UPDATE 9/22/23: Due to unforeseen circumstances, our author event with Tyler and Cody Feder has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience. RSVPs will be informed if we're able to reschedule.
Third Place Books welcomes Tyler Feder and Cody Feder to our Seward Park store! The Feder sisters will be discussing their new book, Are You Mad at Me? This event is free and open to the public. Readers of all ages welcome!
For important updates, registration is highly recommended in advance. This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!
When Opal the ostrich is anxious, her neck feels as wobbly as a spaghetti noodle. Her family lovingly calls this “The Noodles,” and tries their best to help. But it’s not easy to calm down when you’re a worrier like Opal—especially when you’re worrying about somebody else’s opinion of you.
Now it’s the day of her family’s annual party, and Opal is in charge of picking up the triple-layer-double-custard-beet-and-berry tart from the bakery—a big responsibility! What if she does something wrong? What if somebody gets mad at her? Opal is having a serious case of the Noodles.
This light-hearted take on social anxiety is just the right amount silly and sweet—perfect for young children and anyone else who has ever gotten The Noodles.
"A comforting story about a problem many kids deal with; it reassures them that worries aren’t unusual and don’t have to feel overwhelming. The authors leave readers with the realistic yet optimistic view that anxiety doesn’t disappear altogether but can be confronted through one’s own positive outlook and support from family and friends. Colorful, cartoony digital illustrations are lively and endearing; note the enjoyable seek-and-find opportunity at the end."
"Tyler Feder and sister Cody Feder wisely don’t try to solve their protagonist’s concerns, but by giving anxiety a specific name and reiteratively showing the world to be an essentially benevolent place—portrayed via crisp cartooning in bright pastel colors—they underscore both the bird’s bravery and her burgeoning self-knowledge that when the Noodles come, 'she would be okay'."
Tyler Feder (she/her) is a Chicago-based artist whose work explores Big Feelings, feminism, and pop culture. She wrote and illustrated the acclaimed young adult graphic memoir Dancing at the Pity Party and made her picture book debut with Bodies are Cool. Tyler has been living with The Noodles (aka clinical anxiety) since she was a little girl, and she loved getting to work on Are You Mad at Me? with her little sis and BFF Cody! Tyler lives and works out of a cozy, pink-walled apartment in Chicago with her fluffy white cat Mitzvah. (Can you spot him in the book?)
Cody Feder (she/her) is a Chicago real estate professional and social media marketing expert with a lifelong passion for mental health advocacy. After spending her childhood, teens, and twenties battling anxiety, depression, and a serious eating disorder, she has accumulated a wealth of firsthand knowledge about mental illness and body image. Her goal is to use her background to help the next generation of "Codys" grow up with a strong foundation of self-confidence so they won't struggle the same way she did. Are You Mad at Me? is her first book, co-written with her older sister and dearest friend, Tyler. In her spare time, Cody loves decorating her apartment, finding ridiculous deals on designer accessories, and snuggling with (and learning from) her cheerful and carefree puppy, Georgia.
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