Coming from Simon & Schuster * October 2, 2018
* KIRKUS (Starred review.) July 2018 :
A small child muses about the future as Mom guides the bedtime routine.
The premise and the characters are established from the start. Large, black lettering on the verso says, “Mom, when I grow up, what do you think I will be?” On the opposite page, plenty of white, negative space surrounds the opening scene: A small child stands on the bed, hand reaching out to a friendly pet dachshund, as Mom begins unlacing the child’s pale green hoodie. Mother and child have dark hair and pink-cheeked faces a shade lighter than the dog’s brown fur—all rendered with masterful control of ink sketching and pastel washes. All three have equally sweet facial expressions. Throughout the text, the child questions Mom about possible future traits and characteristics, occupations, and accomplishments. Such fanciful questions as “Will I be the mayor and let kids run the town?” are matched by equally imaginative illustrations, with the added treat of the dachshund’s inclusion (here the pup serves as aide as a multiethnic group of reporters attend a press conference). The depiction of the child as musician is especially lovely: Child and dog sit beneath a tree as the child pipes and birds fill its branches. Funny artwork extends the narrative with a subplot in which Mom struggles to get her child’s clothes off, hair brushed, etc. Young children will love the repetition of “Will I be…?” Mom talks just enough at the end to prepare both child and readers for sweet dreams.
Winning text and illustrations for bedtime. (Picture book. 2-4)
Kirkus Review: "Goode's pen-and-ink, watercolor, gouache, and pastel illustrations emphasize relationships and emotions . . . A delightful look at a what-if all children have considered, if not acted upon."
SLJ: "Surrisi’s concise writing explores this universal theme in a fresh way....Goode’s recognizable pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor, gouache, and pastel suit the humorous and heartfelt story."
OUTSIDE THE BOX
* STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus:
"... charming, gorgeously illustrated.
Wilson & Goode combine their comedic artistry to create an edgy and substantial collection of light verse with exquisite accompanying pen-and-ink drawings unafraid to explore childhood's darker reaches...At once affirming, and poignant: a stunning visual and poetic compendium of growing up."
School Library Journal:
"The playfulness of Goode's sketches are a perfect match.."
"Goode’s ink-and-brush illustrations, full of swooping lines and flippy flourishes, are energetic and graceful..The art picks up the punch line of funny poems, amplifying the humor to laugh-out-loud levels...the illustrations are ornate and lovely."
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
*STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus
"Goode’s illustrations are often breathtaking. On the endpapers, she has reproduced in sepia tones with antique pens some of the source documents that allow readers to know these women. Roberts’ lively text is illuminated with flourishes and curlicues along with winsome or whimsical portraits..."
School Library Journal:
"Beautifully intricate illustrations, rendered with antique pens, sepia ink, and watercolors, suit the text well."
Sequel: LADIES OF LIBERTY * NYTimes Bestseller.
*STARRED REVIEW, Publisher's Weekly
"Goode, whose balletic lines and zephyrlike washes of color harken back to her wonderful work in Founding Mothers and other titles, both amplifies the literate, wry text and applies her own visual humor.."
"Sublime ink-and-water color drawings....hysterical and adorable."
Publisher's Weekly: "Goode’s sprightly, wispy art is a show stealer...".
MY MOM IS TRYING TO RUIN MY LIFE
An Indie Booksellers Summer Kids' List selection.
* STARRED REVIEW, Publisher's Weekly
"Oh, the humor! ...Kate Feiffer, with her pitch-perfect writing skills, and Diane Goode, whose artwork corresponds flawlessley, have got this book SO right! I urge you to check-it-out."
- Bianca Schulze, The Children's Book Review
School Library Journal: Deadpan narration allows the absurdity of the premise to carry the day, with plenty of help from the illustrations. Goode's breezy watercolors set just the right tone. Luke looks amusingly earnest and always very much a regular kid. Other characters are equally expressive, without being too exaggerated. Old-fashioned phones, televisions, and other implements set the action in an earlier era, neatly adjusted to include rich ethnic diversity and a female presidential candidate. The humor is deftly understated, both visually and verbally, making this an amusing and appealing send-up of politics and children's chores.—
Publisher's Weekly: Goode’s (Baby Face) airy, pale-hued watercolors cleverly set the context. Seemingly realistic, the illustrations are blithely anachronistic, mixing black-and-white TVs, sputtering jalopies, a 1940s police uniform and knee-length boys’ trousers—a faux-historical setting just right for a tale framed as “the story of how Luke Pennybaker became the youngest boy ever to run for president.” The line between fantasy and real-world politics stays clear, leaving readers free to enjoy the fun.