We started our time together with breakfast at the best bakery in St. Louis, Sweet Art. WeeKnight was a little perplexed about how to eat something that was just about his height. (He did much better with the cupcakes we bought for later.)
He was also a little startled to be handled by us, but soon got used to being carted around. (The armor gets very heavy, apparently.)
(He rejected Molly's offer to loan him a purse, however.)
Before we went on with our exploring, the WeeKnight wanted to see if anything was going on at the Academy, so we pulled up the webpage on the iPhone for him. Fortunately all seemed to be calm, so we went on with our day. First stop: the St. Louis Zoo.
He decided to observe the elephants from a distance.
He did agree to get on the carousel with Molly, however.
He claimed to find it pretty tame, but I think he might have been covering his alarm over the size of the cat on which he was perched. Not too long after that, our day was done. We started his second day off with breakfast, of course.
We tried to warn him away from the caffeine, but just after this picture was taken, he overturned the cup and had the waitress fill it. That accounts for the sheer volume of things we did the rest of the day. First stop: the St. Louis Science Center.
The WeeKnight was glad to orient himself on a map after being carried around by me for almost two days.
He tried the musical hopscotch board, but couldn't jump high enough to make the music play.
He made a new friend, though!
He tried to make some others, but they kept ignoring him.
He finished our time at the Science Center by playing in the Duplo blocks instead.
Our time with the WeeKnight was almost over, but we had one more stop to make: he wanted to see the book about his school up close, so we swung by - where else? - Pudd'nHead Books.
First he checked out the current bestsellers:
Then he got a little confused by a card:
Finally, though, he found what he'd been searching for:
He was ecstatic, especially after watching me handsell a copy to a customer.
Soon enough it was time for us to bid one another farewell. He had two other stops to make before heading back to the Academy, and he wanted to get on the road. Our visit with the WeeKnight was one we will not soon forget, and hope that you've enjoyed this chronicle. He and I both recommend purchasing and reading KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY as soon as humanly possible, preferably from your local independent bookstore.
(Final note from Melissa: I don't usually do this sort of thing. I don't have a lot of time for things like blog tours and interviews; bookselling takes up most of the time that used to be used on blogging. However, for books I really love, I'm going to try to make an exception. KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY is the first of those. I highly recommend it.)