It began with Philip Nel.
It ends with a man no less worthy.
Not long ago Roger Sutton’s blog Read Roger featured a long elaborate conversation. And inexplicably, in the course of it, the topic turned to The Hot Men of Children’s Literature. Roger attracts an illustrious crowd. The kind of people for whom this series is deeply offensive and not one little bit funny, nuh-uh, no how, no way. Roger spends, I have calculated, 5% of his working day defending me against such rants and he was just a stellar guy in doing so again here. However, he pointed out that I tend to go for weedy hipster types o’ fellas. I could cite my Christopher Paul Curtis credentials on the matter, but essentially he’s right. My ideal fella doesn’t look a whole lot different from Topher Grace with glasses (god help my soul). So it is that hearing such charges, I shall end with the greatest of them all.
Introducing the one . . . . .
the only . . . . .
Here he is, as ripped untimely from the remarkable Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast interview conducted not long ago.
Some of you may chose to believe that this is not Roger Sutton due to the lack of the usually evident bow tie. I say to you, eh. Bow ties are a dime a dozen. Roger is a one and only. One of the few people to have appeared in an issue of Tales from the Slush Pile.
A little background. Roger is currently the editor of Horn Book Magazine (did you know that all the editors are listed on Wikipedia?). He wrote Hearing Us Out: Voices from the Gay and Lesbian Community amongst other titles, though a search of books By Roger Sutton on Amazon yields such delightful headscratchers as Hellgate – Awakening a Runner’s Soul and Secure Communications: Application and Management. In the world of Amazon, all human beings have only one name. According to his bio on Hachette, "He is a well-known critic and teacher in the field of children’s books and formerly worked as a children’s and young adult librarian."
Oh. And he is hot. Hot and tall. Tall is good.
This shall be the last Hot Man of Children’s Literature entry I ever write. I’m going out with a bang. They have served their purpose. Ran their run. Now if anyone wants to pick up the mantle and continue them, you have my blessing. I know y’all have just been ITCHING to create your own Hot Men of Children’s Literature postings. I say, go wild.
Merry Christmas, Roger.