Coming in 2018: two new picture books, and I'm seeing stars (starred reviews, that is)!
THE ROUGH PATCH (Greenwillow, Aug. 14th) is a story of loss and hope.
STARRED REVIEWS: School Library Journal and Booklist, May 2018. See REVIEWS here.
Evan and his dog do everything together. They play and read and eat. But mostly you will find them tending to Evan’s extraordinary garden, where flowers and other good things flourish and reach for the sky.
But friends don’t always stay forever, and when Evan loses his, he destroys the place that meant the most to them, and creates something to match his mood. Something ugly and twisted, sad and stubborn, ragged and rough—and he likes it that way.
Until one day . . .
GOT TO GET TO BEAR'S! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct.) is a story of the lengths to which you'll go to help a friend.
STARRED REVIEW, Booklist, June 1 2018
Bear never asks for anything. So when a letter arrives for the little chipmunk Izzy, urgently requesting her presence, she can’t refuse--even if there is a blizzard on the way!
It's a new year, and I'm eager to be working with students again! If you'd like a dynamic, award-winning presenter at your school, book festival or conference, drop me a line! Here's what one school said last year:
GATOR DAD (2016)
A father shows love in many ways. Sometimes it's in what he says, but sometimes it's in what he does. Come along as a gator dad and the kids do nothing in particular. . . and still get a whole lot done together. This book celebrates some of the inventive—and sometimes unorthodox—ways that dads do things! These gators demonstrate an energetic and loving style of parenting, one that embraces each day to the very fullest.
ONE REVIEW for GATOR DAD: ". . . what is most evident are the feelings these four have for one another. Dads, squeeze the day with your own children just as this one does."
—Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2016 edition