I didn't know The Book With No Pictures was written by a celebrity.
If you watch the trailer, you'll see that there's nothing to suggest that it was made by a TV star big shot, unless, of course, you recognize him. (And I didn't.)
So I didn't know the author was famous when I watched the trailer.
I didn't know it when I put the book on hold at my library while it was still on order.
I didn't know it when I kept checking my account and chomping at the bit for it to come in.
I didn't know it when I found out there were 7 holds on that book.
I didn't know it when it finally came in and I checked it out, and all of my little readers took turns reading the book aloud.
I didn't know it until I showed it to my school librarian and she said, "Oh, yeah, I heard about that book written by that guy from The Office."
WHAT?? The author's a celebrity??
But I didn't care. I wasn't drawn to the author. I was drawn to the book. I was drawn to the concept, and the execution of it. The same way I'd been drawn to The Dot by Peter Reynolds. Here's a trailer for that.
So, is Peter Reynolds a celebrity, too? Watching this video, I'd guess so.
OK, I know I'm out of the Celebrity Loop. I don't watch TV. At all. (Shocker I know.) So I'm a little apathetic (and maybe delusional) about celebrities recommending their friends' books.
So what if the big money people paid big bucks for pretty-faced people to sit in front of a camera and recommend a certain book? If it's a good book, a really good book, it will sell. News will spread of its greatness. It may take a little longer, but it will happen.
Cases in Point:
Case Number 1: Deck the Walls by Erin Dealey and Nick Ward
Published in 2013, this cute wacky Christmas book still has my kids singing.
Case Number 2: Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda
After loving Here Comes Easter Cat, I can't wait to get my hands on this brand new story.
Case Number 3: That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Williams
This book was published in 2013, but I just stumbled on it yesterday. (Don't listen to the baby geese. Reading this book IS a good idea.)
And Now an Old One: Press Here by Herve Tullet
Published in 2011, this book is still on my recommendations list. I'm including it here because it has the same appeal as The Book With No Pictures. I remember how it got a lot of publicity the year it was published. I thought it was because of how great the book is, but now I don't know -- is Herve Tullet a celebrity, too?
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