This just in from New York City…

I went to visit McNally Jackson Books, in Prince Street. Yvonne Brooks made the morning lots of fun and we read Standing In for Lincoln Green and drew some pictures with the kids and their parents. Yvonne's book store has a great trick of rolling the bookshelves aside to allow for some chairs and a place to present a book. Then, magically it all returns back to normal. Yvonne was under the impression that I might have a fancy accent like Hugh Grant or David Niven or someone, but I noted she held her composure when I started speaking.

I also got the chance to visit Book Court bookstore in Brooklyn and Lauren made it a great morning, reading the book and doing some drawing and colouring with the kids. I enjoyed the drawing but really enjoyed listening to the Brooklyn accents. Lauren's restaurant recommendations are top class, too. She should write a book or something.

I also met Susan Van Metre, the brilliant Abrams publisher who came along to one of the readings. Abrams have been a perfect publisher so it was a bonus to meet at last. Thanks Susan!

Before I came back to London, I went to the top of the Empire State Building, and a psychic in Dumbo asked me how long I'd been in the city.

 Photo by Sasha Middleton, Ramones Fan Club Member #045668.

Photo by Sasha Middleton, Ramones Fan Club Member #045668.

 This pigeon charged me $5 for 2 prints.

This pigeon charged me $5 for 2 prints.