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.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at the Children's Book Academy. Mondays with Mandy or Mira is now the Blogfish!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays will feature award-winning former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature reading specialist and MFA in creative writing graduate Mandy Yates has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the great Christine Taylor-Butler who has published over 70 award-winning fiction and non-fiction and nonfiction books including the acclaimed new middle grade series - The Lost Tribes.
And 5th Mondays will feature will feature the fabulous Carl Angel, award-winning multi-published Illustrator and graphic designer.
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