Thank you for a wonderful HallowEEN party!

What a great way to celebrate the launch of Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah! Thank you to everyone who turned out on October 28th to help my party, Een-style. Here’s just a few of the photos from that whirlwind of an evening.

Teenling and Kendra
The Teenling and Kendra Kandlestar both came all the way from the Land of Een for the festivities (Kendra dyed her hair green in true HallowEEN fashion). If you’re wondering why they are so BIG—well, Kendra tells me that she and the Teenling drank a special potion (courtesy of Ratchet) to enlarge them (seems they were worried about getting stepped on).

Kazah launch.

Kazah launch.

Kazah Launch.

Kazah launch.

Everyone knows that if you’re going to be an Een that you need to celebrate the braid. So there were plenty of helpers on hand to decorate hair with balls and baubles (and a few pipecleaners help too).

Kazah launch.

Een museum.

The Een Museum featured a variety of enchanted items from Kendra’s world, including a peryton feather, petals from the fireflower, a skarm egg, a Kazah globe, a wand of Eenwood, and a variety of magical ingredients.

Kazah Launch.

This Kendra was pretty amazing too!

Kazah Launch.

Somewhere behind all of these people (in fabulous costumes I might add) is me, furiously signing books.

Rumble Pit game.

One of the popular tables in the activity area was the “Rumble Pit,” where kids used specially-designed cards to battle against each other with role-playing dice. I’m told some funny combinations came up, such as Centaur with a pickle fighting an Een Wizard with an onion.

Kazah Launch.

Kazah Launch.

How many people can boast Darth Vader as an attendee of their book launch?

Hermione and Kendra.

Actually, how many people can say Hermione was at their book launch? As you can tell, Hermione and Kendra got on famously.

Hermione and Kendra.

Eengels.

A few “Eengels” made an appearance at the party. These two actually won the costume contest (Eengels play an important part in Kendra and the Crack in Kazah). There was also an incredible Devileen costume. (Rats–I wish I had had more prizes, because that costume was also very cool).

Eengel.

Who says Eengels don’t like door prizes?

Een treats!

There plenty of Een treats on hand!

Een treats!

Kazah Launch.

Kazah Launch.

The Box of Whispers did double duty at the HallowEEN party, acting as a repository for door prize tickets.

Matthew presentation.

My student, Matthew, wrote and presented a poem to  . . . er “celebrate” me at the HallowEEN party.

Kazah Launch.

Kendra and the Teenling did a presentation too!

James saves the day.

My friend, fellow author, and super hero, James, saved the day by procuring me some computer equipment when my failed fifteen minutes into the launch! With my computer equipment repaired, I was finally able to deliver my presentation and show some of the background work that went into the creation of the new book.

Kazah Launch.

Kazah Launch.

Kazah Launch.

Kazah Launch.

Kazah Launch.

An old student of mine decided to take the stage and help me during the reading (Oh, and you can just see part of the Devileen costume in the corner of the photo!)

Kazah Launch.

Uncle Griffinskitch.

Here’s the runner up to the costume contest. He was Uncle Griffinskitch—I don’t know what happened to his beard at this point; I guess it was so itchy, he took it off!

Book signing.

Yes, amidst all the chaos, I was able to sign some books!

Thank you to EVERYONE who helped out with this event: Marcie, Kendra, Danie, Brett, Stephanie, Dona, Danielle, Joy, Sarah, Joanne, James, Luke, Kallie, kc, Rob, Jaclyn, and all of the parents and their fabulous kids.

About Lee Edward Fodi

I'm a children's author, illustrator, and educator—or, as I like to think of myself, a daydreaming expert. When I'm not daydreaming myself, I teach kids how to do it. Yes, they might seem pretty good at it already, but in my experience, most of them haven't learned yet how to put it to good use. I'm the creator of the Kendra Kandlestar series and have illustrated books for other authors.
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