Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it's up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle's never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic.
Why I Wrote It
For several years now my dear editor, Melanie, has been asking me to write something funny for younger readers. I have wanted to do this, because I think I’m pretty hilarious, and it sounded like so much fun . . . naturally, I had no good ideas. Oh, I toyed around with a couple of things, which might eventually be whipped into shape and published. But nothing that really had me jazzed.
Then one night as I was getting into bed ZAP! ZING! POW!
Now, those of you who have heard me talk about how I wrote DRAGON SLIPPERS will recognize that ZAP ZING POW as the painful sound of inspiration striking my tired brain. But instead of the words, “It was my aunt who decided to give me to the dragon” in my head, I heard different words. To be specific, these words:
“Sometimes, when it was bored , Castle Slaughter liked to grow a new room.”
Wait a minute, you say. Castle SLAUGHTER?! Er. Yes. The name that originally popped into my head was Castle Slaughter. Clearly that was one of the first things that I changed. It has been pointed out to me that Glower isn’t exactly very chipper, either, but Glower seemed to fit.
Much like everything else about this book clicked into place: I suddenly knew that it was about a young princess, who lived in a magic castle that could change rooms and hallways whenever it wanted. And I also knew that I would be able to write more than one adventure for this princess and her castle.
And so, behold: TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE, the first book in a new series!
Prince Rolf — One of my favorite college professors had a young son named Rolf. I thought it was such a cool name, and he was a really fun kid. I’ve been looking for an excuse to use the name Rolf for years.
Rufus — Rufus is Princess Celie’s stuffed animal, for those who haven’t read the book. When we found out our first child was going to be a boy, my husband and I could not come up with any names. I kind of liked the name Max, but we were also joking around with a lot of names we would never actually use like Gunnar or Thorbjorn or Rufus. Somehow we ended up calling the baby Max Rufus (this did not end up being anything close to his real name). Our families and neighbors got into it, and for the last few months of my pregnancy, everyone who knew us would ask about “Max Rufus.” When I had a baby shower, of course everyone was saying the name over and over, every time we did, my friend’s baby girl would perk up, and then get sad. My friend finally told me that her daughter’s favorite toy was a stuffed giraffe they had named Rufus, and she had forgotten it that day. So whenever we said the name, poor little Luci looked around for her toy, and couldn’t find him. And so, in honor of Max Rufus and Luci’s Rufus, we have a stuffed lion named Rufus!
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