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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Thalia Book Club Camp Week 2 Final Day

Published on July 22, 2016

We can’t believe it’s the last day of Week 2 already, but what a week it was! We started off our Friday by playing our very favorite games from the past week – a “Greatest Hits” of games. We chose the capture-the-keys game, the handshake murder game, and the night at the museum game. There was a lot of great teamwork and hilarity!

After our games, we met our author of the day: Nicholas Gannon, who wrote The Doldrums. It was Nicholas’s first book ever, so he told us all about how he got started writing and illustrating books. Throughout his childhood in Minnesota, he loved drawing and making art, so he eventually went to art school in New York City. After graduating, he briefly worked in animation until he realized his true passion was illustrating his own books and making up his own characters! The character of Archer from The Doldrums came to him while he built houses upstate. Some early sketches of Archer were done on the wooden frames of the houses, and he started sketching Adelaide soon after.

Nicholas told us that he had to choose only 20 scenes from the novel to illustrate. He drew initial sketches of certain scenes, ‘rendered’ the sketches, and then scanned them into the computer. On Photoshop, he could zoom in to make very specific, detailed color changes. We even watched a little video of this coloring process for one of his illustrations!

After the presentation, we had a really interesting Q+A that included some sneak peaks of the second book in The Doldrums series. We were the first group to see some of the sketches from Book 2! After the Q + A, Nicholas asked us to do a drawing and writing activity. Firstly,  we all created a detailed character illustration, adding as many visual qualities and characteristics as we could. Secondly, we switched drawings with a partner and described each other’s characters. It was really fun to see how our friends interpreted our drawings, and to listen to them tell new stories!








After our author photo and book signing, we said thank you and goodbye to our wonderful guest Nicholas Gannon.


We ate a luxurious lunch in the park and played Capture the Flag (of course).

After lunch, we all chugged water and then began our Book Share! So many great books were recommended. Many of us summarized the plot and explained why we loved the book so much, while a small group of us performed a skit of a scene from Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Other recommended books included Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy, The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller, The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass.


After our book share, we played some final fun games and then went back into the camp room for our end of week party! We each had some yummy treats and lemonade and filled out some evaluations about what we thought of camp. Then we received a card with a group photo of everyone on the front, where we wrote little messages to each other and collected emails to keep in touch.


We’re sad the week has come to an end, but we hope to see many familiar faces at camp next year!


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