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JUSTIN DEAN

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WHY HOST JUSTIN?

JUSTIN DEAN is the creator of Awesome Dog 5000 (Random House BFYR | Ages 8-12), the new illustrated action-comedy series that the best selling author of the Lemoncello Library series, Chris Grabenstein, calls “An awesome ride full of fun, funnies, and friendships!”

"This book will have kids barking for more adventures!" --Booki Vivat, New York Times bestselling author of Frazzled

"Made for fans of the zany humor of Andy Griffiths and Dav Pilkey."-- SLJ

"Amplifying silliness to new heights."-- Kirkus

ABOUT THE BOOK: AWESOME DOG 5000

Heads up, DOG MAN lovers! Watch out, readers of BAD GUYS! Robotic dog AWESOME DOG 5000 is in the neighborhood and he's. . . well, he's awesome.

Marty, Ralph, and Skyler might make the ultimate secret combo when battling alien-slime ninjas in their favorite video game, but in real life they're just regular kids. That is, until the three best friends discover Awesome Dog 5000, a robotic dog with very real power-ups. Awesome Dog can "bark" a sonic boom, "walk" at speeds over three hundred miles per hour, and "fetch" with an atomic cannon. Life for Marty, Ralph, and Skyler just got a major turbo-boost!

Attention, readers! AWESOME DOG 5000 is a wild action-comedy told through a mix of text and black-and-white illustrations, with a mystery to solve at the end. Can you handle the awesomeness?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Fun fact! Justin Dean is an award-winning writer of television commercials who has led national campaigns for brands such as South Park, Conan, and the Olympics. Now he writes bizarro and funny books for kids, too. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids. Unfortunately, they don't have any robot pets (yet).

LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION

The hour-long presentation is focused on getting kids excited about storytelling and the importance of reading. The multi-media keynote includes slides, videos, illustrations, interactive storytelling, and a live drawing demonstration featuring:

THE NEW KID IN SCHOOL… EVERY YEAR Justin discusses how moving to six different elementary schools taught him how silly drawings and a good joke can make a quick friend. Justin tracks his path as a storyteller from making comic strips for classmates to commercials for television as an adult.

AWESOME DOG 1000, THE ORIGIN STORY Get an inside look how Awesome Dog was created through excerpts from the first draft, early character design sketches, and Justin’s original home-made dummy book. Justin shows kids the value of practice, hard work, revising, and revising, and revising, and-- *checks notes* … revising again.

WHAT IT MEMES TO BE AN AUTHOR Using dozens of popular memes Justin goes through a day in the life of an author.

4 STORY-BUILDING Justin breaks down the four key ingredients needed to start a new story. Taking audience suggestions, Justin creates an original story on the spot complete with a brand new character he draws live.

AUDIENCE Q & A WITH AN OPTIONAL BOOK SIGNING

SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES

TBD

DESIRED NUMBER OF STUDENTS

TBD

AV/OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Justin will need a microphone, screen and a projector with an HDMI port.

PREPARING FOR JUSTIN’S VISIT

Click HERE for the book trailer and other fun videos!

HASHTAGS/SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram Twitter | #AwesomeDog5000

ORDER FORMS

Vroman’s will create an order form that your school can use and distribute pre-author visit. We will also have book plates signed on the day of the event, for any students who turn in forms post-visit. 

ONLINE ORDERING 

Under Order Comments (found at the bottom of the check out page), please include: NAME OF STUDENT, GRADE LEVEL, and who the book(s) should be PERSONALIZED to.

Under Pick-up Options, please select: I would like to pick this order up at the store (although these books are going to be delivered to students on campus, on the day of the event).

Under Pick-up Location, please select: Vroman's Bookstore.

Educators: please DO NOT give books to students who say they have ordered online. Vroman’s will be bringing online orders to the campus, if placed and confirmed, BEFORE the author visit.

 

Awesome Dog 5000 (Book 1) Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780525644811
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2019

Heads up, DOG MAN lovers! Watch out, readers of BAD GUYS! Robotic dog AWESOME DOG 5000 is in the neighborhood and he's. . . well, he's awesome.

Marty, Ralph, and Skyler might make the ultimate secret combo when battling alien-slime ninjas in their favorite video game, but in real life they're just regular kids. That is, until the three best friends discover Awesome Dog 5000, a robotic dog with very real power-ups. Awesome Dog can "bark" a sonic boom, "walk" at speeds over three hundred miles per hour, and "fetch" with an atomic cannon. Life for Marty, Ralph, and Skyler just got a major turbo-boost!

Attention, readers! AWESOME DOG 5000 is a wild action-comedy told through a mix of text and black-and-white illustrations, with a mystery to solve at the end. Can you handle the awesomeness?