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Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, Illustrated by Mircea Catusanu and Written by Tracy Nelson Maurer

02 Feb 2017

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!

Congratulations to all our talented artists! Check out the full list of the NYPL’s recommended books here.

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, Illus. by Mircea Catusanu, On Scholastic’s 50 Brilliant Books for Summer

May 18, 2017

Summer is here, which means plenty of time for reading! Scholastic recently released a list of 50 Brilliant Books for Summer for children to read. Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, written by Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Mircea Catusanu, was included in this list under the non-fiction category. Noah is the true story of a little known founding father who compiled the first American English dictionary. Scholastic describes Noah as an “eye-catchingly illustrated biography.”

Scholastic full list of recommendations can be found hereNoah Webster’s Fighting Words can be purchased online here.

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly for Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, Illus. by Mircea Catusanu

March 6, 2017

Publishers Weekly wrote a starred review for Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, an upcoming picture book written by Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Mircea Catusanu. Noah Webster tells the life story of the creator of the first American English dictionary. Publishers Weekly praises its humorous tone, calling it, “a boisterous account of a singular contributor to America’s linguistic legacy.” They also praise Mircea’s illustrations, writing, “Catusanu…creates lively, patchwork scenes that incorporate samples from prints, newspapers, books, and Webster’s own letters.”

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words will be released April 1st. You can pre-order it online here.

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, Illus. by Mircea Catusanu, Receives a Starred Review from SLJ

February 2, 2017

The School Library Journal wrote a starred review of upcoming picture book, Noah Webster’s Fighting Words, written by Tracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Mircea CatusanuNoah Webster’s Fighting Words is a humorous biography of American icon Noah Webster, who compiled the first dictionary of English as spoken in America. The SLJ praised the “wonderfully clever and humorous depiction of Noah Webster,” and call the picture book, “engaging and amusing.” They praised Mircea’s illustrations as being an integral part of the book’s charm, writing, “The second element that makes the title so delightful is the collaged illustrations, which incorporate archival images and excerpts from primary documents in a visually appealing, lighthearted way.”

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words comes out in April of 2017. You can pre-order it online here.