The New York Times Book Review included Elizabeth Zunon’s debut author-illustrated picture book, Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate from Farm to Family, in its roundup of “Picture Books to Perk Up Any Kid’s Summer.” Children’s book critic Maria Russo writes, “Zunon, who based the story on her own childhood, uses a winsome blend of paint, collage and ghostly screen-printed figures that represent the faraway Grandpa Cacao — who appears in a buoyant surprise ending, just as the cake is ready.” Get your copy here.
In “Back-to-School Picture Books to Brighten Any Kid’s First Day,” children’s book critic Maria Russo features a list of wonderful new titles to usher in the school year. Among them are The King of Kindergarten, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, and Nugget & Fang Go to School, illustrated by Michael Slack. Of The King of Kindergarten she writes, “This is a king whose power comes from self-respect and kindness toward all the members of his diverse classroom, and it doesn’t hurt that Brantley-Newton makes him and his classmates drop-dead adorable.” Russo commends the Nugget & Fang sequel, writing, “Sauer (“Quiet Wyatt”) and Slack (“Shorty and Clem”) keep up the laughs, and the reassurance.” Buy your copies of Nugget & Fang Go to School here and The King of Kindergarten here.
Once Upon a Goat illustrated by Eric Barclay has received two glowing reviews from Booklist and Kirkus Reviews! Coming out August 27th this story is about a royal family wishing for a kid. When the Queen and King tell their fairy godmother that anything will do, they end up with quite a surprising bundle of joy – a goat! Booklist says “Barclay uses composition effectively to frame the story and draw attention to certain elements. And Kirkus says “the austere lines of the palace contrast amusingly with the chaos brought by the goat child.” Pre-order a copy here! Read the Booklist review here Read the Kirkus review here
Nugget and Fang are back! Nugget and Fang Go To School illustrated by Michael Slack is out now and has received praise from Kirkus. The book takes a journey through Nugget and Fang’s first day of school and the obstacles and anxiety Fang faces. Kirkus says the illustrations are “bright and colorful” and “Slack deftly portrays Fang’s every emotion”. “Readers will no doubt feel empathetic” for the relatable struggles Fang deals with. Kids will definitely love this Fang-tastic book! Get your copy here Read the full review here
Joanie Stone’s debut illustrated picture book, Me and the Sky, (out September 10th!) has already received excellent reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. This biography on Beverly Bass, the first female co-pilot of American Airlines and the inspiration for the character in the Broadway musical Come From Away, is a story of determination and passion. Kirkus says Stone’s “retro, cartoonish illustrations…evoke spirited enthusiasm” and her art is inspiring and well done because it “embraces people of color as well as of various ages”. And with Booklist calling her drawings “bright and optimistic” this book is sure to elevate anyone’s spirit! Pre-order the book today! Read the full Booklist Review here Read the full Kirkus Review here
On Saturday June 29 from 1-3pm, Elizabeth Zunon will be in The Cocobar in Schenectady, NY for a Chocolate Party to promote her new book, Grandpa Cacao. It will be a story-time and feast of chocolate treats, where you can also buy copies of her book. The Chocolate Party is the latest in a month of fantastic events celebrating the release of Grandpa Cacao! Pick up your own copy here