Title: Skink on the Brink
Author: Lisa Dalrymple
Illustrator: Suzzane Del Rizzo
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside (2013)
Reviewer: Yolanda Ridge
Stewie is a skink with a beautiful blue tail and a love of songs and rhyme. Lisa Dalrymple’s delightful picture book, aimed at five to eight-year old readers, follows Stewie the blue through the trails of adolescence accompanied by Suzanne Del Rizzo’s vibrant plasticine illustrations.
When his tail turns grey, Stewie is forced to adapt and recognize his uniqueness. It is a journey that subtly parallels his changing environment, introducing the concept of animal habitat, life cycles and endangered species. Two pages of skink facts at the end allows readers to dig deeper into the concept of extinction.
A great addition to the science curriculum, Skink on the Brink won the SCBWI Crystal Kite award for Canada. It’s also my pick for Authors for Earth Day Eco-Book of the month featured on facebook.
Title: Compost Stew
Author: Mary McKenna Siddals
Illustrator: Ashley Wolff
Publisher: Tricycle (2010)
I just featured this title on the Authors for Earth Day Facebook page as the Eco-Book of the Month. It is scheduled for release in paperback in October. Here’s my blurb:
This rhythmic, rhyming picture book starts with a call out to environmental chefs to mix up a batch of compost stew from scratch. And alphabetical list of ingredients follows with creative entries for some of the more challenging letters. Beautifully complimenting the text, Ashley Wolff’s collage-style illustrations (made from newspaper, tea bags, grass clippings and other recycled materials) show the wild, red-haired heroine cooking up the recipe till she is left with rich, crumbly compost stew. The result is a light, fun delivery of an important earth-friendly message that begs to be applied to home and extended in the classroom. Additional acitivites, teaching resources and lesson plans are available through the author’s website. Dig in – you will not be disappointed!
It’s been a busy month (or two or three…)
It started with a lot of this;
as I queried agents with my recently completed, much revised (and still to be edited), work-in-progress, Inside Hudson Pickle.
And then, as luck would have it, there was a lot of this;
as I sent out partial and full versions of the manuscript and was lucky enough to receive three offers of representation!! Which lead to this;
And now, heading into the summer (one day after Canada Day) it is all this;
Because I am now represented by Amy Tompkins of the Transatlantic Literary Agency!
I am so excited about this next chapter in my writing career. Thanks for celebrating with me!
To be continued…
Road Block is now a google doc too.
Trouble in the Trees is now a google doc. Not sure about the significance of this but if you want to read it as a pdf, it’s out there in the public domain for downloading. Good or bad? You tell me.