Jon Klassen with Jeff Kinney

Jon Klassen, Caldecott medalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, joins us to read and sign his newest creation, THE SKULL, a creepy tale of things that go bump in the night, with a warm note of friendship at its heart. Inspired by a Tyrolean folktale, Jon Klassen combines his talent for deadpan humor with spine-chilling suspense in this story of a little runaway girl named Otilla. From Alice, "I'm absolutely obsessed with this! Jon Klassen's Tyrolean folktale retelling is poignant, mysterious, and so so lovely. I just finished reading and can already tell that the story and its gorgeous illustrations will stay with me for a while." Jon will be in conversation with Jeff Kinney, international bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. There will be a reading, Q & A and book signing at this very special event!

If you're not able to make the event, you can order a signed and personalized copy by clicking on the book below. Add "Signed Copy" and how you'd like the book personalized in the comments section of your order. 

Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Jon Klassen delivers a deliciously macabre treat for folktale fans. Jon Klassen's signature wry humor takes a turn for the ghostly in this thrilling retelling of a traditional Tyrolean folktale. In a big abandoned house, on a barren hill, lives a skull. A brave girl named Otilla has escaped from terrible danger and run away, and when she finds herself lost in the dark forest, the lonely house beckons. Her host, the skull, is afraid of something too, something that comes every night. Can brave Otilla save them both? Steeped in shadows and threaded with subtle wit--with rich, monochromatic artwork and an illuminating author's note-- The Skull is as empowering as it is mysterious and foreboding.

Jon Klassen is the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling I Want My Hat Back, which won a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, and its companions: This Is Not My Hat, which won a Caldecott Medal and a Kate Greenaway Medal, and We Found a Hat, named a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year. He is also the author-illustrator of The Rock from the Sky and the illustrator of Extra Yarn, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Triangle, Square, and Circle, all by Mac Barnett; House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser; the Skunk and Badger series by Amy Timberlake; and the middle-grade Pax series by Sara Pennypacker. Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jon Klassen now lives in Los Angeles.


Friday, September 22, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536223361
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - July 11th, 2023

This Is Not My Hat (The Hat Trilogy #2) By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763655990
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - October 9th, 2012

The Three Billy Goats Gruff By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338673845
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Orchard Books - October 18th, 2022

The Rock from the Sky By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536215625
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2021