Archive for September 2010

Wisconsin Book Festival

I'm going to be at the Wisconsin Book Festival Friday night, 6-8PM, at the Madison Children's Museum. I'll be reading my books with Josh Lewis, who will most likely be reading from his book:

(Have you read this book? It is a fantastic early chapter book for reluctant readers- highly recommended! And seconded by my son, Jack, who laughed his way through it a few weeks ago.)

Come on down if you're in the area!


Check This Out:

Cutest book trailer e-v-e-r!

I love Scaredy Squirrel! Who knew he could make such awesome book trailers too? Thanks to Fuse #8 for the link!


Dotty for Dotty!

I just can't figure out how to make this post look like anything other than Chapter One from the Nepotist's Handbook. I want to shout out this wonderful book I just read, see, but it's published by my publisher. And my art director had a hand in it. And the illustrations are by someone who is illustrating one of my own upcoming books. (At least I don't know the author- ha!) (Okay, she's my facebook friend.) (And my goodreads friend.) (And I follow her on twitter.) (But I don't *know* her, I swear!)

And anyway, by now, hopefully, you know that I don't go on and on about a book unless I really AM in love with it, and I really AM in love with this one:
Dotty by Erica S. Pearl

Dotty by Erica S. Perl and Julia Denos

Dotty up-ended my expectations. How Ms. Perl can go from Chicken Butt! (her last picture book, which we thoroughly enjoyed, but I am not sure I would ever describe as "charming") to this lovely, charming story I'll never know. But I will remain in awe of her versatility forever.

Dotty is about imagination and friendship and growing up and letting go and *not* letting go and being yourself. The writing is nuanced and perfect and so is the ending. It's sweet without being saccharine, perfectly matched to the illustrations (which are so, so, SO good) and I want to put it into the hand of everyone I tell about it, knowing they will share the book with someone they love and then close the book with a smile on their face. Just as I did.


Another Interview of Moi?!

I know, you just got done reading the Picture Book Roundtable over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, right? I hope, at least, that it was interesting! And I hope you also saw the *fabulous* breakfast Jules had with Julia Denos this week? Julia, as you probably know by now, is illustrating one of my books coming out next year, and she has a lot of sneak-peeks from it in her own Seven Imp interview- I could look at her artwork all day! So beautiful. (And I can't wait for that Audrey Hepburn biography- she's one of my favorite actresses!)

But anyway, if you aren't too Boni-Ashburned-out (hee-hee!), I recently did another interview over at Read-Write-Repeat. It's a lovely blog run by Pat Zietlow Miller, a writer from Wisconsin, that has interviews with authors (my pal Tammi Sauer recently stopped by too!) as well as a cool running feature- book reviews by kids. I love reading kids' reviews- they are so astute... So if you take a peek at my interview, make sure to take a look around- you'll be glad you did. And thanks for having me Pat!


The Perfect Summer Ending

I went on something of a mid-grade, summer-book kick late this summer. I read the Penderwicks last summer and just loved-loved-loved it and I was hoping to find another perfect summer read like that one. But I didn't just find one- I found four!

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning<br />
by Danette Haworth
Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning by Danette Haworth

Scumble by Ingrid Law
Scumble by Ingrid Law

The Summer of Moonlight Secrets by Danette Haworth
The Summer of Moonlight Secrets by Danette Haworth

Turtle In Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Turtle In Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

So summery, so wonderful! I adored every one of these books. They're all very well-written with charming characters and so good at establishing a place and a time. I just finished Turtle In Paradise, which has a story that takes place over a summer but culminates on Labor Day weekend- really good timing on that one! In fact, it was the perfect summer ending (thank you Jennifer L. Holm!)


Have You Seen This Book Yet?!

In The Wild by David Elliott and Holly Meade

In The Wild by David Elliott, illustrated by Holly Meade

Spectacular, bold illustrations, perfectly matched to fun, short, evocative poems. A companion book that's even better than the first one (2008's On The Farm, which I loved). Lovely. In The Wild left a big impression on me- add it to my list of favorite Caldecott contenders for this year!