Cover Reveal: SOMETHING WILD

I’m sure all of you have favorite authors and illustrators. And when they have a new book coming out, you can’t wait to read it, right? Well, one of my favorite illustrators is Molly Ruttan – and when I found out that her author/illustrator debut picture book was launching in February of 2023, I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. [Correction: not sure how I missed Molly’s 2020 book, THE STRAY. That was her author/illustrator debut – but all that means is there is more Molly Ruttan goodness in the world!)

READY! SET! GO! COVER REVEAL for SOMETHING WILD!

Written and illustrated by Molly Ruttan – Published by Nancy Paulsen Books – February 2023
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Perfect Picture Book Friday (even though it is only Wednesday): VIOLET AND HER CRUMBS – A Gluten-Free Adventure Plus BOOK GIVEAWAY

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!

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: I AM A THIEF Plus Book Giveaway AND Manuscript CRITIQUE

Authors, illustrators, and publishing company publicity departments often reach out to bloggers to see if they can feature upcoming picture books. I try to do as many as I can – because I LOVE reading them and I LOVE sharing them with parents, librarians, teachers, and all of my kidlit friends. Sometimes I get a chance to read them to my six-year old granddaughter over Skype…and, when she asks me to read the book again and again and again, I know we’ve got a winner.

That’s what happened with today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection. Sophie absolutely loves I AM A THIEF…and I think you will also. PLUS, the author and publisher are donating a copy of the book as a giveaway AND…the illustrator is offering a picture book manuscript CRITIQUE to one lucky winner. Make sure you leave a comment at the end.

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