What I’m Up To at Kirkus This Week, Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring Yokococo (Or: Here’s to the Super Freaks and Rotters Through and Through)Friday, May 10th, 2013
and a naughty little cat named Hans. They were SO diffferent!”
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This morning at Kirkus, I write about Cecil Castellucci’s and Sara Varon’s Odd Duck, because we should all celebrate our inner (and outer) super freak — as well as, for that matter, the introverts of the world. That link is here, and next week Cecil and Sara will visit to chat.
Last week at Kirkus, if you missed it and are so inclined to read it, I had this on my mind and wrote about it, partially prompted by a picture book from Japanese author/illustrator Yoko Shima, who goes by Yokococo, called Matilda and Hans: Selma G. Lanes once wrote, “If you would truly teach young children through the books they listen to or read themselves, give them a hero who is an unregenerately bad example, a rotter through and through.”
Matilda and Hans was originally published in 2012, but this is the first U.S. edition. Above is a spread from the book.
Till Sunday …
MATILDA AND HANS. Copyright © 2012 by Yokococo Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.