I'm a bit lagged on my bloggin' here, but some great news I've been meaning to post... BAT AND RAT, my newest picture book, written by Patrick Jennings, got a very kind review here in last Sunday's New York Times Book Review! It was part of a semi-annual big children's book pullout section they do. And the review was written by the great publisher and children's book expert and writer, Anita Silvey, as part of a roundup of friendship books. All very, very cool stuff. Here's the bit where she talks about our pals Bat and Rat. Hooray!
In Patrick Jennings’s “Bat and Rat” readers meet another pair of animals, both occupants of the Hotel Midnight, yet unlikely to become friends. But although Bat lives on the top floor and Rat in the basement, the two rendezvous to play music together and share simple joys like going out for ice cream. They only really differ on what flavor to choose — Mosquito Ripple, Butter Beetle Pecan or Mint Fly Chip? In the end, the duo perform Rat’s new song inspired by the events of the evening. The talented illustrator Matthew Cordell keeps this soufflé of an adventure rising; in two stellar double-page spreads he shows Bat swooping down to the lobby while Rat painstakingly climbs the steps to get to the same place.