“Dudley’s images are awesome” –American Library Association’s Booklist

 Hank and friend

Hank and friend

The American Library Association's Booklist magazine has reviewed our new picture book, Hank Has a Dream by Rebecca Dudley!

Here is what reviewer Connie Fletcher had to say:

"In this follow-up to Hank Finds an Egg (2013), a little stuffed animal . . . recounts to his hummingbird friend a dream in which he sails away on a dirigible across the sea and into the heavens. What’s so clever is how Dudley shows Hank doing everyday activities (like running around a field) and how his imagination transforms them into fantastic events (careening around the clouds). As before, Dudley’s images are awesome: delicate dioramas handmade from materials like clay, paper, wire, and fabric and then photographed with shallow focus to make them come popping to life. The tone is understated and sweet, and when the hummingbird asks to hear the entire dream again, Hank complies—and adult readers should also be ready to accede to similar requests from their listeners."

“Hank Has a Dream” gets a starred PW review!

Hank Has a Dream

We are thrilled to receive a starred review from Publishers Weekly for our forthcoming picture book Hank Has a Dream, written and illustrated by Rebecca Dudley. Says PW:

" 'Last night I dreamed I flew!' announces Hank, the bear/monkeylike critter from Hank Finds an Egg, before proceeding to regale his hummingbird friend with a step-by-step recounting of his dream. Dudley again stages the action in carefully crafted and photographed dioramas, this time creating lovely parallels between the 'real' and dream action of the story. On the left side of each spread, Hank races through the forest, sits on a rope bridge, and swings from a tree. Each action mirrors events from his dream, which are shown in scenes that appear at right, with Hank floating over rivers and through the clouds in a delicate, translucent airship. Readers will find Hank’s subconscious travels every bit as enticing as his forest wanderings."

“Hank Has a Dream” cited in SLJ blog post on picture book photography

Hank Has a DreamTravis Jonker, who blogs for School Library Journal at 100 Scope Notes: Children's Literature News and Reviews, included our forthcoming picture book Hank Has a Dream in his post about "The State of Photography Illustration in Picture Books 2014"! 

Says Jonker, "A follow-up to the excellent Hank Finds an Egg, Dudley brings even more detail to Hank’s three-dimensional world." Jonker says he is noticing more and more picture book authors/illustrators incorporating photography in their work.

We’re gearing up for ALA in Vegas! Stop by Booth 1942! Giveaways & more!

We’re heading to the American Library Association’s Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas this weekend. Stop by our booth (#1942) to help us celebrate our first year of children’s picture books!

Celebrating Our First Year in Picture Books!

Oh, and did we mention that we have fun giveaways? Pick up a free poster and “magic seed” packet from our book Celia by Christelle Vallat and Stéphanie Augusseau. (The “magic seeds” are made out of colorful paper that you can actually plant and sprout into beautiful flowers. How cool!)

Celia Poster and Seed Packet Giveaway!

Celia Poster and Seed Packet Giveaway!

And get a sneak peek at Rebecca Dudley’s follow-up to Hank Finds an Egg — her new book is called Hank Has a Dream! Free ARCs available while supplies last!

Hank Has a Dream

See you in Vegas! Peter Pauper Press, Booth Number 1942, Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109