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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Edward Gets Reviewed!

Hello! I hope you have all had a wonderful summer. It's been busy here in Brooklyn, but I wanted to share with you some fun publishing-related things that have happened in the past few months/will happen soon. So, Edward Gets Messy, the picture book I wrote (which was illustrated by the glorious Olga Stern and is being published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) comes out ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. Needless to say, I'm very excited and quite nervous. I can only imagine that this is what it feels like to prepare for childbirth, except without all the diaper-buying and abstaining from wine (thank goodness). 

I wanted to share a few nice reviews that the book has already gotten, and let you know about my book release event, should you find yourself in the NYC area next weekend. 

First, School Library Journal amazingly chose Edward Gets Messy for their August Popular Picks feature, saying "This debut title is a delightful tale and a storytime winner." I really could not ask for a better review, as I wrote this book with the hope that it would be read with and to kids for an interactive experience. SLJ was also kind enough to do an interview with me about Edward and why I wanted to tell this story. Thank you, School Library Journal! 

Side note: I don't think I've shown you my author photo yet, so here it is! Thank you to my wonderful husband Michael for managing to not make me look as tired as I feel. 

In terms of other mainstream reviews, Publisher's Weekly called the character of Edward a "Marie Kondo type," which I found hilarious (and they also said some other nice things), and even Kirkus called the book "a fine addition." I'll take it! (Side side note: if you want to add the book to your Goodreads to-read shelf and if you like it mmmmaybe leave a review for it someday, you can find it here! Positive reviews on this site and sites like Amazon can help a LOT, just FYI.) 

Lastly, I'm having a book release party at the wonderful BookCourt bookstore in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn on Saturday, September 17th at 4pm. If you're in the area (perhaps in town for the Brooklyn Book Festival?), please stop by! We'll have some refreshments, share some stories, and reflect on our love of all things porcine. 

Thanks so much, everyone!