I went back to the bookstore to ask about Elmo's upcoming appearance:
"So is it like a muppet Elmo?"
"Oh no. It's a guy in a full Elmo suit. He's a PROFESSIONAL. That's why you have to get tickets. Because he is a professional. It's going to be so awesome."
The kids are still excited about seeing a guy in an Elmo suit but I make no promises. Maybe I'll show up in an Elmo t-shirt with a cartoon bubble coming off his head that says, "Who wants to die?"