6.16.2015

Something Extraordinary


Today is the book birthday of my latest (fifth!) picture book, Something Extraordinary. To celebrate I'm giving away three signed copies of the book on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Clantoons. Taking entries until 12 EST tonight. Also out today is an interview with Writers' Rumpus (via my critique group pal Kirsti Call) (http://writersrumpus.com/2015/06/16/interview-with-ben-clanton-gifted-author-and-illustrator/) in which I talk about Something Extraordinary amongst other things.

If you happen to be in the Andover, MA area or in Reno, NV, I have two upcoming signings! 

Andover Bookstore (America's second oldest operating bookstore)
Saturday, June 20 @ 1:00 PM
I'll be giving away an original piece of art with each book sold! This event is a bit of a farewell to the region. I've lived in North Andover for two years, but am now moving back to Seattle.

Sundance Bookstore in Reno, NV
Sunday, June 28 @11:00 AM
This will be my first trip to Reno! I'll be visiting my sister and her husband who own Sierra Water Gardens and the WEDGE Ceramics Studio. Forgive me if I look a bit tired at this event. I'll have driven six days in a row to get there. ;)

A bit about the book (this is the blurb Simon & Schuster came up with) . . .

Amazing things are happening all around you. You just need to know where to look—and this whimsical picture book is the perfect place to start.

Have you ever wished for something extraordinary? Like the ability to fly? Or to breathe underwater? What if you could talk to animals?

It’s fun to wish for amazing things. But take a look around, and you just might find that the most “ordinary” things…can be extraordinary.

The idea for the book came to me a few years ago on a rainy day in Seattle. A picture of a boy taking in colorful and tasty rain came in to my mind and I wanted an excuse to draw it. Soon all sorts of things I wish for were bubbling to the surface in a series of images. With the help of some extraordinary events in my life those images came together to make this book. Hope you like it!!