Hello all, in case you don't know this book, I'd like to introduce you to Sophie and her BFF Berenice. I love that this book works on so many levels - the universal theme of wanting a friend or loved one, memorable characters (a girl and her squash), wonderful understanding parents, great minimal text with lovely language, and great art that's a wonderful match to the text that also adds a little more character and flavor. It's one of the books that we'll be looking at in the upcoming Craft and Business of Writing Children's Picture Books along with a whole slew of other contemporary quirky and or soulful books that straddle the line of literary and commercial writing.
Here are the things that I love about it:
Hooks you right in with a subtle question - What are Sophie's plans for the squash?
Takes you along on a wonderful ride without it being overtly plot driven. Uses great language and a combination of predictability (kids love guessing what comes next) and surprises
Ends with a lovely twist
To which I say, "Well done author Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrator Anne Wilsdorf , editor Stephanie Pitts, and whoever the art director was, congratulations to you too!"
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do.
Mondays with Mandy or Mira consists of Mandy Yates and Mira Reisberg. Mira is the founder of the Children's Book Academy and was so impressed with Mandy when she was a student in one of the interactive courses, that she invited Mandy to share the blog. Mandy has as an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University and has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine. We hope you enjoy and find our offerings helpful.
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