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 CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature a surprise reprise from over nine years of archives.