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The Weaver - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

It's Friday already. What a strange start to Spring we've had this year. The recent blustery, windy days were perfect for reading this week's #PPBF choice of a spider at the mercy of the weather. While this book is about nature and spiders, it also struck a chord with my military childhood. When you move around a lot, "home" can tend to be identified by "where your things are." Not necessarily a particular structure or town. While this can build a type of resilience to moving and change, when a treasure is lost or destroyed, it can feel as earth shattering as someone else losing their physical home. As an evaluation of uniqueness, loss, and resilience, this book about a small black spider ha

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Qian Shi

I can unabashedly state that I do not generally like spiders. However, I have been known to admire their webs - IN the garden & from a distance. However, I have to admit that when I saw Stanley on the cover, I fell in love with him and his artist. So, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce you all to an amazing debut picture book author/illustrator from "across the pond." Qian ("Chen") Shi grew up in Shijiazhuang, a northern city in China. She has always been drawn to stories and loved making pictures. Her short animation Shoe won several international animation film awards and her commercial clients includes Cow & Gate, Walt Disney Pictures, Facebook, Google, and Volvo. She now lives with

Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn't Blend In - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Yeah it's Friday! Time for lots of Perfect Picture Books. After visiting with Barbara DiLorenzo on Monday (here), I've been counting the days until I could share this beautiful treasure with you. One of my favorite sayings is "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken" by Oscar Wilde. Sometimes, it's tough to live up to the expectations of society, friends, and family. Let alone those we put on ourselves. It's fun to find a book which encourages everyone to be true to themselves, do what makes them happy, and share their amazing individual gifts and abilities with the world. Once again, art saves the day. Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn't Blend In Author/Illustrator: Barbara DiLornezo Pub

The Picture Book Buzz - Interview with Barbara DiLorenzo

Today, I get to offer you a treat! Returning for a second interview, to celebrate the release of her newest book, Barbara DiLorenzo candidly compares her experiences in creating, publishing, and promoting her first two picture books. For some basic information on Barbara, see our earlier interview (here). Welcome back Barbara! So excited that your second picture book Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend In releases tomorrow (April 2nd)! Happy Book Birthday! ! ME: How did the process of creating and publishing Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn't Blend In differ from that of Renato and the Lion? BARBARA: Quincy and Renato and the Lion were both in development off and on over the same set of

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