May 15, 2011

Rocket Town Review: School Library Journal

Concept sketch for Rocket Town rockets
digital, Illustrator 10

The School Library Journal had some nice words to say about Rocket Town!
Here is the review:

What if rockets dominated an entire town and every other mode of transportation were converted into a spaceship version of its former self? That is the premise of this richly illustrated offering. With helmet in hand and accompanied by his dog, a man drives his pickup truck from a rural setting to a place where fast-food joints, school buses, unicycles, and fire trucks have all turned into rocket ships, alongside an array of other ships whose origins are less apparent, like Chopper, Guzzler, and the green Stinky Onion. In this graphical feast for the eyes, filled with dark concentrated colors and abundant geometric shapes, Logan does not so much tell a story as state that each invention is either big, small, fast, slow, or moving up or down. At Rocket Ray’s Pre-Owned Rockets, the protagonist makes his own purchase, leading to the inevitable “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...BLAST OFF!” Reminiscent of Donald Crews’s vehicle books (HarperCollins), this board book will appeal to young transportation buffs.

                                 –Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

On the 4th @ 4!

On June 4th @ 4pm, join me as I read/perform Rocket Town and sign books at:

More praise for Rocket Town at the following links...

May 2, 2011

Target Children's Stage...

As a first-time author, being on the Target Children's Stage at the Los Angeles Festival of Books was a pretty scary ride.  I will say that the MC and the event staff were super helpful and kind!
(Thank you, Shannon!)

And Mo Willems is a really nice person.