Saturday, April 14, 2012

In Memoriam: Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett
August 23, 1982 - April 13, 2012

Rest In Peace
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of children's book author Mac Barnett.  Mr. Barnett died shortly after his appearance at Little Shop of Stories when he suffered from what the coroner's office is calling "spontaneous combustion."  Barnett had complained of "a burning sensation" earlier in the day.

Mr. Barnett, who last resided in Oakland, California, was the author of several picture books, and had also written mystery novels for young readers.  Barnett was 29 years old.

Jon Klassen, who illustrated Barnett's picture book Extra Yarn, broke down hysterically when informed of Barnett's death.  "Mac zijn zwakzinnige," Klassen cried in his native Dutch.  "Een heus lammeling!"

On a happy note, Little Shop of Stories has signed, first edition copies of Mr. Barnett's final book, Chloe and the Lion, on sale now!  They're sure to become collectors' items.

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