Dozens of Cousins (Published by Clarion HMH, and illustrated by the talented David Catrow.) is slated to be released July 1, but the first review is in already—and it’s a star. YAY!
Publisher’s Weekly says: “An annual family reunion brings together a passel of carefree cousins in this joyful pairing of Crum’s (Mine!) comically heroic verse with Catrow’s (Have Fun, Molly Lou Mellon) equally rollicking pictures . . . A triumphant ode to family in all of its messy, quirky glory.” See the full review here: http://publishersweekly.com/978-0-618-15874-4 .
In celebration we’ve created a book trailer for those of you who want a closer peek. Enjoy!
COMING! July 2013 . . . published by Clarion.
I had a great time in Austin last weekend at the 2013 Austin-SCBWI conference. Wonderful conference, welcoming folks, and great food! Also, I absolutely loved getting to meet the hugely talented E. B. Lewis, Neal Porter, Erzsi Deak, Tamra Tuller, Cynthia Levinson, Rubin Pfeffer and others who co-presented. The highlight of the Friday night reception was Patrice Barton getting her Crystal Kite award for the illustrations in MINE! So happy for her! Patty is such a warm, generous person—and very very talented! Here are a few pics to share with ya’all! Thanks to Cyn, Mark Mitchell, and others for these wonderful photos. (And for those of you who did not get a copy of my handouts the link is here to Austin SCBWI 2013 Handout.)
Shutta & Patrice Barton
Greg & Cyn Leitich Smith
Fraternal Order of the Armadillistrators 2013 and the new R.A. of Austin
Shutta and E. B. Lewis
E. B. Lewis painting at Austin SCBWI
Neal Porter, Editor, Roaring Brook
First Pages Panel (Agents & Editors: Tamra Tuller, E. B. Lewis, Erzsi Deak, Rubin Pfeffer, John Cusick, Kathy Landwehr)
Carrie A. Pearson’s site hosts an article or interview dealing with mentors and mentorship every Monday. Today (March 12, 2012) she’s posted an interview with me (as an SCBWI mentor) and Tracy Bilen (mentoree–is there such a word?) whose teen novel What She Left Behind will be published by Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster later this year. YAY, Tracy! For me, it was a fun to read Tracy’s responses and then respond, myself. Take a look at Carrie’s site . . . click here: http://www.carriepearsonbooks.com/1/post/2012/03/mentor-monday-shutta-crum-and-tracy-bilen-an-scbwi-mi-mentorship-program-success-story.html