Dear readers, my Kirkus column for this week is up over at their site this morning. Here’s the link. This time, I discuss Lois Lowry’s new children’s novel, Bless This Mouse, illustrated by Eric Rohmann. And I’ve got a question for readers, so head on over and join in the discussion, if you’re so inclined.
And, if you missed last week’s column, it’s here. That’s my review of Ann Stott’s and Matt Phelan’s new picture book, I’ll Be There, as well as a discussion of what I call, for lack of a better phrase, love-you-forever type picture books, all focused on the love between parent and child. Readers weighed in last week with lots of great comments and suggestions, and I’ll gladly take more suggestions, should folks have them. Here are some illustrations from the book, and in fact, they are ones specifically mentioned in the review:
Here’s a spread from 2008’s Always (Candlewick), also by Ann and illustrated by Matt, another tale which, in the words of Kirkus (for their review of it), “explores the expansiveness of a mother’s love”:
And, just because I also mention it in the Kirkus column, here’s an illustration from last year’s Flora’s Very Windy Day (Clarion)—can you even stand how beautiful this illustration is, too?—written by Jeanne Birdsall and also illustrated by Matt. (Here was my Flora post from last year, complete with a visit from Jeanne.)
I’LL BE THERE. Text copyright © 2011 by Ann Stott. Illustrations copyright © 2011 by Matt Phelan. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
ALWAYS. Text copyright © 2008 by Ann Stott. Illustrations copyright © 2008 by Matt Phelan. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
FLORA’S VERY WINDY DAY. Copyright © 2010 by Jeanne Birdsall. Illustrations © 2010 by Matt Phelan. Illustrations and sketches reproduced by permission of the illustrator and the publisher, Clarion Books, New York.