About the author:
Jason Carter Eaton is, first and foremost, a carbon-based mammal. But also an award-winning children's book author and screenwriter!
But that's not all! He's also a dad, a son, a husband, a creative writing teacher, a gardener, an avid comic book reader, a barbarian, a decent cook, an excellent tennis partner, a weisenheimer, a showboater, a chocolate lover, a sucker for a good bowl of borscht (cold please), a huge fan of Douglas Adams, and the proud owner of a great, big, fuzzy golden retriever named Presto.
His children's books include the middle grade novel, The Facttracker (HarperCollins, 2009), and picture books, The Day My Runny Nose Ran Away (Dutton, 2003), How to Train a Train (Candlewick, 2013), How to Track a Truck (Candlewick, 2016), Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians! (Candlewick, 2017), The Catawampus Cat (Crown, 2017) Pop! (First/Second Books, 2018), and Bad Brows (Abrams, 2018). His books have won a host of awards and been translated into numerous languages.
Jason has written for countless odd venues, including McSweeney's, BBC Radio, Cracked Magazine, Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network, and MGM where he adapted his novel The Facttracker into a doomed live-action movie.
Jason also wrote the story for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, though that was entirely by accident.
IN THE PRESS
Wondering whether I do author visits?
Good news: I do!
I LOVE speaking to both elementary and middle school kids, and specifically tailor my talks for each.
For younger kids, I strive to inspire their love for writing while showing them just how accessible creative writing can be. I talk about what inspired each of my stories, and reveal all the hidden Easter eggs. And perhaps my favorite of all, I take them through all of the various translations from the international editions of How to Train a Train, which have led to some of the most hilarious train names in the (arguably brief) history of train-naming!
And, of course, all of this is generally done while I'm dressed as a big, shaggy barbarian (though I am happy to come in my civvies as well).
For older kids, I talk about the art of writing the story for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and take them through the animation process. I also discuss my middle grade novel, The Facttracker (whose themes of facts vs. lies are more relevant then ever in this digital age) and what it was like developing it into a live-action movie for MGM.
And, of course, there's a slideshow with countless behind-the-scenes goodies. I'll also leave behind a digital copy of Facttracker, which you may freely distribute to as many of your students as you like, free of charge!