Pictionary with the Professionals

October 14th, 2014 by

Six artists. One sharpie. Many sheets of paper. Get ready for…


Last week, six graphic novelists gathered to play Pictionary at McNally Jackson Bookstore in New York City. The contestants:

  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad series, Punk Farm series)
  • Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters)
  • Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet series, the new Harry Potter book covers)
  • Sara Varon (Robot Dreams, Bake Sale, Odd Duck)
  • Frank Cammuso (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde series, The Knights of the Lunch Table series)

Left to Right: McNally Jackson Bookstore Bookseller & Pictionary Host, Sara Varon, Raina Telgemeier, and Jarret J. Krosoczka



Left to Right: Kazu Kibuishi, Frank Cammuso

We made sure to attend and get front-row seats so we could report back to our Kidsmomo readers. Okay, technically Nancy got a second-row seat and Karen was in the fifth row, but the space was pretty small, so we still got good views of the action.

The graphic novelists were first split into two teams. At first they guessed for their own teams, and eventually the crowd joined in! The answers were book titles, nouns, or common idioms. Can you guess what they are? (Click on the link below each picture to reveal the answer!)

Jarrett J. Krosoczka | Clue: A phrase

Graphic Novelist Pictionary_J-Krosoczka-1

Pictionary Answer
Curiosity Killed the Cat

Frank Cammuso | Clue: A place

Graphic Novelist Pictionary_F-Cammuso

Pictionary Answer
Easter Island

Sara Varon | Clue: A movie

Graphic Novelist Pictionary_S-Varon-1

Pictionary Answer
Back to the Future

Kazu Kibuishi | Clue: A phrase

Graphic Novelist Pictionary_K-Kibuishi

Pictionary Answer
Change for a dollar

Sara Varon | Clue: A thing

Graphic Novelist Pictionary_S-Varon-2

Pictionary Answer
Goldfish (this was surprisingly a stumper for the crowd)

Raina Telgemeier | Clue: A movie

Graphic Novelist Pictionary_R-Telgemeier

Pictionary Answer
Muppets Take Manhattan

Jarrett J. Krosoczka | Clue: An event

Graphic Novelist Pictionary_J-Krosoczka-2

Pictionary Answer
New York Marathon

Sara Varon | Clue: A (smelly) thing

Graphic Novelist Pictionary_S-Varon-3

Pictionary Answer
Athlete’s foot

Raina Telgemeier | Clue: A phrase

Pictionary Answer
Out of this world

So, how many did you guess correctly? Leave a comment below and let us know whose drawing you liked the best!

And check out Nancy and Karen in Kidsmomo Pictionary, where Nancy kicks Karen’s butt (in drawing, but not guessing).

Kidsmomo Podcast #21: “Pretty as a Picture”

March 16th, 2010 by

You guys are really in for a treat with our latest podcast, all about graphic novels and hybrid books! Why? We’ll tell you why…

Cartoonist Mike Dawson

Ha ha! Look what we found through Google Image Search!

Yes, the topic is awesome — ranging from a groundbreaking epic adventure series to adorable wordless tales. And yes, we do have a special guest: real-life cartoonist Mike Dawson, who reveals the inside scoop on something called “the silhouette test.” (What is that? Yeah, we didn’t know either.) And yes, we even have a “top secret” kid-submitted book review.

But the REAL reason why you’ll love this podcast is because Karen had to call out sick! So enjoy your little break from Karen, everyone! [Editor’s Note from Karen: What the wha?! Why I oughtta…]

    Download the MP3 (6.1 MB)

  • Our mystery book series, as revealed and reviewed by an actual comic artist (for reals!)
  • Our Graphic Novel picks (Robot Dreams, Owly, and Rapunzel’s Revenge)
  • A nice break from Karen [Editor’s Note from Karen: Whatever…]

And be sure to check out some of Mike’s super amazing comics!

Also, don’t forget: in celebration of Women’s History Month, our new theme is Girl Power books! So send us a review of your favorite super-girl read, tell us about a female you admire, and check out these kick-butt Girl Power books.

— Nancy and Karen and Mike!