Thursday Twitter Takeover: Jim Benton

Each week, an accomplished published author takes over the YEM Twitter account. Each week, the YA author will answer questions, tell stories, and give advice on our social media. This week young adult author Jim Benton will be taking over our Twitter account.

Jim Benton is the creator of the licensing hit, It’s Happy Bunny, the author and artist behind the New York Times bestselling series, Dear Dumb Diary, and the popular chapter books series Franny K. Stein. Benton has also co-written and produced a made-for-tv movie, contributed to MAD Magazine and The New Yorker, and received a bunch of industry awards.

Jim’s new book is called The Handbook:

There’s nothing Jake likes more than some good trash-picking, so when his elderly neighbors move out and leave an especially promising-looking pile of household refuse on the curb, he goes right for it. He only has the chance to grab one box before his mom catches him and orders him in for dinner, though. When mysterious goings-on begin to occur in the neighborhood, the trio investigates the hidden box from Jack’s garage. In it, they find the Secret Parent’s Handbook and with it all the means to subvert the irrational rules and petty tyranny of their home lives. No more clean rooms! No more vegetables! No more brushed hair or washed hands! It’s all video games and junk food all the time! But the authorities — and the resistance — have taken notice of the strange goings-on in Jack and his friends’ neighborhood. And they are closing in…

To follow along with this week’s Twitter takeover, follow our Twitter account @YoungEntmag and follow the hashtag #YAAUTHORTAKEOVER