I can say it now.  We capped off the Portland Kid Lit conference with a sock puppet video full of zombies, werewolves, vampires, and the delightfully agreeable Betsy Bird.  I say we, but I was just a semi-drunken bystander with a case of the giggles.  It was all Jaime Temairik.  She’s creative, talented, and very odd.  Is there a better combination of traits?  I think not.

Watch the video!


Ok, here are a few peeks behind the ol’ scenes.  Jaime explains what will happen to Betsy, and she’s understandably frightened…maybe a little confused.  But, she already ate some bribe chocolate, so there’s now an obligation.










Jaime sweetens the pot with an original Jaime Temairik toucan painting (!).













Jaime gives some direction…









While Kirby Larson and Jolie Stekly play.










Jaime commands respect with a “1,2,3!  All eyes on me!”













Betsy and Jaime make the video, and Jaime doesn’t allow any cameras on the set.  

Post-video puppet carnage.







I don’t know why, but there was an attack.  One of the zombies turned on Betsy Bird.  Laurie Thompson was attacked by something that jumped out of Betsy’s bag, and Dana Arnim got gnawed on by the werewolf (too graphic for pictures).  It was brutal.




















Sadly, no one noticed because the rest of the zombies threw a doozy of a wrap party.  Here’s Jolie getting the evening started right.













The surviving zombies, vampires, werewolves, writers, illustrators, and librarians made their way down to the bar and partied the night away.  

Many thanks to Jaime and Betsy for making me laugh so hard.

*Everything posted above is true, except the parts that I made up.

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