What: Author Verdery Kennedy will sign copies of “The Potato Bug Race” along with illustrator Sylvia Zellner
When: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Book and Cranny, 721 S. Main St.
When her children were growing up in the 1970s, Verdery Kennedy told stories to keep them entertained as they drove from Statesboro to Atlanta.
“There were no CD’s or DVD’s or electronic games for the kids,” she said. “All we ever had to entertain us was our imaginations.”
So Kennedy told stories. Lots of stories. But she said she only actually wrote one down on paper – a story called “The Potato Bug Race.”
“My husband Mike prodded me for years to get it illustrated and published,” Kennedy said.
Well, she finally listened to her husband and on Saturday, Kennedy will have a book signing and reading to celebrate the publication of her book, “The Potato Bug Race.” The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Book and Cranny bookstore, next to Quiznos at 721 South Main St., across from Georgia Southern.
The story is targeted for children ages 4 to 8 and Kennedy will read her story at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Kennedy said “The Potato Bug Race” is loosely based on a Mark Twain story called “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” She said she told it to her daughters on long drives and retold it to their friends and when she taught preschool in Statesboro.
The illustrator for the book is Sylvia Zellner. While meeting with her weekly coffee club at the Daily Grind, Kennedy saw some cards for sale with illustrations of animals by Zellner. She contacted Zellner and the Millen artist designed and created the book’s illustrations.
Zellner will be at the book signing on Saturday, as well.
Kennedy said she is excited about the debut of her book Saturday at the Book and Cranny and she’s looking forward to meeting children and their parents.
“I know kids will love the story and parents will enjoy reading it to them,” she said.