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.
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.”
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 Catusanu. Noah 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.