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!)
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.)
Creating a lively narrative voice is difficult. It’s good to have examples that we can learn from.
So I was interested to note that a couple of weeks ago Publishers Weekly posted an article by author Antoine Wilson listing his top ten picks for best narrators. (Reliable or unreliable.) Two on his list were Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield. Most of his listed narrators appear in books for adults. Naturally, it made me think about narrators in books for kids.
I have a few favorites—what about Christopher of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME? Or Joey Pigza of JOEY PIGZA LOSES CONTROL? Or Mary Katherine “Merricat” Blackwood of WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE? Or Primrose Squarp of EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE? Or Death in THE BOOK THIEF? Or Alexander T. Wolf of THE TRUE STORY OF THE 3 LITTLE PIGS?
Let me know your favorite top 3 or 4 narrators—max. (Remember, these are not necessarily main characters!) I’ll try to compile a list of strong/interesting narrators of books written for children. (All ages—baby to young adult.) Please limit your choices! We want thoughtful responses.
So let’s say you have about a month. Somewhere around the end of November, 2012, I’ll post the top repeat winners. It will be fun to see who we come up with! Please spread the word to fellow writers, readers, librarians, teachers, booksellers and others by reposting, tweeting and putting up on your Facebook/web page.
I’ll even sweeten the deal! I’ll keep track of all responders, and at the end of the period I’ll randomly draw the name of a responder. That person will win a free copy of one of my books, autographed.
Leave your nominations for great narrators in the comments field below…
I’ll be on a panel sharing my experiences about getting my work published for children and teens at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center, Room 310A. There’ll also be time for questions from the audience. From 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 17.
Also on the panel will be Brynne Barnes, author of “Colors of Me,” who has a master’s in creative writing from EMU; Laura Handy (pen name Laura Ellen), author of “Blind Spot,” who has a master’s in children’s literature from EMU; and Shaun Williams, author of “Sea Beds,” who has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from EMU.
The event is free and open to the public. Nicola’s Books will provide books for those interested in purchasing books and having them signed.
For more information, contact Christine Hume at email@example.com or Annette Wannamaker at firstname.lastname@example.org. EMU’s Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/OP4JSZ .
See you there!