Celebrating John Corey Whaley's NOGGIN
[box type="info"]On Tuesday (April 8th) the highly-anticipated sophomore novel from Printz Medal and William C. Morris award-winning author John Corey Whaley finally hit shelves! Warning: Heads may roll Yeah Yeah Yeahs-style when reading the crazy weird premise of Noggin:[/box]
Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.
The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.
Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.
Oh well, you only live twice.
Now, I was hoping to interview Corey on how he conceived such a weird premise, but when I caught up with him I was really struck by his appearance...
"Photographed" by Jeremy West.
ADAM: So, uh, I see you've had some work done since publishing Noggin on Tuesday.
COREY: You know, change is always good. I thought I'd pull out all the stops and go full Noggin, hence the whole my head being attached to a kangaroo's body. Get it?!
ADAM: Sure, but why not put your head on someone a little more human and cool, like Dylan O'Brien or Jennifer Lawrence?
COREY: Well, I'd never want to disembody those two doobers (doobers = beautiful people). Plus, now I have this awesome pouch in which I can carry extra copies of Noggin. And yes – I have the cartoon-style kangaroo pouch that isn't disgusting inside.
ADAM: You're regretting not just getting another tattoo, aren't you?
COREY: Next time I'll quit while I'm A HEAD.
If you want to check out Corey's crazy amazing new book, let us know in the comments whose body you would like to reattach your own head on to! (This giveaway is US only, sorry, but you should totally still get in on the question fun!)
Oh, and here's a bonus video from Austin Powers full of head puns. You're welcome!