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."
School Library Journal has reviewed our new picture book, The Zoo Is Closed Today! written by Evelyn Beilenson and illustrated by Anne Kennedy. The review will appear in the publication's September issue. Here is what SLJ had to say:
"K-Gr 2—Following in the footsteps of many other successful 'something’s wrong at the zoo' stories, this rhyming version comically describes the ailments of the animals that Sue and John find when they walk to 'Kalama Zoo.' Their friend Pete the zookeeper explains that the zoo is closed because Edward the elephant has a cold in his nose, Freddy the fox has a sunburn, Marcel the monkey’s tail is in a sling, and Carlos the camel has hives on his humps. The kids return home disappointed and concerned but are gleeful to receive a letter the very next day telling them that the animals are feeling better. When the two come down with the sniffles themselves, the animals make a get-well road trip to their house. Kennedy’s colorful cartoons perfectly complement Beilenson’s easy read-aloud verse. Pair it with E.S. Redmond’s Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo (Candlewick, 2009) and Philip C. Stead’s A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Roaring Brook, 2010) for an ailing animal storytime or book display." —Jenna Boles, Green County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH
" '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."
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.