MY BOOKS

 
 
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MAXIMILLIAN VILLAINOUS

Written by: Margaret Chui Greanias

Illustrated by: Lesley Breen Withrow

Running Press Kids, August 2018

For anyone who loved Leonardo, the Terrible Monster, this is a humorous and important book about learning to follow your heart and proving that kindness can outweigh villainy any day.

Maximillian Villainous is a monster who doesn’t have the heart to be a villain. His famous family pulls pranks on the likes of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, and Max spends his time undoing them. So when he brings home a bunny to be his sidekick, Max’s disapproving mother hatches a plan. She challenges Max and the bunny to become a devious duo; otherwise . . . the bunny hops. If they want to stay together, Max and the bunny have no choice but to go against their nature. They blunder into villainy with comical effect until Max discovers that embracing his good heart may just be the key to pulling off the most devious deed of all and winning his family’s acceptance.

Delightfully fun and irreverent, Maximillian Villainous is an empowering story about embracing one’s true self and finding acceptance. Up and coming illustrator Lesley Breen Withrow brings the characters to life with bold and colorful illustrations in a style reminiscent of Richard Scarry. -Kirkus Reviews

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BUNNY BUS

Written by: Ammi-Joan Paquette

Illustrated by: Lesley Breen Withrow

Farrar Straus Giroux, January 2017

Illustrator Withrow’s bright characters are reminiscent of Richard Scarry’s, with jolly animals dressed in their Sunday best, resplendent with plaids, patterns, and purses.

-Kirkus Reviews

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YOU’RE MY BOO

Written by: Kate Dopirak

llustrated by: Lesley Breen Withrow

Beach Lane Books (Imprint of Simon & Schuster), September, 2016

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.

-Kirkus Reviews