I'm a frequent contributor to American Girl Magazine (catch my new short story in the December '09 issue). AG has taken a few of my stories and turned them into mini-books that accompany their doll clothes.
Here is ALLY ACKERMAN IN THE PINK--a story about a girl who really, really does not like pink--sold with a pretty little pink dress with hearts.
Seeing that all sorts of shades of pink are included in my own personal favorite colors, I was quite pleased. And it was cool to go to the American Girl store in L.A. last week with my niece and show her the books prominently displayed.
Frankly, one of the biggest thrills of working for AG is that they're a Mattel Company. When I see the Mattel label on their correspondence, I can't help but think back to when "You can tell it's Mattel--it's swell!" was a refrain on children's TV ads all Saturday morning. When I was a kid, Mattel was the great American toy maker. In fact, Mattel was on par with the North Pole in those days when it came to toys kids wanted for their Christmas lists. So don't blame me if I feel almost like an honorary elf, myself, nowadays.
Back to the workshop...