Monday, August 20, 2012

FROM THE DESK OF DAN SANTAT: Kel Gilligan Limited Edition

Hi Folks,
So, here I am, once again trying to convince you all to support local independent bookstores, such as, in this case, one of my favorite local independent bookstores, Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop in La Verne, CA. My previous experiment with my graphic novel, Sidekicks, went so well I thought it would be nice to do it again!
I believe in supporting the growth of small business and feel that independent bookstores are a valuable part of our publishing ecosystem. Many websites can offer you books at a huge discount (upwards of 30%) and I am hoping to close that gap by offering you other valuable incentives that you can’t find anywhere else online or at major bookstores. If you purchase the book through my site, I will then take that money and use it to support a local business. In exchange, you will not only be owning a special one of a kind item, you will have also helped to keep a store in business in an industry that is slowly trying to transition to an electronic market.
I don’t know for sure if eBooks will be the way of the future, but I know that if small businesses die, then we will all find ourselves surrounded by a city full of empty lots, and I strongly feel that’s bad for a community.     
Thank you.
*For a more verbose explanation go HERE.
This exclusive offer is valid until SEPTEMBER 15th! Please share and repost! Thanks!

  • One copy of Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show signed by Michael Buckley and Dan S.
  • One copy of Kel GIlligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show signed by Michael Buckley and Dan S.
  • Four Limited Edition Vinyl Sticker Set
  • One Limited Edition Kel Gilligan T-Shirt (email for shirt size)
  • One copy of Kel GIlligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show signed by Michael Buckley and Dan S.
  • Four Limited Edition Vinyl Sticker Set
  • One Limited Edition Kel Gilligan T-Shirt (email for shirt size)
  • One ORIGINAL 6x4 inch ink drawing of Kel Gilligan by Dan Santat (Each is unique!)

Friday, August 03, 2012

FREE! Kel Gilligan Wallpaper Designs

Hi Kids,

Here are some awesome Kel Gilligan Wall paper designs for your desktop, iPad and iPhone

Feel free to download them and share them with your friends.

Thanks to Dan Santat for making some kick-ass art!

Viva la Kel!

Available 9/1/2012


bout the book
From Michael Buckley, the bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS series, and Dan Santat, author-illustrator of Sidekicks, comes this hilarious picture book starring Kel Gilligan (a.k.a. “The Boy Without Fear”) that encourages kids to laugh at their fears and celebrates the bravery it takes to try new things no matter how ordinary. Narrated by Kel himself as he attempts his “stunts” with Evel Knievel–like flair, the story unfolds as a performance in which readers themselves become part of the audience, encouraging Kel to get dressed all by himself (without a net!), eat new foods like broccoli (eww!), and take a bath (gasp!). Bold, interactive, and downright silly, this is a book to make kids cheer and attempt some “stunts” of their own.

About the author
Michael Buckley is the bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS series. This is his first picture book. Dan Santat is the award-winning illustrator of Attack of the Fluffy BunniesOh No!Sidekicks, and Guild of Geniuses. Visit him online at

Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show
Kel Gilligans Daredevil Stunt Show
Authors: By Michael Buckley, illustrated by Dan Santat
Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 1-4197-0379-X
EAN: 9781419703799
Availability: Prepublication
Publishing Date: 9/1/2012
Trim Size: 9 x 11
Page Count: 40
Cover: Hardcover with jacket
Illustrations: Full-color illustrations

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee is coming!

We are only four days away from the release of The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee,
the third book in the Origami Yoda series!!

The hype continues to build!
Today, the Dallas Morning News (circ: 405,000+) is running an article, both in print and online, about the upcoming release.
“For talking like Yoda, judge me do not — not until you’ve read the irresistible Star Wars- meets-origami series…”

Geek Dad on 
Star Wars Blog – guest post by Tom Angleberger
Star Wars Facebook page
Sirius/XM – Absolutely Mindy!
Houston Chronicle 
San Antonio Express-News 

Get in the spirit!
Don’t forget to wear orange*!!
*Colors close in color to orange (coral, peach) will be accepted. 
Actual Star Wars costumes/clothing will be applauded.

Send me your Wookiee photos!

See a further list of marketing and publicity below, along with Tom’s full tour schedule.

1000 Fortune Wookiee on-sale events kits mailed to stores,
complete with a Fortune Wookiee standee!

A wrapper runs on from Aug 7-14

Sirius/XM Radio – Absolutely Mindy
Geek Dad on
Los Angeles Times
Houston Chronicle
San Antonio Express-News
Omnivoracious – Amazonblogs

CBS Good Morning Cincinnati TV
FOX 19 WXIX Morning Show Cincinnati

Tuesday, August 7—LAUNCH DAY!
10:00am – Symphony Space, New York, NY
2:00pm – Barnes & Noble, Princeton, NJ
7:00pm – Barnes & Noble, Carle Place, NY

Wednesday, August 8
7:00pm – 4 Kids Books, Zionsville, IN

Thursday, August 9
4:00pm – Blue Manatee, Cincinnati, OH
7:00pm – Books & Co, Dayton, OH

Friday, August 10
7:00pm – BBGB books, Richmond, VA

Saturday, August 11
6:00pm – Sundial Books, Chincoteague, VA

Tuesday, August 14
7:00pm – Barnes & Noble, Greensboro, NC

Wednesday, August 15
3:30pm – Flyleaf Bookstore, Chapel Hill, NC
7:00pm – Quail Ridge Bookstore, Raleigh, NC