“Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, shall all be saved.”
The Fort (Page Street Kids, April 21, 2020) is my first picture book! It celebrates the power of imagination and compromise, and the magic of a fort.
“Rich text and lush illustrations transport the reader into the children’s imaginations. The standard theme of cooperation and using one’s imagination feels fresh thanks to a diverse cast and reversal of gender stereotypes. With its eye-catching art, important message, and just the right amount of pirate talk, this is a strong addition to picture-book collections.” — Booklist
“The illustrations bring the children’s imaginations to life on the page, turning the fort into lush scenes depending on the beholder, leaving it simple and ragged only when the two argue. The values of imagination and collaboration are conveyed without a heavy hand.” — Kirkus Reviews
GOOD NEWS FOR CONTRAPTIONS
I’m proud to announce that School Library Journal gave Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines That Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel a very positive review! If you subscribe, click here. If not, here’s the VERDICT: A delight for all budding engineers in elementary grades who, as Perdew puts it, “like to think of complex ways to accomplish simple tasks.”