I just openedÂ a package, an envelope I found on my doorstep…
And inside I found this… a leatherbound, gilded, cloth edition of Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains.Â It smells like an old library, and feels like a bible. It has a silk bookmark thingy in it, and it is the most gorgous object I’ve ever owned.Â Seriously.
I’m not sure how or why my editor did this, what moved her to dream this up.Â But I am completely and totally floored.
Since this ride of mine began, I have been surprised again and again by the individuality and humanity of Random House.Â It is a family of people who treat me like a person and do all they can to make me feel valued.Â And whatever may be happening in the business offices, I’m here to tell you that the editors and publishers at Random House Books for Young Readers are an astounding bunch.