we're going to be friends
in conversation with Maria Russo, Children's Books Editor, NYT Book Review
and Jill McLaughlin, Principal, Nishuane School
discussing children's literature, art and music
Wednesday, April 18, 7pm
"Possibly the greatest-ever song about childhood BFFs.” — Entertainment Weekly
"We're Going to be Friends" is one of The White Stripes most enduring and loved songs.
We're Going to be Friends is the first book by twelve-time Grammy winning musician, actor, and producer Jack White.
With the help of illustrator Elinor Blake (aka April March), the perennial favorite feels right at home on the page as a hardcover children's book.
In We're Going to be Friends, Elinor uses the signature colors of The White Stripes—red, white, and black—to follow the adventures of the song’s protagonist, Suzy Lee, as she goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend. Fans of The White Stripes will delight in this new way of experiencing the song—and sharing it with their children—while a new generation of music and book lovers will be introduced to the beloved song and its whimsical evocation of the simplicity and nostalgia of childhood, for the first time.
Elinor Blake, a.k.a. singer/songwriter April March, is a Disney trained animator first hired at age eighteen by Paul Reubens for Pee Wee's Playhouse, in a studio so large there was rollerskating around the drawing boards after hours. She then went on to work with some of the best known artists and directors in movies and television, among them Ralph Bakshi, Quentin Tarantino, Nick Park, and John Kricfalusi. She's animated everything from Coke to Crest Toothpaste and everyone from Ren & Stimpy to Bugs Bunny, not to mention Frank Zappa (whom she just mentioned). This is her first children's book.