I'm so glad I did because I got to hear him read from his new not-yet-published book Count the Monkeys, which is illustrated by Kevin Cornell and will be coming out in June. It is delightful and hilarious and I cannot wait to read it to you guys! Sadly, I won't be able to until next school year but you don't have to wait to read it for yourself once it comes out.
Here is a picture of Mr. Barnett reading from his new book with an expert page turner (she claimed to be a volunteer from the audience but I think she was a plant):
After the reading Mr. Barnett kindly signed books for the folks in attendance. I asked him to sign a couple of books for Marshall Lane and he asked if he'd been to Marshall Lane. I said 'no, but you've been to Hicklebee's' to which he replied, 'oh I've signed books for Marshall Lane before' and I said 'yes, many.' (Look for Mac Barnett in the list of labels to the right to see evidence of this.)
Here is a picture of me with Mr. Barnett that makes it look like we are good friends.