This is an actual thing that happened: I got to eat eggnog French toast at a TV table and watch cartoons once. You can read all about it in Super Lexi Is Not a Fan of Christmas. The thing about eggnog French toast is that it’s actually delicious. I wrote an official Top Secret recipe for you so you can eat it, too.
Stuff You Need
8 pieces of bread (Udi’s if you’re not a fan of wheat)
1 cup thick egg nog (So Delicious Coconut Nog if dairy gives you the feeling of barf)
¼ cup flour (something like Authentic Foods Superfine Brown Rice Flour if you think wheat is blech)
1 tsp vanilla
Greasy stuff like butter, coconut oil or shortening for the griddle
MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT: Powdered sugar for snow
Top Secret Important Directions
Dump eggs, egg nog, flour and vanilla into a blender. Make sure you put the lid on or else you’ll have a big, fat mess. Don’t ask me how I know that.
Cover your ears. Have a grown-up press a button on your blender since your hands are busy. That thing is blaring loud.
Now you have goop in your blender. Pour that goop into a bowl that’s big enough to fit bread.
Ask your grown-up put a griddle on medium high heat. That way, you don’t have to get terrified of the burner. Get to work on step 5 while your grown-up puts the greasy stuff on a griddle.
Dip bread in the goop. Your fingers will feel gross. Tell yourself that’s part of the fun.
Have your grown-up cook that goopy bread on the griddle while you wipe your fingers off.
MOST IMPORTANT STEP: When the French toast is all cooked, sprinkle powdered sugar snow on top. Make it beautiful. That makes it more delicious.
Gobble up that delicious food.
Woo Hoo! My chapter book SUPER LEXI IS NOT A FAN OF CHRISTMAS is now available! Click here to look inside!
About the Book
Lexi is not a fan of Christmas hoopla. It’s loud like an explosion, and it makes her insides hard like an ice cube. Too bad a big, fat holiday party at school is breathing down her neck. Now, to get out of it, Lexi has to get on the naughty list. Only one problem: Breaking rules gives her the feeling of barf.
I will be answering questions regarding my chapter book SUPER LEXI and the upcoming sequel, SUPER LEXI IS NOT A FAN OF CHRISTMAS (Nov 4, 2014), on Goodreads for the next week!
Please submit your questions or those of your kids here!
Some of the Q & A’s so far:
As a little kid, I never got into “kid-friendly” activities. Overnight camping trips, field trips, school performances, carnivals, class parties, you name it, they overwhelmed me. I did not like them. But in the 80s, kids’ perspectives were not validated as well as they are today, so I frequently faced grown-ups who told me all kids liked that stuff. No one really believed me.
I decided to write SUPER LEXI about a second-grade girl who hates musical performances & staring eyeballs because I think kids need to be told there’s more than one way to experience the world. There is power in the written word. I thought if a grown-up wrote a book that says it’s OK to see the world this way, then it would be official for whatever kid needs to hear that.
As a kids’ author, the best thing about being a writer is by and large the audience. I love children and I have so much hope and belief in them. The very nature of evolution promises that they are capable of doing greater things than I am. I simply love being a doorway that they can walk through on their own journeys to greatness.
It’s so nice to hear from you, Cade!
I do have a few more ideas for SUPER LEXI books and hope to complete them, but there are no official releases scheduled after the Christmas book comes out in November. When I do have release dates on future books, I’ll announce them on my Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/EmmaLeskoAuthor
Thank you for your question!
I’m really trying to let you get through Pumpkin Spice Latte season before filling your feeds with SUPER LEXI IS NOT A FAN OF CHRISTMAS news. It’s just so hard because Adam Winsor: Illustrator, Animator, Etc. Etc. has done such wonderful illustrations!
I’m particularly fond of this one, which perfectly captures everything I was going for.
SUPER LEXI IS NOT A FAN OF CHRISTMAS is coming soon!
Big victory for chapter book Super Lexi today – Kirkus gives it a rave review! Highlights below:
“An excellent chapter book that’s perfect for middle-grade fans of Megan McDonald’s Judy Moody series and other books featuring spirited female narrators.”
“Lexi has a remarkable narrative voice, and Lesko captures her anxieties and phobias beautifully.”
“She’s a fascinating protagonist…”
“A grade school girl battles her fear of “staring eyeballs” in this fantastic series starter by debut author Lesko.”
Read the full review here!
Happy National Library Appreciation Week! As a lover of libraries and all things books, I am proud to support this wonderful week. I was happy to see my Facebook community jump at the chance to get free copies of my chapter book Super Lexi for their local libraries. I sent out 15 signed copies to libraries on three different continents this week!
Also, because I simply could not help myself, I took Super Lexi on a Little Free Library book tour. If you are not familiar with the Little Free Library “take a book, leave a book” program, I highly recommend you check it out, because it’s a very cool and neighborly way to promote literacy.
Next up: Teacher Appreciation Week, beginning May 5! As a grateful kids’ author, I intend to give thanks 😉
Super Lexi is a warmly funny chapter book about a determined but nerve-wracked second grader.
Lexi’s got phobias about lots of things. Yogurt. Songs that get stuck in her head. Cashiers who think they’re good with kids. Her biggest phobia on Planet Earth, though, is eyeballs staring at her. That’s how come it’s too bad she has a solo in the school Parents’ Day performance. Good thing she has a plan. If she tornado-twirls at blur speed, she can disappear onstage!
Lots of activity with my chapter book Super Lexi this week!
First, investigative reporter from Wired magazine and esteemed supporter of the neurodiversity movement Steve Silberman tweeted kind words about Super Lexi. Needless to say, it made my day, because Steve Silberman is awesome.
Next, I began my long overdue journey on Goodreads! Who knew that was such a spectacular place? I can make friends who are only interested in talking about books? I can’t think of any thing more fun. Come find me. I”ll be thrilled to talk about nothing but books with you.
And finally, I am profoundly grateful that my Facebook page now has more than 2000 followers. The support has been overwhelming!
As many of you know by now, I have a phobia of eyeballs staring at me. Going public with Super Lexi was out of character for me, but I it did anyway in the hopes that I would figure out a way to survive it.
This is why I cling to an old quote my dear friend Kurt Vonnegut used to say (kidding, he was not my dear friend, though I’m certain my life would have been complete if he had been):
Thanks to all of you, there’s hope for my wings yet!
A sample chapter of Super Lexi is now available for download! Please help spread the word!
Super Lexi is a romp of a chapter book that empowers shy or introverted kids to accept themselves as they are. Ages 6-9.
I am so happy to announce that my chapter book, Super Lexi is now available! Click here to buy it now!
I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me along the way. I particularly appreciate those of you that have read my blog or followed me on Facebook/Twitter as Lexi has grown from an idea to a full-fledged character.
A special thanks to Adam Winsor, whose beautiful illustrations capture Lexi and her spirit better than I could have ever hoped for. And thank you to Keith Snyder for presenting Lexi’s story exactly as I had envisioned it!
Congratulations to winners of the Super Lexi Superpower Contest, Corinne, age 9, and Carley, age 8!
Corinne’s superpower is making homemade gifts like friendship pins, duct tape wallets and friendship bracelets. Carley’s superpower is being kind to others. Both superpowers help make the world a better place!
You’ll each receive a signed copy of my new chapter book, Super Lexi. Thank you for using your superpowers, and for participating in the contest!
The countdown to the February 25 release of my early chapter book, Super Lexi is on!
Lexi’s got phobias of lots of things. Yogurt. Songs that get stuck in her head. Cashiers that think they’re good with kids. But her biggest phobia on Planet Earth is eyeballs staring at her. That’s how come it’s too bad she has a solo in the school Parents’ Day Performance.
Join Lexi as she tries everything from crossing her eyes to “tornado twirls” in the hopes that she’ll turn invisible!
I feel so lucky to work on Super Lexi with illustrator Adam Winsor. He captures her essence perfectly. Here’s a rough sketch of the poor kid trying to wish her way out of music class.