The Very Impatient Caterpillar – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Look out Very Hungry Caterpillar, there's a new guy in town: And he happens to be a very funny, impatient caterpillar. One who wonders where all those other caterpillars are going... Metamorphosis??? Never heard of it! But once he's told he can become a butterfly, he wants to be part of the action, too. Yes, … Continue reading The Very Impatient Caterpillar – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Sweety – Perfect Picture Book Friday

In 2013, Andrea Zuill made a big splash in our region by winning the "Best Portfolio" award at the SCBWI Golden Gate Conference. The honor was well-deserved. In Sweety, every line of Andrea's work is so expressive, I found myself laughing and crying over a naked mole rat who wears clothes. In other words, Sweety … Continue reading Sweety – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Nonfiction vs. Fiction – Seeking Truth in Squaw Valley

God, I love the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Spending a week with 150 other people who are as connected to writing as emphysema patients are to their oxygen tanks is nothing short of nirvana. When I attended Squaw, I focused solely on fiction writing. No big surprise given my MFA. But during the … Continue reading Nonfiction vs. Fiction – Seeking Truth in Squaw Valley

Four Otters Toboggan – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I never thought I'd be smitten by a counting book. And I'm still not smitten by a counting book, because FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN is so much more than that. It's an ode to nature, a prayer, a salute, a love letter, a bedtime lullaby—all in the guise of a counting book. First the love letter … Continue reading Four Otters Toboggan – Perfect Picture Book Friday

No Bears Allowed – Perfect Picture Book Friday

This week, I'm pleased to present a fabulous new book that takes aim at bias. Those binoculars are a metaphor folks. As adults, we tend to walk around with our perception goggles rigged for bias, possibly through parental conditioning coupled with mass media that insidiously (and often blatantly) establishes and then reinforces cultural, racial, and … Continue reading No Bears Allowed – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Uncle Andy’s – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I confess, I fell in love with an "ancient" picture book from 2003. And for good reason: it's dry, understated humor. And its fah-bu-lous illustrations. I'll tell you right up front. Andy Warhol's brother was a junk man. Such fertile ground for creativity! "Looking back on those days, the one thing I remember most is … Continue reading Uncle Andy’s – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Ogilvy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

You've heard the old adage "the clothes don't make the bunny," right? Well, it takes some time for Ogilvy and Ogilvy's new friends to figure this out. When Ogilvy arrives in a new town, the bunny is excited to see so many other bunnies having fun in the park. They're drawing, playing ball, knitting, and … Continue reading Ogilvy – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Half a Chance – Middle Grade Book Review

I've read three middle grade novels by Cynthia Lord over the past few weeks. She has a very distinctive, gentle style. One that features the concerns of Tweens, no matter how small, and makes them seem extraordinarily important. Of the three I read, HALF A CHANCE will stay with me the longest. Synopsis of Half … Continue reading Half a Chance – Middle Grade Book Review

Pip & Pup – Perfect Picture Book Friday

I don't often review wordless picture books, but I was smitten by this book: Why? The huge humor and heart factor. Those who are "only" writers (like me) must infuse the text with heart, and then leave it to illustrators to fulfill what is promised in the text by adding their own form of magic. … Continue reading Pip & Pup – Perfect Picture Book Friday

The Donkey and the Egg – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Back when my son was a toddler, we read THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY, a story about a golden retriever who drops a ball down a prairie dog hole. Oh my, that was a favorite in our house for years. And now, another book by the Stevens sisters has landed on my desk. First a look … Continue reading The Donkey and the Egg – Perfect Picture Book Friday