This week I’m celebrating some great customers from work.
There’s a regular mother-daughter duo who come to the store practically every week and the girl is quite the voracious reader. One day she was a bit short so I lent her the difference thinking nothing of it since I trusted them. But then not only did the mom repay me but she also baked me a zucchini loaf. I thought it would have been just a slice but I was deliciously wrong!
Then there was a mom whose daughter absolutely fell in love with Tara Dairman’s All Four Stars series. The girl ended up writing the author a letter and was surprised that they got a personalized response from Tara which made the girl feel special! This was particularly good to hear since we always love hearing when our recommendations have been hits but also because I love it when I hear how awesome writers are as human beings!
It was the first day of school for many of our customers – whether they’re parents of students or educators. For the latter group, lots of them wanted School’s First Day of School as their first read-aloud of the year. Unfortunately because we loved recommending it to everyone, we were sold out. I was able to suggest some alternate titles based on what they wanted- The Adventures of Beekle and 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts.
Another customer whom I had a great moment with was this young lady who had come in on Monday and bought American Born Chinese. After I raved about that graphic novel and Gene Luen Yang in general, she came back the day to buy Boxers & Saints. Like me, she wasn’t originally a big graphic novel reader but now she was. We talked a little bit more about how good they were and I told her about a cool exhibit on the history and evolution of comics and graphics novels that I attended recently.
Finally, we had Rodolfo Montalvo stop by to read the picture book he illustrated Dear Dragon written by Josh Funk. He and his wife were super nice and I always love talking books with others. Dear Dragon is such a clever and hilarious book about friendship and mistaken identity told in rhyme. It’ll be perfect for National Poetry Month but I know I’ll be recommending it year-round!
What are you celebrating this week?