My daughter and I got to see the storybook/game I illustrated for Peaceable Kingdom Press, called 'Sunny and Stormy Day!' on the shelves at our local Target. Such a thrill!!
WHAT A THRILL!
Oh my goodness! My children's book, 'You're My Boo' (Beach Lane Books/imprint of Simon & Schuster) Sept 2016 written by: Kate Dopirak and illustrated by: (ME) Lesley Breen Withrow is in the October 2017 Scholastic Book Club - Honeybee (for preschoolers) flyer! This is a total dream come true for me. I absolutely loved the Scholastic Reading Flyers when I was a kid. I can still remember the excitement I felt when the teacher passed them out and the thrill I had when my books arrived. I am honored to have a book that I illustrated be included into the Scholastic Flyer family. ...and to think that I can make a child feel that thrill makes me so happy.
My Postcards are here!
Happy One Year Anniversary to 'You're My Boo' - Beach Lane Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) September 2016. It was such a thrill to illustrate this book and I just love the trailer Kate and I had made for it... so I thought I's share it again. Enjoy!
A day in the life of a family is more than the sum of its adorable parts.
“You’re my peek-a-boo, my sneak-a-boo, / my laughing till-you-squeak-a-boo.” So begins this mother fox’s celebration of her quick, sneaky, funny, naughty little fox cub. All day long, the toddler plays, alternating between engaging its baby sibling and teasing it. And all day long, the mother cajoles, comforts, or corrects the child’s behavior, using the “boo” diminutive throughout, until at day’s end the child is comforted and tucked in to sleep. Adult readers with a low saccharine tolerance may shudder at the sweetness of the endeavor, but with its meticulous scansion and playful affection, it subtly morphs into a story that is both a silly name litany (always popular with young readers) and a quietly reassuring statement of continual mischief-proof parental love (“And no matter what you do… / you will always be my boo”). The book also draws a fairly neat line between the “boo” of “peek-a-boo” and the contemporary, affectionate slang term for “sweetheart.” Withrow’s accompanying pencil, collage, and digital art aptly illuminates the cub’s day, excelling in vignettes that illustrate the protagonist’s shenanigans even as the text delivers simple, one-word descriptions. In the end, it’s the love between parent and child that carries the story.
Boo-tiful. (Picture book. 3-5)
And here's the link to the actual Kirkus review, /www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/kate-dopirak/youre-my-boo/Read More