In Memory of my Grandma – Irene’s Wish

Irenes Wish

ML and I read Irene’s Wish by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by A G Ford this past October.  We both loved it.  I decided to wait for a special day to share the book.  That day has arrived.  My grandma, named Irene, was born 105 years ago.

In this story “A young girl wants her father to be home more, but her wish takes an unexpected turn.”  Reading this book reminded me of the advice my grandma often told my dad, “Stop and smell the roses.”  In my bedroom, there is a framed picture of grandma and myself (at age 2) in front of her roses.

I wish ML could have met her.  She was amazing.  Going to work at the shirt factory to pay off the farm when my grandfather died suddenly in his fifties. . . taking care of her cows. . . waking to her singing hymns and the smell of bacon frying anytime I spent the night. . . driving her John Deere riding lawn mower into her late eighties.

The dazzling acrylic and oil paints used in this book remind me of the brightness of her little yellow house and the crisp green of the fields, vegetable garden, fig tree, pecan tree, dahlias, irises and roses surrounding her house.  A few years ago, I dug up some of her irises and moved them to my home two states away.  Below is a picture of the first bloom from last spring.





Superb Job by 2015 Caldecott Committee


ML and her friend, were elated to learn The Adventures of Beekle won the Caldecott medal; and The Noisy Paint box earned was chosen as a Honor book.

Pleased doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings about this year’s choices by the Caldecott Committee.  I love it when the books chosen are favorites of children too.  It doesn’t always happen.  Below are my thoughts on the winner and honor books.


“The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated by Dan Santat – I’m ecstatic!  There’s no doubt in my mind Beekle will be a classic in the cannon of children’s literature.  I reread the post I wrote about Beekle on June 3rd.  It reinforces how much this book deserved the medal.

Six Caldecott Honor Books also were named:

Nana in City

“Nana in the City,” illustrated by Lauren Castillo – I haven’t seen a hard copy of this book, yet.  However, I love all of Lauren’s Castillo books; so I know it’s deserving of the honor.  I’ve been assured it is being ordered.

Noisy Paint Box

“The Noisy Paint Box: The  Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art,” illustrated by Mary GrandPré and written by Barb Rosenstock – ML is an expert on picture books.  This book was her “Favorite Nonfiction Book of 2014” and her choice for the Caldecott Medal. ML’s Christmas gift from me was this book.  Her face was filled with glee when she opened the present.

Sam and Dave

“Sam & Dave Dig a Hole,” illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett – Of the books I’ve seen this was my least favorite.  ML judged the book by the cover and put it in the return pile before we ever read it.  I’ve requested it so we can take another look.

Viva Frida

“Viva Frida,” written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales – I can’t believe I didn’t share a post last year highlighting this book.  ML loved the inventive, exquisite, mixed media illustrations.

The Right Word

“The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,” illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant – I’m thrilled this title was selected.  overjoyed, elated, delighted, exultant, jubilant are a few of the words I used to describe this book on October 3rd.

My Caldecott Awards & Where I Plan to Be In 2017



I wanted to make it to Chicago this year to attend the awards ceremony for the Caldecott Medal; but my budget didn’t allow it.  Next year, the Caldecott award will be announced in Boston.  Closer. . . but probably not in my budget.  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I will be there in 2017.  Where?  Atlanta. . .a six hour drive, a free place to stay and the chance to visit my family.

It wasn’t easy for me to choose a winner this year.  Many worthy books were published in 2014.

My Choice – Caldecott 2015 Medal 
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

My Choices – Caldecott Honor Books
Telephone by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jen Corace
The Farmer and The Clown by Marla Frazee
The Adventures of Beekle:  An UnImaginary Friend by Dan Santat



2015 Caldecott Winners… According to ML and Calvin

BeekleNoisy Paint Box

Last year, ML and Calvin chose winners for their 2014 Mock Caldecott in record speed.  This year, they delved a little deeper.  However, once again they couldn’t reach a consensus.

Today, I gave them a stack of books for their 2015 Mock Caldecott.  I asked both of them to individually chose five favorites.  Then, I encouraged them to reach a consensus on five books to go to the next round.  They did it.  Friends since the age of two, I love watching them grow and mature together.  After whittling the list to five, they had a thoughtful and respectful discussion on which book should win.  They weren’t in agreement.  If I pushed it, they might have reached a consensus.  I decided to save it for next year.

Calvin’s Winner
The Adventures of Beekle: The UnImaginary Friend  by Dan Santat

Mary Louise’s Winner
The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock and Mary Grandpre

Honor Books
The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo
Where’s Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio and Illustrated by Barbara McClintock
Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

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Away We Go! by Migy

Away We Go

Away We Go! by Migy (AKA Miguel Ornia-Blanco) – “Mr. Fox is going to the moon! Away he goes in his hot air balloon. . . . But wait! Can Elephant come too? Sure! Let’s bring along some pizza. What about Giraffe? And Squirrel? Everyone is welcome in Mr. Fox’s balloon, but look out—will everyone fit?” (From Macmillan Publisher’s website)

Why should you read this book?
While vacationing at Great Wolf Lodge, I read this book to ML, my niece and my nephew.  They insisted I read it again.  My nephew enjoyed it as much as the indoor water slides.  He loved them, especially the River Canyon Run.

The illustrations in this book are unique and engrossing.  If the author was eligible for the Caldecott Award, this book would be on our Mock Caldecott list.  Unfortunately, you must live in the United States to win.  He’s one of England’s extremely talented picture book artists.

Wintry Weather

OutsideSnowmans StoryFirst SnowBlizzardThe Reader

Last year we were inundated with 2 hour delays, 2 hour early releases, and school cancelled due to weather.  Today, was our first brush with winter weather for 2015.  (No snow.  Icy roads and trees.)  This delay wasn’t anxiety producing like it usually is for me.  We learned of the delay early last evening.  I don’t work until noon on Wednesdays.  So ML and I slept late, ate a leisurely breakfast and enjoyed each other’s company.

Below are picture books about wintry weather published in the past year.  Except, The Reader, published in 2012.  I discovered it this summer and have been waiting for the first wintry mix to share it with you.

Outside by Deirdre Gill – “In this gentle picture book fantasy, a child’s world transforms through his hard work, imagination, and persistence when he opens the door and steps outside, into to the brave new world of his imagination.”

Snowman’s Story by Will Hillenbrand – “One wintry day, a hat lands on the head of a newly made snowman and brings him to life. Hiding inside the hat is a rabbit, who listens to the snowman read a story to some animal friends. When the snowman falls asleep, the rabbit hops away with the book. But the snowman isn’t about to let his story—or the mischievous rabbit—get away. The chase is on!”

First Snow by Peter McCarty – “It’s a day of firsts for Pedro . . . First snowfall. First snow angel. First taste of a snowflake. First sled run. First snowball fight!”

Blizzard by John Rocco – “Blizzard is based on John Rocco’s childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought 53 inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island.”

The Reader by Amy Hest and illustrated by Lauren Castillo – In this timeless picture book, a new reader trudges through deep snow with a mysterious suitcase in tow. He has something important to share with his faithful companion, who bolts ahead to wait at the top of a tall hill. Our small hero climbs higher and higher, until finally, he is there, too. Then he opens his suitcase—click, click—and soon the only sound in the world is the sound of the reader reading their very favorite book to the very last page…the very last word.”

Two Books, One Illustrator

Smallest GirlLast Stop on Market Street

Recently, I brought home two books illustrated by the same author.  I didn’t even realize it until we finished the second book.  ML is becoming an expert in determining the mediums used for picture books.   She nailed it for both these books.  The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade uses color pencils.   Last Stop on Market Street uses a combination of acrylic paint and collage.

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts and illustrated by Christian Robinson – “Hardly anyone noticed young Sally McCabe.  She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade.  But Sally notices everything—from the twenty-seven keys on the janitor’s ring to the bullying happening on the playground. One day, Sally has had enough and decides to make herself heard. And when she takes a chance and stands up to the bullies, she finds that one small girl can make a big difference.”  (From Penguin’s website)

Last Stop on Market Street words by Matt De La Pena and pictures by Christian Robinson – “Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.” (From Penguin’s website)

Why should you read these books?
Both stories are sweet; but not sappy.  They show even the littlest people can make a huge difference.

I’m embarrassed to admit, ML thought the Grandma and boy’s last stop was for a cookout.  The concept of a soup kitchen is foreign to her.  Luckily, there is a local Food Bank which has special days for children to volunteer packing food for families.  I’m calling today to find out more details.

My Bus


My Bus by Byron Barton“A lively celebration of vehicles and transportation, occupations, pets, and basic math concepts. The busy bus driver in Byron Barton’s preschool tour-de-force has a job to do. He drives his bus along his route, picks up the cat and dog passengers waiting at the bus stops, and delivers them to their destinations—which in this case include the airport, the harbor, and the train station. Along the way, children are introduced to the concepts of addition, subtraction, and sets. A surprise ending of sorts—what will happen to the very last passenger? (from Harper Collins website)

Why should you read this book?
It’s a simple, interactive math related book for preschoolers.  Byron Barton knows his audience.  A book with dogs, cats, a variety of transportation and bold illustrations is always a hit.

Mock Caldecott 2015

Recently, I asked ML if she wanted to have a group of friends come over for a Mock Caldecott. She said, “No, I just want it to be Calvin.”  The Caldecott Medal “is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.”  Last year, I provided a collection of picture books for ML and Calvin to peruse and decide which book deserved the medal.

You can read about their 2014 Mock Caldecott… And the Winners Are.  Last year, they couldn’t agree on which book should win.  I’m curious to see if they will agree this year.  The winners are usually announced in January at the ALA Midwinter Conference.  This year, ML and Calvin have until February 1st to have their Second Annual Mock Caldecott.  Below are the books I’m bringing home for consideration by ML and Calvin for the most prestigious award for illustration in children’s literature.


Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman


The Farmer and The Clown by Marla Frazee


Firebird by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers

Viva Frida

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales


The Adventures of Beekle:  The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Noisy Paint Box

The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mary Grandpre


Draw! by Raul Colon


Where’s Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio and illustrated by Barbara McClintock


Telephone by Mac Barnett and illustrate Jen Corace

The Troublemaker

The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo


Blizzard by John Rocco

Little Elliot

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato


Gravity by Jason Chin


Flashlight by Lizi Boyd


Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson


Grandfather Ghandi by Arun Ghandi and Bethany Hegedus and illustrated by Evan Turk





The Mitten String

Mitten String

The Mitten String by Jennifer Rosner and illustrated by Kristina Swarner – “When her family invites a deaf woman and her baby to stay, Ruthie, a talented knitter of mittens, wonders how the mother will know if her child wakes in the night. The surprising answer inspires Ruthie to knit a special gift that offers great comfort to mother and baby—and to Ruthie herself.
With language and imagery reminiscent of stories told long ago, this modern Jewish folktale will resonate with those who love crafts, anyone who’s encountered someone with physical differences—and with everyone who has ever lost a mitten in the depths of winter.”

Why should you read this book?
Last night, I saw ML for the first time in 2015.  This sweet book was the perfect way to return to our snuggle in the bed and read picture books nighttime routine.  ML does kind things for others just like Ruthie the main character.  Her most recent kindness was giving the book she won at book club to her friend who missed the meeting because she was sick.  When ML heard Miriam cried she said “I think we should give Miriam the book.”  (Each book club meeting I do a drawing for a copy of the next book.)  ML’s been eager to win.  I appreciate her thoughtfulness.  She received a copy of this next book club title for Christmas this year.  Last night we added the chapter book, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman to our reading time.

Backhoe Joe

Backhoe Joe

Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander and illustrated by Craig Cameron – “A young boy tries to adopt a backhoe. When Nolan finds a stray backhoe in the street, he can’t wait to adopt it. But this backhoe is not very well behaved. As Nolan tries to train his new pet, he learns that maybe this backhoe already has a home.

Why should you read this book?
All children ages two to five are mesmerized by heavy machinery.  One morning before my preschool story time, a crane was being used next to the library parking lot.  I knew I couldn’t compete.  To my relief, it left the premises five minutes before people arrived.  In a few months, our library will be renovated.  I plan to read books about construction at the last story time.  This book is first on the list.  It’s not your typical heavy machinery book.  There’s a well developed plot; and the illustrations are amusing.

An important note to parents.
Yesterday, I wrote about it being important to read princess books to boys.  It’s just as important to read backhoe books to girls.  In the picture book world, there should be no such thing as a boy book or girl book.

The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara

The Midnight Library

I wanted to publish this 200th blog post of 2014 at 11:59 tonight.  However, there’s no guarantee I’ll still be a awake.  And I’ve worked so hard to publish two hundred posts in one year.  It’s appropriate I end the year with a book about midnight and a library.

The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara – “Pay a visit to the Midnight Library where you can snuggle up for a nighttime story. There is a little library that only opens at night. In the library there is a little librarian—and her three assistant owls—who helps everyone find the perfect book. The library is always peaceful and quiet . . . until one night when some of the animals stir up a little trouble (and a little fun!)”

Why should you read this book?
It’s about a library with all it’s fun and drama.  Music playing squirrels, crying wolves, slow moving tortoises.  In my library world, the musicians are not squirrels.  They are invited to perform.  The crying wolves are toddlers.  The slow moving tortoises are the people who insist the library is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays.  I adore Kazuno Kohara’s illustrations.  This time she uses a trichromatic color scheme.  (Yes, I made up the word.)  Most of the illustrations are black and gold.  However, the books and a few other objects are a lovely blue.  The blue I wanted to paint my old house.  It made me smile when I saw the new owner painted it exactly how I wanted.

Albie’s First Word

Albie's First Word

Albie’s First Word:  A Tale Inspired by Albert Einstein’s Childhood by Jacqueline Tourville and illustrated by Wynne Evans – “Three-year-old Albie has never said a single word. When his worried mother and father consult a doctor, he advises them to expose little Albie to new things: a trip to the orchestra, an astronomy lecture, a toy boat race in the park. But though Albie dances with excitement at each new experience, he remains silent. Finally, the thoughtful, quiet child witnesses something so incredible, he utters his very first word: “Why?”

Why should you read this book?
ML wanted to read it two nights in a row.  This detail should be enough to convince you to read the book.

The Sky is Falling!!!

Chicken Little

One of my favorite stories growing up was Chicken Little.  Recently, a new version arrived at the library entitled Brave Chicken Little retold and illustrated by Robert Byrd.  Before reading the book I asked ML, “Do you know who Chicken Little is?  She immediately yelled at the top of her lungs, “The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!”

Why should you read this book?
It’s a great read-aloud with characters I’m not familiar with from other editions… Piggy Wiggy, Rabbit Babbit, Natty Ratty, Froggy Woggy and Roly and Poly Moley.  Then, there’s Foxy Loxy’s children… Foxy Boxy, Foxy Doxy, Foxy Hoxy, Foxy Moxy, Foxy Noxy, Foxy Poxy, and Foxy Soxy.  The opportunity to read those names is in itself a reason to check out this book.

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

Book Ate Dog

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne – “When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!”

Why should you read this book?
Everyone I’ve shared it with starts out grinning.  Then, chuckles.  Then, snickers.  Then, giggles.  Then, cracks up.  At the end, they roar with laughter.

Farmer Brown

I Love My Hat

Yesterday, I texted my brother, “Happy Birthday!”  He responded “thank you;” and didn’t correct my mistake.  Today, is his real birthday.  I cannot let the day go by without a post to celebrate him.

According to family lore,  during preschool my brother insisted on being called “Farmer Brown.”  When I Love My Hat by Douglas Florian and illustrated by Paige Keiser arrived, I loved it.  However, I decided to wait to share this book.  In honor of the boy who irritated me as a child; and I wish I saw more than twice a year as an adult… a book with a character named Farmer Brown.

According to Amazon, “One autumn morning, Farmer Brown gets on his tractor and heads to town. Along the way, he picks up a cat in a hat, a goat in a coat, an ox in socks, and other animals who love their clothes—and each animal sings a little song about what it’s wearing. When they reach the town, it’s Farmer Brown’s turn to sing about his clothes—after he gets some new ones. This silly farmyard romp will have kids singing about their own favorite clothes.”

We’re seeing my brother and his family in a couple of weeks.  This book is making the trip.  I’m eager to tell my niece and nephew about their dad, Farmer Brown.  I should probably hold off sharing about the time we were fighting and my bedroom door fell of the hinges as a result.


TipTop Cat by C. Roger Mader

TipTop Cat

TipTop Cat by C. Roger Mader – “An inspiring picture book about a brave cat who has the courage to bounce back from a frightening fall from the tiptop of the world.”

Why should you read this book?
ML oohed and aahhed over it, especially on the page showing the Eiffel Tower.  The exquisite pastel illustrations provide a luminous depth rarely seen in picture books.  This story about a cat regaining it’s spirit is the perfect book to read when a child is anxious.

Naughty Kitty by Adam Stower


Naughty Kitty by Adam Stower –  Lily’s mom said, “Dogs were too messy, too smelly and far to much trouble.”  So Lily received a kitty.  He was cute and sweet until Lily left him alone.  Then, he wreaked all sorts of havoc.  The cute little kitty turned into a beast or so it seemed.

Why should you read this?
It’s a perfect story for both preschoolers and elementary aged children.  ML loved the discretely placed newspaper and a television report in the illustrations giving a clue to what was happening.

Can A Penguin Soar? Yes, With the Help of Friends

Flight SchoolMountain of Friends

It’s hard being a penguin.  You’re a bird; but you can’t fly.  Luckily the penguins in the following books meet some amazing friends who help them realize their dreams.  These books are similar in concept. Both penguins want to fly. However, the story line and illustrations are unique. Read both as a segue into conversations about problem-solving and helping friends.

Flight School by Lita Judge – “Although little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, his body wasn’t built to soar. But Penguin has an irrepressible spirit, and he adamantly follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Even if he needs a little help with the technical parts, this penguin is ready to live on the wind.”

A Mountain of Friends by Kerstin Schoene – “Heartwarming and beautifully illustrated, Kirsten Schoene’s North American debut picture book shows how working together can accomplish seemingly impossible goals. Young readers will enjoy helping penguin achieve his dream by reorienting the book and building a ‘mountain of friends’ to support him”

In Flight School the penguin is bold and seeks out the challenge.  In A Mountain of Friends, the penguin needs more of a boost from his friends.  The combination of these two stories mimic life. Sometimes, we’re bold.  Other times, we’re timid.  In each case, it’s the encouragement and help of friends that help us soar.  Just like in the books.

Catch That Cookie!

Catch That Cookie

Catch That Cookie! by Hallie Durand and pictures by David Small – “Marshall knows one thing for sure, despite what all the stories say: Gingerbread men cannot run. Cookies are for eating, and he can’t wait to eat his after spending all morning baking them with his class. But when it’s time to take the gingerbread men out of the oven . . . they’re gone! Now, to find those rogue cookies, Marshall and his class have to solve a series of rhyming clues. And Marshall just might have to rethink his stance on magic.”

Why should you read it?
It’s a clever, treasure hunt of a story.  Perfect for this cookie baking time of year.

ML is rarely able to attend programs at the library where I work.  However, one afternoon I was able to take a late lunch.  I picked her and two friends up from school to enjoy building and decorating cookie houses.  Unfortunately, I waited until the last minute to pick out a book to read to the crowd.  My first choice, Catch That Cookie!, was checked out.

Trust me and take my advice.  I’ve been there.  Don’t buy a gingerbread house kit.  Instead, grab a milk carton, graham crackers, frosting, pretzels, candy, cereal and sprinkles.  It’s an easier and more enjoyable experience for parents and kids alike to decorate a milk carton “gingerbread house.”  ML’s creation is pictured below.

Cookie House (2)

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg


Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg – “High in the trees in the middle of the night, all of the pandas are sleeping except for Chengdu, who tries everything and still cannot fall asleep until he finds the perfect spot.”

Why should you read this book?
Chengdu is adorable, the story is funny and the ending is cuddly.  A perfect bedtime story.

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

Perfectly Messed Up

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell – “Little Louie’s story keeps getting messed up, and he’s not happy about it! What’s the point of telling his tale if he can’t tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one–imperfections and all.”

Why should you read it?
Because ML found it hilarious.  Louie is almost as dramatic as ML and friends.

Hooray for Hat by Brian Won

Hooray Hat

Hooray For Hat words and pictures by Brian Won – “Elephant wakes up grumpy—until ding, dong! What’s in the surprise box at the front door? A hat! HOORAY FOR HAT! Elephant marches off to show Zebra, but Zebra is having a grumpy day, too—until Elephant shares his new hat and cheers up his friend. Off they march to show Turtle! The parade continues as every animal brightens the day of a grumpy friend. An irresistible celebration of friendship, sharing, and fabulous hats.”

Why should you read this book?
Firstly, it was a hit at preschool story time.  Secondly, the publishers description says it best “an irresistible celebration of friendship, sharing and fabulous hats.”  Thirdly, because I said so.  Oops my mommy brain started took over the keyboard.

A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named JACK


A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack by William Joyce and Kenny Callicutt – “You might think you know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but you might want to think again. In this fairy tale with a twist, it hasn’t rained in days and the king has dictated that something must be done—his royal pinky is getting stinky! With a little magic from a wizard, young Jack, paired with his pea pod pal, will find a GIANT reason as to why there’s no water left in the kingdom…and prove that size doesn’t prevent anyone from doing something BIG.”

Why should you read this book?
It’s a boisterous yarn including puns, stinky pinkies, Princes Blah Blah Blah, a bean, a stalk and a boy named Jack created at Moonbot Studios.  You must read this funny book.  Preschoolers will enjoy the story.  Early elementary school students will love the merging of a few well known classics from fairy tales and Mother Goose.  Plus the illustrations are a lively delight.

How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon


How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon – “Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a fancy to you there is not much that can be done about it. That’s just what happens to a little boy when a lemur begins to follow him in the park one day—and more of the adoring animals join in. The boy does everything to ditch the playful creatures, from jumping on a train to flying in a hot-air balloon to climbing the highest mountain. But nothing works—AND he’s lost, too! It’s then that his constant companions show just why they make the very best of friends.”

Why should you read this book?
Frann Preston-Gannon was a recipient of the Sendak Fellowship allowing her the opportunity to spend a month in the fall of 2011 living with and learning from Maurice Sendak.  Yes, that Maurice Sendak!  The one who wrote and illustrated Where the Wild Things Are and many other perfect children’s books.  I understand why she was chosen.  Just like Sendak’s books, How to Lose a Lemur has a quirky story line and magnificent illustrations.