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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOUSELING’S WORDS!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOUSELING’S WORDS!

 

Available today, 12/5/2017!!

Welcome to Mouseling’s Words–my newest little one! An auto-mouse-ography of being raised with the love of words.

 

For every lover of books, language and swashbuckling! Illustrated by the talented Ryan O’Rourke. (Check out his other books.)

 

Booklist says: “This earnest and encouraging title fits on the shelf of books for book- lovers . . .”

 

Publishers Weekly says:  “. . . a tribute to the way books can unite even the unlikeliest of friends.”

 

Kirkus Reviews says:  “The tale is well-paced with just the right amount of gentle adventure to appeal to young humans discovering the world of words and books for themselves. Encouraging, lovely words. “

 

Go out! Get it, and read it to your children and students today! Then, ask them what favorite words did you find today? (A good question for the end of class everyday, or before bedtime every evening!)

 

Celebrating!!

Shutta

 

First Review in for MOUSELING’S WORDS!

First Review in for MOUSELING’S WORDS!

The first review of MOUSELING’S WORDS came out from Kirkus, and it’s a great one! (Already! The book won’t be published until Dec. 5. But you can preorder now.) A snippet here: “The tale is well-paced with just the right amount of gentle adventure to appeal to young humans discovering the world of words and books for themselves. Encouraging, lovely words.”

 

Woo-hoo!!!

 

Also, I love the descriptive text the publisher has included:

 

“In this lively introduction to the pleasure of words, a timid young mouse’s first trip out of the nest becomes a reading adventure. Mouseling has grown up surrounded by words, scraps of paper torn from menus. Once he leaves the nest, he decides that discovering words is his mission in life and finds more words than he can count, spelling and sounding them out, thrilled by each one. The library offers a treasure trove of words, also danger: a cat. When Mouseling realizes that the cat would rather know what’s in the books than eat him for dinner, he starts reading aloud to the cat–the best gift he can give in exchange for the world of stories.”

 

Can’t wait for it to get here–December 5–just in time for holiday gift-giving.

 

Cheers!

Shutta

Dozens of Cousins Cover Reveal!

Dozens of Cousins Cover Reveal!

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I’m so excited to be able to show you the cover of my next book–due out in the summer of 2013 and illustrated by David Catrow. WOW!  I absolutely love his energetic children . . . an accurate reflection of me and my cousins and our “monsterousness” as children.  (And wait until you see the wonderful, funny artwork inside!)

Clarion, 2013.

Dozens of Cousins cover by David Catrow

Dozens of Cousins cover by David Catrow

And oh how I LOVE the flap text the editors wrote:  Esp.:  “A lively, lyrical celebration of the sweet, sweet abandon of running amok among those who love you best.”

 

Here it is in full:

“We are wild and fierce. We do not wait for invitations.” It’s time for the annual family reunion, and the dozens of cousins are running wild like beasties. Like hungry ogres! They hug fluttering aunts and soft-spoken elders, play in the creek, shimmy up trees, take “double-dog dares,” and devour “the sweet juiciness of the world” along with hot dogs and watermelon. Hilarious side stories unfold in Catrow’s fantastically colorful, chaotic spreads that gambol and splash with comical caricatures of grinning kinfolk large and small. A lively, lyrical celebration of the sweet, sweet abandon of running amok among those who love you best.”

(It’s now available online for pre-ordering.)

Happy Dancing!

Shutta