Speaking of treats, Jeanne Birdsall is joining me at the wonderful Children's Book World for the Official Flora Launch Party on Saturday, September 25th at 2 pm. Hope you can join us!
(An early sketch of Flora)
Reviews have been pretty glowing so far. Here are some clips:
As realistic as the mixed feelings it captures and as fanciful as a conversation with a rainbow, the first picture book by Birdsall, author of The Penderwicks (2005), blends homely and fantastic elements as naturally as a child at play... A fine picture book with a fierce, bold and (deep down) compassionate heroine.
- Booklist (STAR)
Phelan's illustrations are simply wonderful: His line floats and traces the air currents, his colors are subtle but strong and he captures Flora's multiple emotions and Crispin's silent toddlerness in every rosy-cheeked image. Emotionally true from cover to cover.
- Kirkus (STAR)
This gem of a book will resonate with older siblings everywhere.
- School Library Journal
...crisp and delightful...
- Publishers Weekly
And there's been some great reviews from the blogosphere including What We Read and What We Think and A Patchwork of Books!
Don't forget 9/25 at Children's Book World. Stop by and say hi to Jeanne and me!