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4/15/10

Another advantage of technology


Like Edie, I use Google Alerts to give me the "heads up" if someone on the Internet posts a comment about me or one of my books. It can alert me to an award nomination that even my editor doesn't know about, or it can bring me to a review that unequivocally states "this is the most boring book ever written."

Just recently a message from Google Alerts sent me a link to an article which included the White House in its caption. Was one of my books being questioned as unAmerican? Not at all! When I followed the link, I discovered my picture book The Best Pet of All had been read on the White House lawn at Easter by actress Reese Witherspoon! Okay, I had to have a friend explain to me exactly who Reese Witherspoon was, but I thought it was still way cool!

To hear Reese (I'm on a first name basis with her now) reading my book, you can check out this YouTube video.

Thank you, technology, for bringing me this news that would have otherwise slipped under my radar.

7 comments:

Rena said...

That's awesome! Congrats!

Edie said...

David,
What a wonderful surprise to receive a google alert like this! As you mentioned, google alerts can sometimes bring you the opposite kind of news, but this was "awesome!"

Mark said...

Congratulations, David! Your books deserve the widest possible audience, and having one read at the White House is definitely a helpful step in that direction!

Stephanie said...

Woohoo David!! You rock:)

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Boni Ashburn said...

Congrats David!! I was so excited when she read your book- it's one of my top PBs of all time. I have two copies- one I haul everywhere to read at storytimes and our "home" copy which stays nice. It's such a fantastic example of a perfect picture book! And she even did a great job reading it :)

David LaRochelle said...

Thanks, Boni! It makes me very happy to hear that BEST PET is getting read at lots of storytimes. And I bet you read it just as well as Reese Witherspoon!