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10 hours ago
Carlo, a 2nd grader in NJ, wonders if Mr. Klutz was inspired by Mr. Clean. Hmmm, good question! The answer is no. I made Mr. Klutz a bald guy because I thought that would be a simple way to describe him. (I did the same thing with a character in "The Million Dollar Shot."). But the look of the characters in My Weird School was determined by the illustrator, Jim Paillot. So I asked Jim. He replied...“Great question. When I develop and sketch characters for books the first source I go to for how those characters look is the author’s description. Dan described him as being completely bald. Then, because he was a principal, I put him in a sweater and tie and slacks because he is a professional. Also, I liked the idea of him being dressed nicely because it would contrast with many of the goofy situations he would find himself in - kissing a pig, etc.I never thought about Mr. Clean when doing sketches for Klutz. My early sketches were all about if he should have glasses, be tall, be round, and on and on. To me, Mr. Clean is more flamboyant in appearance. Like a pirate who has been given some clean clothes. Mr. Klutz is a totally different guy. The main thing they have in common is that they have no hair. Although Mr. Klutz probably would have appreciated Mr. Clean’s neatness.So there you have it. ... See MoreSee Less
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21 hours ago
Last night I finally finished a project I’ve been working on since March—my family and I watched all 273 episodes of “Cheers”! Fantastic show! Our next big project—“Frasier”! It should be a breeze. Only 264 episodes. ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
How to hold three books when you only have two hands. ... See MoreSee Less
Why is this pen remarkable? For the first time in my life, I think, I had a pen that actually ran out of ink. Never happened before! I just lose them all the time. ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
EMAIL OF THE WEEK: Usually the email of the week is somebody accusing me of corrupting the morals of children with the inappropriate content in my books. But I can’t resist sharing this one with you...Dear Mr. Gutman,If you have ever wondered if you have made a difference in the world, you no longer need to wonder. You have. Two years ago our 8 year old son was struggling to read grade level text and was finding that even saying the letters of the alphabet in order was a challenge. At the same time we were noticing that he was able to repeat stories he had heard, give detailed baseball play-by-plays, and was asking questions that connected new to old information. Then we discovered The Baseball Card Adventure Series by Dan Gutman._____ would lay on his back in bed and listen to book after book in the series. We watched You Tube videos about Stachel Paige, Shoeless Joe, Jackie, and Honus. We watched Eight Men Out and Field of Dreams. We watched much of Ken Burns’s baseball documentary. We started to notice that _____ was using dates from the stories to connect to conversations and history lessons. He was placing events in his own mental timeline. He wrestled with the thought that Ted Williams was a jerk and Babe Ruth did and said things that were naughty. He asked questions about race and injustice because of many of the stories you wrote. He thought about his batting stance and preparation for his own games based on advice from the greats. He felt for Shoeless Joe and his struggles with letters. We finished the series and even though our home is full of books (we are both elementary school teachers-grades 3 and 4), _____ wanted to start the series all over again. So we did. He is remembering details that I had forgotten and letting me know what will happen next as we read each night. He is connecting the 1918 flu epidemic to the state of our world now. He is matching up stories of his great grandfather to events in your narratives. He is essentially visiting old friends and inviting them into his world today. Replica baseball cards of Honus Wagner, Joe Jackson, and Jackie Robinson are on display in his room and a photo of Satchel Paige hangs proudly. Thank you for giving _____ the gift of literature, history, and baseball. Thank you for helping him discover that he is an intelligent young man even though the code of our language is tricky. Thank you for providing him hope. With gratitude, ... See MoreSee Less