This has been a week of meeting idols. Charles Santore is huge on my list of favorite artists. Two years ago I bought a sketch from his Wizard of Oz book at an auction -– I had been sweating it the entire evening fearing someone would scoop me. I’ve seen him at any number of events but have always been too shy to say Hello, but at last night’s Society of Illustrators children’s book opening (which I sandwiched around seeing Wolves) I had the great pleasure of talking to him for quite a while. It seems that the sketch I bought is the only thing from his Oz series that he has let out into the world. He’s is currently working on a Frank Baum Christmas story, which has me very excited. I love Christmas...except for the shopping. I so hate the shopping.