We have a bell on the wall in the office. It’s the good-news bell; whenever we get a starred review, an award, or a really big order, the bell is rung, the staff gathers around it, and the news is announced to the office.
Jason, as publisher, is the first to know when we get starred reviews: the relevant journal emails him the news. My first inkling comes when Jason sidles up to Hannah’s desk—right next to mine—and mutters something along the lines of, “Check your email. I forwarded something from Booklist.” After a pause long enough for the email to download and open, Hannah says, “oooh!” She then gets up and walks in the direction of the bell, Jason following surreptitiously two steps behind. That’s the point at which I know I’d better slip my feet into my shoes—I tend to kick them off under my desk—and get ready to gather around the bell for the good news.
Woot! GRACIAS • THANKS by Pat Mora is our second book this fall to get a starred review from Kirkus (a review journal certainly not known for dishing them out freely). Since it’s running later than our other fall titles, this is the first review we’ve gotten in, so we were all pretty excited this morning to read this:
Just got word that The East-West House, Christy Hale’s biography of Isamu Noguchi, earned a star from the not-easily-impressed Kirkus Reviews! Thanks, Kirkus!
The review says, “Hale’s striking illustrations and the book’s elegant look are an homage to the Japanese landscape.” Can’t resist posting two of my favorites:
And they like it!
A great review of I and I Bob Marley was written by John Martin on the Boys Read blog, plus some nice words from I and I Bob Marley illustrator, Jesse Joshua Watson.
You know you’re jealous of all the people who bought these awesome books — and you know what to do about that, don’t you?
June’s Top 10 Books on leeandlow.com
- I and I
I and I Bob Marley received a starred review from Booklist magazine. The review calls I and I “[A] rare, soulful tribute.”
Winner in the Grades 4-6 category:
Bird by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Shadra Strickland