Monday, May 16, 2016
Mr. Particular: The World's Choosiest Champion by Jason Kirschner Blog Tour
Meet Mr. Particular—the world’s choosiest champion! This superhero’s super picky: he says NO to squishy mud, gross green things, tucked-in shirts, humming, and anything with coconut. But, when his friends in the “Super-Duper Group” finally get fed up with his fussiness, can Mr. Particular prove that even the super-squeamish can save the day? This fun comic-book-style story will delight even the most finicky kids!
Meet the Author
Jason Kirschner started wearing a red towel as a cape right around the time he started walking and was the particularly particular leader of many super-duper groups in his time. By day, Jason is a set designer for television, with credits that include The Meredith Vieira Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and an amazing fourteen-year stint at The Late Show with David Letterman. By night, Jason is an author and illustrator of children’s books. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his finicky veterinarian wife, persnickety twins, and ridiculously choosy cat. This is his first picture book. Find more of his work at jasonkirschner.com. You can purchase this book here.
From the author:
It’s OK to be particular.
I was pretty picky in my day. My parents will regale you for hours if you give them the chance. I didn’t like to walk on sand. Or grass. I wouldn’t eat sauces of any kind…on anything. I wanted all my meals warm. Not hot or cool or room temperature — warm.
I took some heat for it too. My classmates teased me sometimes. Even my little sister would tease once in awhile. Not a great feeling for a kid. I’m absolutely sure it was exasperating for my parents.
And now I’m a parent with picky kids of my own with friends who have picky kids of their own. I’ve come to realize that kids are all picky in their own special way aren't they. It’s a universal truth.
But there’s one thing that I didn’t see as a picky kid that I can now see as a parent of picky kids. Being particular can be a super power. It takes strength of character to be particular. Especially when all the other kids eat pizza but you eat yogurt because that’s what you want. Or when all your friends chose to play rocket ship and you choose to play Legos. There’s a level of self-confidence and stick-to-itiveness that I had as a kid that I wish I still had as an adult.
When it came time to sit down and write my picture book about picky, finicky, persnickety kids, I decided that if choosiness is a super-power, then my characters should be super-heroes. I think they’re deserving of the title.
So if you’ve got a picky kid, (and be honest here — you probably do) try to see the little confident, self-satisfied hero inside them. And then get them a cape. Heroes need capes.