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More Picture Book Love and Miscellany

Whoever named the crucial final page turn in a picture book “the mother of all page turns” must have had Kevin Sherry’s I’m The Biggest Thing In The Ocean in mind (Dial, 2007). Oh my. It’s a doosie. If you haven’t read this book, please do. It’s hilarious, and the voice is perfectly kid-like. I won’t ruin it for you, but let me leave you with this thought: I’m the biggest thing on this blog. 🙂

In other news, I got word recently that Humpty Dumpty will publish a poem of mine in their 2010 March/April issue! Woo hoo! Thanks, Terry!

And…I am overjoyed to say that I am in critique groups with three, count ’em, three debut picture book authors whose books are recently out or are coming out within the next few months. Stay tuned for author interviews, but for now, here they are…

What Do You See? by Judith Snyder (Odyssey)
This Tree Counts by Alison Formento (Albert Whitman)
The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend by Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald (Houghton Mifflin)


8 Responses to “More Picture Book Love and Miscellany”

  1. Thanks for the mention, Jody! It's wonderful to see that my book THIS TREE COUNTS! is in such good company. I look forward to read your poem, too.

  2. jodyjs says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Alison. Can't wait to hear more about your journey to publication.

  3. G.R. LeBlanc says:

    How wonderful for your critique group members! Sending out a huge congratulations to all of them! That is really exciting!

    And Jody, the Humpty Dumpty acceptance–is that one you mentioned to us already? I have a hard time keeping things straight…lol.

    If it isn't one you mentioned already, CONGRATS!!!!! And if you did already mention it, well, CONGRATS again!!! 😉

  4. WordWrangler says:

    Congratulations on the publication news!! YAYAY!!

    And I LOVE, LOVE "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean!" I was at a SCBWI conference in NC a few years ago and an editor was sharing the book with us. She was sharing how books can have very little (if any!) words and be carried by the pics.

    Having a great crit group is a blessing. I am a member of TWO groups, myself. Both equally wonderful. ONe of my crit buddies, Tameka Brown, has a book coming out in 2010 with Abrams Books for Young Readers. VERY exciting! nd Niki Schoenfeldt (another crit partner) has a PB, Nature's Lullaby, that came out last year.

    YAY for publication and YAY for crit partners!!


  5. jodyjs says:

    Thanks, Gisele! Is that a picture of a spider cake? 🙂

  6. jodyjs says:

    Donna, I think we better stick close to our crit partners…see if some of their good mojo will rub off!

  7. Deb says:

    Congrats on Humpty Dumpty, Jody!! And huge congrats to your crit group members, too. Looking forward to your interviews with Allison and Judith!

    Thanks for the book recommend, will for check it out.

  8. jodyjs says:

    Thanks, Deb! They're all sure to be hits!

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