Michael Slack has lot of exciting events coming up on his schedule! This May 3rd he will be participating in a Pajama Party Storytime event at Books Inc. bookstore in Laurel Village, CA. Starting at six p.m., he will be reading from his new picture book, Turtle Tug to the Rescue, in which a heroic turtle/tugboat rescues his seagoing friends from a scary storm. To find out more about the event, check out this link. Starting May 5th, Michael will have an art exhibit entitled “We’re All Weirdos, We’re All Wonderful,” at Rotofugi Designer Toy Store and Gallery in Chicago. An opening reception will be held 7-10 pm, May 5th. The following day, Michael will read from his picture book series on rescue animals, including Monkey Truck, Elecopter, and Turtle Tug to the Rescue. He will also be available for book signings. The reading and signing will run from 1 to 2:30 pm. For more information, check out the event Facebook page here. If you’re in the area for any of these exciting events, we’d love to see you drop by!
It’s a busy week for Michael Slack! He has a new book out and he will be doing a book signing this weekend for Independent Bookstore Day. Michael’s newest book, Shorty and Clem, is available for purchase as of April 25th. This sweet picture book tells the story of the friendship between a blue quail and a short dinosaur. When Shorty ruins a package for Clem, he worries that he ruined their friendship too. And what was inside the mysterious package? Shorty and Clem can be purchased here. Independent Book Store Day, a holiday meant to celebrate the hard work of small bookstores everywhere, is this April 29th. In honor of this exciting day, Michael will be reading his two newest books, Shorty and Clem and Turtle Tug to the Rescue, at Napa Bookmine in California. He’ll be available for book signings afterward. If you’re in the area, he’d love it if you dropped by! More information about this event is available here.
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 here. Olga can be purchased here.
Geekwrapped, a website that recommends gifts for the geeks and science enthusiasts in your life, recently compiled a list of one hundred best science books for children. Five of our author and illustrator’s books were included on this list, including three written and illustrated by Gene Barretta! These books included… If…A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers, written by David J. Smith and illustrated by Steve Adams. If helps children understand complicated big ideas by comparing them to smaller, common objects. Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci, by Gene Barretta. This fun biography introduces children to the famous inventor who laid the groundwork for many of history’s great inventions. Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin, by Gene Barretta. Another biography, this one focuses on Ben Franklin and how he and his inventions shaped the modern world. The Worm by Elise Gravel. Part of her acclaimed Disgusting Critters series, The Worm is full of fun and gross details about this common creature. Geekwrapped calls it, “Really fun and educational.” Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives by Gene Barretta. The third in his series of biographies on inventors, this one shares the successes and failures of […]
Lucía the Luchadora has received a great review from the School Library Journal (SLJ). Lucía, written by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez, tells the story of a little girl who longs to be a superhero. When the boys at her school tell her that girls can’t be heroes, she feels defeated, but with the help of her grandmother and the Mexican tradition of luchadores, she learns to stand up for herself and others. The SLJ praised the energetic text and the feminist message of the story, writing, “The narrative encourages girls to trust their own strengths yet is never didactic.” They also praise Alyssa’s art, which they describe as, “Animated illustrations [that] capture the…vibrant main character.” In all, they conclude Lucía is, “A shining debut outing for author and illustrator, this endearing and humorous title is sure to put a bit of KA-POW into storytimes! A must-have.” The full review from the SLJ is available here. Lucía the Luchadora can be purchased online here.
The Children’s Book Review released a list of 25 Best New Picture Books for April. Included on this list was the picture book Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants, written by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Fabricio Vanden Broeck. This lovely book tells the story, based on facts, of an elephant herd searching for water in the midst of a drought and eventually finding it thanks to Grandma Elephant’s long memory. The Children’s Book Review’s full list can be found here. Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants can be purchased online here.