Can a picture book author/illustrator write a chapter book? Of course. But can they write a good one? Peter Brown can. Since I first read The Curious Garden, I’ve been a fan of Peter Brown’s picture books. Now, I’m a fan of his first middle grade novel, The Wild Robot.
This book is a definite read aloud. Hopefully, MLs teacher will let me come to the class and book talk some books before summer. This will be on the list. I can’t wait to read “Have the nicest evening Pinktail. I shall look forward to the pleasure of encountering you again in the future. Soon, I hope. Farewell.” (page 68) The other quote that will be shared is when the animals are helping Roz with a garden. She thanked all the animals for their help. “I am not capable of defecating so your droppings are most appreciated.” (page 94)
It’s hard to find books for children who read on a higher grade level but aren’t emotionally ready for some of the themes explored in middle grade novels. I’m adding this book to my post titled First Graders Who Fly Through Magic Tree House Books I wrote after ML’s first grade teacher asked for recommendations.
I hope Peter Brown has another middle grade novel in the works. And some picture books. His talent for both types of books is phenomenal. Another book for my Mock Newbery 2017. So many good books are being published this year. I’m not sure I’ll be able to choose which one deserves the medal.