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CBC’s Hot Off the Press Includes Books from Liz Zunon, Gene Barretta, Frank Morrison, and Vanessa B Newton

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The Children’s Book Council published a list of books it calls “Hot Off the Press,” a collection recently released and forthcoming picture books that they anticipate becoming bestsellers, and four of our authors/illustrators had books included on this list!

In the Featured Books section is forthcoming The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz ZunonThe Legendary Miss Lena Horne tells the story of pioneering actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. The picture book will be published later this month and can be pre-ordered online here.

In the More Titles section is The Youngest Marcher, written by Cynthia Levinson and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley NewtonThe Youngest Marcher is based on the true story of Audrey Faye, the youngest marcher to be arrested in the Birmingham civil rights protests. It comes out later this month and can be ordered online here.

Also included in this section is Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank MorrisonMuhammad Ali is the story of how the famous heavyweight boxer first got his start in boxing. This picture book was released today! It can be ordered online here.

Make sure to keep an eye on these books to see if the CBC’s predictions are right!

Amazing Review from New York Journal of Books of Gene Barretta and Frank Morrison’s Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born

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Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrison, is out today! This new picture book tells the story of the heavyweight champion’s childhood and how he first began to box.

The New York Journal of Books wrote an amazing review of Muhammad Ali, praising the story, illustrations, and interesting depiction of Ali before he began his career. They call the picture book, “lovely beyond words,” and praise Gene’s writing as “fast-paced, realistic, and touching on an elemental level.” Of Frank’s illustrations, they write, “Award-winning artist Frank Morrison handles the illustrations with dignity and flare…Morrison captures the very essence of what made Cassius ‘Ali.'”

To read the whole review, follow this link to their site.  You can order Muhammad Ali online here.

Advance Review of Thunder Underground, Illus. by Josée Masse, from Booklist

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Forthcoming picture book, Thunder Underground, is a collection of poems written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Josée Masse detailing the various activities and objects that exist underground, ranging from buried treasure to burrowing creatures to the subway. Booklist recently wrote a great advance review of the picture book. They describe Thunder Underground as a “thoughtful collection” and praised Yolen’s “vivid” poems. They wrote of Josée’s illustrations that, “Masse’s drawings of a boy and girl tell stories on their own…The warm, naturalistic illustrations of underground scenes and cutaways often contain an element of charming whimsy.”

Thunder Underground comes out in March of 2017. You can order it online here.

Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere by Elise Gravel

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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.”

The NYPL’s full list of recommendations can be found on their website hereOlga can be purchased here.

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.

Great Advance Review of Elise Gravel’s Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere From Booklist

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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.

Echo Echo and The Opposite Zoo Receive Honorable Mentions on Huffington Post’s Best Picture Books of 2016

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As 2016 comes to a close, it’s time for Best Books of the Year lists! Huffington Post recently published their list of the Best Picture Books of 2016, including two of our author/illustrators as honorable mentions. In the Best Concept Book Category, Il Sung Na‘s The Opposite Zoo, which illustrated the concept of opposites through the medium of a zoo at night, was included as an honorable mention. In the Best Poetry category was Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths, written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josée Masse, which retold Greek myths through a unique poetic form. Congratulations, Il Sung and Josée!

The Huffington Post’s full article can be read hereThe Opposite Zoo can be purchased online here and Echo Echo can be purchased here.

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Waiting for Pumpsie, Written by Barry Wittenstein and Illustrated by London Ladd

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Starred Review from Kirkus for Waiting for Pumpsie, Illus. by London Ladd

March 6th, 2017

Waiting for Pumpsie, the recently released picture book written by Barry Wittenstein and illustrated by London Ladd, tells the story of a young Boston Red Sox fan in the 1950s who earnestly waits for the Red Sox to racially integrate. They were the last major league baseball team in the United States to do so, but with the arrival of promising new player Pumpsie Green, the time has finally come.

Kirkus gave Pumpsie a starred review! They praised the historically accurate portrayal of 1950s Boston and baseball and the “earnest, joyous voice” of the narrator. They wrote of the illustrations, “Ladd’s wonderfully detailed acrylic-and–colored pencil illustrations powerfully and beautifully complement and enhance the events.” They conclude that Waiting for Pumpsie is, “innocent, aware, and endlessly hopeful and will win readers hearts. A grand slam.”

Kirkus’s full review is available on their site here. You can purchase Waiting for Pumpsie online here.

New Review for Waiting for Pumpsie, Illus. by London Ladd

February 21, 2017

Waiting for Pumpsie, written by Barry Wittenstein and illustrated by London Ladd, is available for purchase as of today! The picture book tells the story of a young boy, Bernard, living in Boston in the 1950s, and his dream that the Boston Red Sox will draft an African American player. Twelve years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, the Red Sox at last added Pumpsie Green to their team, making them the last major league team to integrate.

Just in time for the book’s release, a new review of Waiting for Pumpsie is available from the Fenway News newspaper. The Fenway News praises the book’s portrayal of an important civil rights event and its ode to baseball in the 50s. They write, “The book is half-criticism, half-ode. London Ladd’s illustrations Fenway as it was in the 1950s.”

You can order Waiting for Pumpsie online here.

Waiting for Pumpsie, Illus. by London Ladd, Reviewed by Publishers Weekly

December 14, 2016

Coming out in February 2017, Waiting for Pumpsie, written by Barry Wittenstein and illustrated by London Ladd, is the story of an African American boy in the 1950s who longs for his favorite team, the Red Sox, to add an African American player to their team at least. Promising minor league player Pumpsie Green seems like his greatest hope.

Publishers Weekly recently reviewed this upcoming picture book. They praise the book for both accurately portraying racism and including moments of hope and triumph, writing that, “Although Wittenstein and Ladd never sugarcoat instances of racial prejudice, the story’s moments of triumph sound the loudest notes.” They also praise, “Ladd’s…expressive, dramatically framed acrylics.”

The full review can be found online hereWaiting for Pumpsie can be preordered online here.

Waiting for Pumpsie, Illus. by London Ladd, Reviewed by Publishers Weekly

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waiting-for-pumpsieComing out in February 2017, Waiting for Pumpsie, written by Barry Wittenstein and illustrated by London Ladd, is the story of an African American boy in the 1950s who longs for his favorite team, the Red Sox, to add an African American player to their team at least. Promising minor league player Pumpsie Green seems like his greatest hope.

Publishers Weekly recently reviewed this upcoming picture book. They praise the book for both accurately portraying racism and including moments of hope and triumph, writing that, “Although Wittenstein and Ladd never sugarcoat instances of racial prejudice, the story’s moments of triumph sound the loudest notes.” They also praise, “Ladd’s…expressive, dramatically framed acrylics.”

The full review can be found online hereWaiting for Pumpsie can be preordered online here.

Early Praise for Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and Illus. by Frank Morrison

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muhammadMuhammad Ali: A Champion is Born, written by Gene Barretta and illustrated by Frank Morrisontells the story of how a young Muhammad Ali – then called Cassius Clay – got his start in boxing when he began working out after his bike was stolen. It comes out this January, but is already receiving praise from Publishers Weekly. They compliment the extensive historical information included by Ali and write that, “Working in acrylic, Morrison…creates visceral, dynamic action shots.”

The full review can be read hereMuhammad Ali can be pre-ordered online here.

More Praise for The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, Illus. by Liz Zunon

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lenaThe Legendary Miss Lena Horne, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Liz Zunon, isn’t coming out until early 2017, but it’s already receiving a lot of buzz, and here’s another great new review from Publishers Weekly!

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne tells the true story of groundbreaking actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. Publishers Weekly praised it for its use of source material and its portrayal of Horne’s struggles, and write that, “Zunon’s warm-hued, multi-textured oil-and-collage images emphasize the determination of a woman who found her voice on stage as singer, actor, and activist.”

The full review can be found hereMiss Lena Horne can be pre-ordered online here.