While I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to get these in person, I’m happy to have them nonetheless! These were two of my favorite authors when I was growing up (Dr. Seuss is another but he’s been gone many years now) and I’ve taken great pleasure in collecting, revisiting, and discovering their works as a grownup. If you’ve seen Looking for Miku, you might have caught the onscreen shout-out to these two authors!
If these two names don’t ring any bells, you were a deprived child and you need to Drop Everything And Read!
Lois Lowry won the Newbery Medal for Number the Stars and for The Giver — the latter ostensibly her best-known work. Growing up, however, I primarily knew only of the Krupnik series of books (Anastasia Krupnik being the first), which followed the adventures of young Anastasia and eventually included those of her younger brother Sam. I’ve since discovered Lowry’s wide-ranging oeuvre and, at 80 years old, Lowry continues to write.
Beverly Cleary is a Library of Congress Living Legend and one of America’s most successful living authors. Her books, which include the Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby series, have sold 91 million copies and have been translated into over 25 different languages in the nearly 70 years they’ve been in print. She will be 102 years old next year, and her birthday is celebrated as National Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Day. She retired in 1999 after the release of the final book in the Ramona Quimby series, Ramona’s World.
About Looking for Miku
Indecisive lead character? Check. Tsundere best friend? Check. Confessing to senpai? Uh…. We’ve all had (or have) that crush we wish we could confess to! Shy geek Kitty has a crush on her best friend Minnie’s brother, Jackie. While at an anime convention, however, Jackie falls for a cosplayer and enlists their aid to find her. Will Kitty be able to face her fears and confess her feelings to Jackie before they find the cosplayer? Find out in the award-nominated anime fan film Looking for Miku! Watch the trailer and learn more on FilmFreeway!