We are thrilled that THE NANTUCKET SEA MONSTER: A Fake News Story is a December selection for the Junior Library Guild.
In August, 1937 newspapers across the nation reported that a sea monster had been sighted off Nantucket Island. It was actually a balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and the whole thing was a publicity stunt. Amazingly, the newspapermen knew it was fake, and yet went along with it.
To celebrate the December JLG release, Darcy Pattison has been interviewed on a couple blogs.
- The Children’s Book Council asked Darcy to write about 3 questions she wished people would ask her. Did you know that there’s an “Easter egg” hidden in the story?
- Picture Book Builders blog features authors talking about how they write picture books. Darcy talks about the importance of patience and waiting until the right moment for a story.
- For more, this article has links to copies of the historical newspaper archives and digital photos of the event.
- Listen to an audio sample here.