Frank to assist Umberto. But Derek quickly realizes that Umberto is definitely not looking for any help. Derek soon becomes the butt of Umberto’s jokes. On top of that, Umberto starts stealing Derek’s cartoon ideas and claiming them as his own. How did Derek get himself into this mess, and how can he find a way out before he is the laughingstock of school? The answer may very well be his cartoon strip—SUPER FRANK!

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  1. Great post. These books look and sound really fun too!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I think they sound like really good, fun reads!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. My 8 year old son loved My Life as a Stunt Boy, he read it in 2 days. Would love to win this for him!

  4. Good ideas! When you get the techno-thwarter perfected please send one to me so I can concentrate on my work too. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I think these book are great!! I have the first two in my classroom library and they a perfect for my younger students!

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  7. I fall in love with these books, they would be the perfect way to plant the seed and love of reading in my little brothers.

  8. This looks like a great series to get my early and reluctant readers buried in books! Thanks for the giveaway.


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