December 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Famed children’s book author Dan Gutman will be at McGinn Elementary School to speak with students on Friday, Dec. 13.
Gutman has written more than 100 books to date and his literary works, both independently and co-works, have won 20 awards. Some of his most popular titles are from the "My Weird School" series, which Laird said was the store’s biggest sellers by Gutman, and the "Baseball Card Adventures" series.
“I get my ideas from all different places,” said Gutman. “Reading newspapers, watching TV, listening to the radio, listening to my own kids talk and my own childhood. Sometimes I just make crazy stuff up. I try to come up with a ‘big idea.’ Like, I try to take an ordinary kid and put that kid into an extraordinary situation."
Gutman was raised in Newark and currently resides in Haddonfield.
In January Gutman will release the fourth book of his Genius Files series titled “The Genius Files: From Texas With Love,” as well as a new book from the "My Weird School" series, “Mr. Jack Is A Maniac!” that will be released on Feb 25. He is also working on the latest book from his Baseball Card Adventures series.