Enthusiastic fourth and fifth grade students from five schools: Baldwin, Cambridgeport, Graham & Parks, Kennedy-Longfellow, and Morse – filled the auditorium of the Cambridge Public Library on March 28th to hear author/illustrator George O’Connor. O’Connor is the creator of the popular “Olympians” series, which present action-packed stories of Greek gods and goddesses in detailed, beautifully rendered comic books. His entertaining and high-energy presentation began with a description of himself as a geeky kid who loved to draw monsters and was obsessed with myths from around the world. He was thrilled to realize years later that he could actually turn his obsession with mythology into a career.
O’Connor explained his creative process, which includes meticulous research, as well as multiple drafts of both words and pictures. Students had many questions and eagerly took in everything he said. As one student from Kennedy-Longfellow put it: “He made me want to read, draw, and write more.”
An added bonus for some students was the opportunity to visit the Children’s Room or Teen Lounge before and after the presentation.
Click here to learn more about George O’Connor’s books.