Friday, February 26, 2010

Starred review in Kirkus!

See what Kirkus has to say in the starred review of my most recent book out just this Spring!

Review Date: FEBRUARY 15, 2010

Publisher:Boyds Mills

Pages: 32

Price (hardback): $$17.95

Publication Date: 2/20/2010 0:00:00

ISBN: 978-1-59078-712-0

ISBN (hardback): 978-1-59078-712-0

Category: CHILDREN'S

A star is assigned to books of

unusual merit, determined by the editors of Kirkus Reviews.

While Greg and his dad enjoy a beach day, Dad sets two rules: "Don't go in

the water / and don't leave Sandy," a lion Greg has drawn in the sand. As

the little boy continues drawing the lion's tail, he discovers myriad items

along the shore. Williams's rhythmic, onomatopoeic Swish-swoosh of the

waves and the clear, descriptive text transport readers into Greg's

experiences, which range from spotting a "gooey purple jellyfish" to

watching a "tiny ghost crab / scurry sideways into his dark, round hole."

Cooper's mastery with pastels results in a grainy, sun-washed effect that

conjures a hot seaside day. Most stunning are the endearing, intimate

close-ups of Greg immersed in artistic play. Children will relate to his

adventure, which pivots on the moment he realizes he has lost sight of his

dad. But a winning combination of good memory and self-reliance lead to a

most satisfactory ending. Scoop up this tale for its strength as a unique

beach story and for its warm portrayal of an African-American son and

father enjoying the outdoors. (Picture book. 3-6)

1 comment:

Barbara O'Connor said...

Oh, wow!!! That's awesome, Karen. Congrats!