Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books 2017 Includes Seven Books from Our Artists
November 29, 2017
The end of the year is approaching at last. That means it’s time for best books of the year lists! The latest one is from the Chicago Public Library, and their list of recommendations includes seven books from our Painted Words authors and illustrators!
Best Picture Books 2017:
Best Fiction for Younger Readers 2017:
Best Informational Books for Younger Readers 2017:
- The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Eizabeth Zunon
- Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey, written by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes and illustrated by Sue Cornelison
- The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Best Fiction for Older Readers 2017:
Best Informational Books for Older Readers 2017:
- One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance, written by Nikki Grimes and with illustrations contributed by Shadra Strickland, Frank Morrison, and Liz Zunon
Congratulations to all our talented authors and artists! The CPL’s full list of recommended books from 2017 is available here.
The NYPL’s List of Best Books for Kids 2017 Includes Five Books From Our Artists/Authors
November 21, 2017
The New York Public Library recently released a selection of their favorite kids books of the year. They call every book on this list “outstanding.” Five of the books included on their extensive list were written or illustrated by one of Painted Words’s authors or artists!
- If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Jaime Kim
- Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Mircea Catusanu
- Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere by Elise Gravel
- One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance written by Nikki Grimes with illustration contributed by Shadra Strickland, Frank Morrison, and Liz Zunon
- Thunder Underground by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Josée Masse
Congratulations to all our talented artists! Check out the full list of the NYPL’s recommended books here.
The NYPL’s Recommended List of Middle Grade Fiction Includes Elise Gravel’s Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere
April 25, 2017
The New York Public Library recently released a list of new middle grade fiction that they recommend to young readers. As they write, middle grade fiction is an exciting field these days, with lots of amazing new work being published. Elise Gravel‘s illustrated middle grade novel, Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere is included in this list. A humorous story that tells of a young scientist’s encounter with a mysterious – and stinky – new creature, the NYPL describes Olga as “Cartoony, funny, offbeat.”
Praise for Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere, by Elise Gravel, from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
February 6, 2017
Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere by Elise Gravel is the humorous story of Olga, an aspiring naturalist, and her discovery of a mysterious, possibly brand new creatures she names Meh. Olga has always liked people more than humans, but she may need help to take care of her strange new friend, particularly when Meh goes missing!
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books wrote a review of Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere in their February 2017 issue. They praised the adorable, expressive characters of Olga and Meh, as well as the story’s humor. They write, “The style here will be an apt readalike for fans of Wimpy Kid, and Gravel deploys spot art, larger illustrations, word balloons, and chunks of text with great success in the layout.” In the end, they conclude that Olga is, “an obvious sell to fans of animals, but it will also hit a humorous note with anybody who has felt a little left behind by these things we call humans.”
You can read the full review in the Bulletin’s February 2017 issue. Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere is coming out in March and can be pre-ordered online here.
Great Advance Review of Elise Gravel’s Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere From Booklist
January 3rd, 2017
Elise Gravel‘s newest book, Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere, tells the story of an aspiring scientist, Olga, who loves animal and longs to be a zoologist. One day she discovers a mysterious, smelly creature and sets out to discover whether it’s an entirely new, undiscovered animal species. This hilarious book comes out in March of this year, and it already has a great advance review from Booklist! Booklist praises Elise’s, “hilarious comics-style illustrations,” and the equally funny dialogue and narration, which often takes the form of scientific observations. Booklist writes that, “This laugh-out-loud book is a perfect pick for transitioning readers with a penchant for silly stories.”
Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere comes out in the spring, but for those who can’t wait, you can pre-order it online here.