Growing up one of my favorite books was a Charlie Brown story about happiness called, Happiness is a Warm Puppy. Every page started, "Happiness is..." and finished with a metaphor. "Happiness is a thumb and a blanket," and Linus would appear cuddling his blanket on the facing page. I must have read that simple book a thousand times, and then would think, "What's my happiness?" The summer breeze coming in my window, or a perfect winter snow angel?
Well, today my happiness came in the form of an email from my editor at Atheneum Books! The amazingly wonderful (and wonderfully amazing) Reka Simonsen shared a link to my FIRST EVER REVIEW! And it held no rotten tomatoes, only praise. And even better, it was...
A Starred Review from Publishers' Weekly!
Seriously?!? A starred review! PW was the first - back in the 1970s - to use starred reviews to "indicate books of exceptional merit" (so says Wikipedia), and my first book, Halloween Good Night, now has one! The review itself has warm-fuzzy-making phrases like,
Grabill makes an oft-adapted rhyme feel utterly fresh, thanks to some excellent vocabulary choices and the funny exchanges between monsters young and old.
And of course praise for Ella's "cuddle worthy" artwork, closing with, "the book captures the mischievous fun of Halloween, without the accompanying terror."
Read the entire Publishers' Weekly review for Halloween Good Night here.
I could almost die from the cuteness of these finger puppets! To think, an adorable zombie? A cute-as-a-button vampire? All the creatures in my book, Halloween Good Night, in finger-puppet form. Perfect craft and plaything for preschoolers!
What, you may ask, is a Globster? Well, one might say it's a mythical sea monster, a relative of the classic horror beast, The Blob. Or, if you're familiar with the amazing picture book Halloween Good Night, you'll learn that a Globster is: epically cute, squishably cuddly, not the slightest big frightening, and every preschooler's new must-have bedtime friend!
I was in a rush, running up north to pick up our farm share, running back to get dinner made before karate. And all day I'd been checking for updates on a delivery...
Today my happiness came in the form of an email from my editor at Atheneum Books. My first review for Halloween Good Night from Publishers' Weekly. Seriously?!? A starred review!
Coloring pages in time for Halloween reading, crafts, and fun!
The book trailer trend peaked around 2014 and most publishers don't do them anymore, but now that my first book is just about to be released, I couldn't help myself. Who wouldn't want an adorable audio-visual treat featuring their very own book?
The very first copies of Halloween Good Night!!
I am so full of exclamation points! See, just this morning I was showing Maggie the cover art pdf. She, always attentive, noticed the little square on the back cover where the bar code will go. "What's that?"
I have a book cover, people! For my first-ever-to-be-published picture book, Halloween Good Night! Illustrated by the incredible Ella Okstad! Due out from Atheneum Books for Young Readers (a division of S&S) July, 2017! And the cover? IS FREAKING ADORABLE!!!!