Funny ones. Sad ones. Lizzie loved them all.”
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It’s been two years since my breakfast interview with author/illustrator Tricia Tusa, whose work I love so very much. She’s got a new illustrated title out, Once Upon a Baby Brother (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 2010), written by Sarah Sullivan, so I thought I’d share some spreads from it today.
There is far from a dearth of picture book titles about new baby siblings in the family, but this one stands out. Lizzie, as you can see above, loves to tell stories. Then, her little brother, Marvin, comes along, and no one in the family’s got time to hear her tales anymore. She excels in school, however, what with her story-loving teacher, Miss Pennyroyal. Excels, that is, until Marvin goes to visit Gramma and “something was missing.” She even runs out of story ideas. When Marvin returns, wrecking his usual havoc, she’s inspired to create her own comic book character out of him, which means, yes, we get to see Tricia try her hand at some comics-within-a-story, those moments of the book rather reminiscent of Mini Grey.
Kirkus calls it a “fresh take on the new-sibling theme with an empowering female character.”
Here’s another spread from it. Enjoy Tricia’s bright watercolors. You can click all of these to supersize them and see them in more detail.
Note: I see that Tricia also illustrated this title from Hyperion in 2010, which I have yet to see. Perhaps other Tusa fans can weigh in?
ONCE UPON A BABY BROTHER © 2010 by Sarah Sullivan. Illustrations © 2010 by Tricia Tusa. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY.