At the start of this month, I had the best of intentions to step back a bit from blogging. With a deadline for responding to editorial comments on the book we signed in January (illustrator is on board and we will hopefully be announcing in PW soon) and with a decision needed on cover sketches for PEDAL, BALANCE, STEER: Annie Londonderry, The First Woman to Cycle Around the World…and with the #PBChat Mentorship coming up…and with my desire to actually write a new story…I thought I’d refrain from writing blog posts for a while.
But here I am for Perfect Picture Book Friday (and two days early because I pressed PUBLISH a bit too quickly)- and the reason is that today’s book is AMAZING! When I heard that the dynamic duo of author Abigail Rayner and illustrator Molly Ruttan had teamed up again (after I AM A THIEF, one of my all-time favorite picture books!), I knew I had to emerge from my planned sabbatical!
Have you ever heard of this book? Part of me hopes you are saying no…because then you can run right out and request a copy from your local indie bookstore or tell your local library to put it on their shelves. I hadn’t heard of it either. But it’s truly one of the most uniquely beautiful books I’ve ever seen and I am so honored to be singing a Happy One-Year Birthday to WILDLIFE ON PAPER: Animals at Risk Around the Globe by the exceptionally talented artist and illustrator, Kunal Kundu.
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! One of my favorite books to review is a book written by a friend…and I also love it when a manuscript I saw early on becomes a real book. So, when those two elements align, I’m totally dancing with joy. And that’s what is happening this weekend! I’m so happy for debut picture book author Tootie Nienow – and I’m tickled pink to share her fabulous book with you today…and to sit down and chat with her tomorrow when she joins us for Will Write for Cookies. Please don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the blogpost and share this on your social media for tickets in the giveaway of a copy of THERE GOES PATTI MCGEE!