Kin Platt Message Board
Kathy posts on 1/27/2008 3:48:20 PM
What is the status of the reprinting of "Sinbad and Me" and the other Steve Forester books? Thanks!
Chris Platt posts on 1/9/2008 8:04:56 PM
Hi Randy, and thanks for visiting. Yes, Sinbad was definitely a landmark in many kids' lives back then.It sure was in mine, and not just because my father had modelled (loosely) Steve and Sinbad on me and my dog Romeo.It was among the best books he ever wrote for kids -- at least until his book A Mystery for Thoreau, a historical novel that will be published posthumously later this year. If that flies, we may be able to republish Sinbad more easily because -- as you say -- there is a demand for it, and we've seen those eBay prices, too. I hope we can get you a (relatively) inexpensive copy before too long.
Randy posts on 1/8/2008 9:22:36 PM
I have been looking for Sinbad and Me for the last few years. The price the paperback commands is unbelievable. It is so high I just can't rationalize buying it. I prowl used bookstores hoping to find one hiding in the stacks.
The thing that amazes me the most though, is the passion in the comments on various book sites when I query Sinbad and Me. I thought I was the only one. I read the book in elementary school and am now 45 years old. This book has stayed with me all these years. In fact, as this is being typed I am looking at one of my two bulldogs. My fondness for the breed is directly a result of the book.
Hats off to your father and his work.
Chris Platt posts on 12/15/2007 4:11:47 PM
Hi Chris! Wonderful to hear from you. And so nice to hear how much Sinbad meant to you. It meant a lot to me, too -- and to thousands of other kids. I always thought it was the best of my father's Young Adult books. As I've said before in this space, we are hoping to reissue this wonderful book for a new generation -- with new cover art by the artist who did the cover for the Sinbad "prequel" in 1961 -- in the next couple of years. Maybe a movie version, too! Take care!
Chris posts on 12/14/2007 9:45:20 PM
Hi Chris Platt. I am so glad to be able to say hello to you and tell you about my experience with your father's books. I'm currently 49; for most of my life Ihave had this memory of a couple of books about I read when I was 8 or 10 years old, about a boy and his dog named Sinbad. I remember those books as magical. For many years I have wondered what the names of those books were. I never owned them, just checked them out of the school library when I was a kid. Last night I did a search on Google: 'sinbad dog children book' and low and behold. I came across the name of Kin Platt and the name, _Sinbad and Me_. I KNEW THAT THIS WAS IT! The book that was so magical to my childish heart. I can't believe I have finally found it after all these many years.
I can't tell you the magic these books hold for me. It goes beyond just loving them. We are talking magic. Your father brought magic into this world.
Thanks for the forum to express that to you. :)
Chris Platt posts on 12/10/2007 2:32:33 PM
Hi Kate -- or should I say, "Ribbit!" Nice to meet another fan. No, my family is between dogs at the moment.
No, the only bulldog I ever had was an English Bull named Merrymug Romeo. Beautiful, loving, loyal, brave. Problem with English Bulls is that they are so full of love, so full of heart that they quickly become a huge part of your life -- when I was a teenager, Romeo slept on my chest every night -- all 75 lbs of him, and I woke up sneezing every day 'cause I was allergic, but so what? Then they die early. Romeo was only 8 yrs old when he died, same age as his enormous father. Dogs like that shouldn't leave so soon. It is just too heartbreaking.
Frenchies are cute, but just not the same, I'm afraid. The ones I've met are more like Boston Bull Terriers than English Bulls. Please write again whenever you want to bail on grading papers.
frog princess posts on 12/10/2007 2:11:27 PM
I'm practicing work avoidance right now. I should be grading a stack of papers, and instead I have a burning question about Sinbad. I'm rereading it after a number of years and wondering if you and your family still have dogs--and still have bulldogs? I do a lot of rescue work for French bulldogs and love the descriptions of Sinbad's behavior. I teach children's lit and I'm enjoying the characterization and local color I see in Sinbad and Me, as well as the humor, of course.
You must have been a great kid if Steve's character is based on you. Very smart and empathetic.
Very happy to see that you are working on a historical novel! Just in time for my nephew's bar mitzvah next year--they live near Concord, so it will be extra interesting for him.
Chris Platt posts on 11/9/2007 4:50:31 PM
yeah, yeah, you're just doing this to make me feel stupid -- and doing such a great job. I TRIED putting all the discernible letters together up to the @, after which I had figured the rest. Didn't work. Listen, you know my name, my MI is same as Orenthal Simpson's. To the right of "at" is a high-temperature e-mail service.
Pam posts on 11/9/2007 4:36:47 PM
I guess that means you didn't get an email from me to your account - rats.
Just put all my letters together. I spelled out the non-letters.
Thanks for trying!
Chris Platt posts on 11/9/2007 3:16:51 PM
almost! I figured out the last half, don't think I got the first three words, 'cause I sent to what I thought it was and haven't heard back from you. Anyway you can reconfigure those first three words? I'm getting old and it's Friday evening and I'm running out of gas! Sorry!
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