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Two stars and more for Fox + Chick

June 15, 2018
Two stars and more for Fox + Chick

    “Three stories well suited to both reading newcomers and not-yet-reading listeners. (…) Collectively, these three stories create a profile of an entertaining odd-couple friendship that, if given a few more outings, could make a Frog and Toad–like impression on the picture-book and easy-reader worlds.” —The Horn Book Magazine, starred review “A winning choice as a confidence booster for...
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If Chick was not annoying

April 19, 2018
If Chick was not annoying

In PW’s otherwise favorable review of Fox + Chick, the author questions the two friends’ relationship: “The root of their friendship remains an enigma—why does Fox tolerate such an annoying friend?” I’m happy to rethink the three stories making Chick not annoying: - The Party (to be renamed The Bathroom) Fox is at home,...
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“Vita di uno strano signore” or, “Life of a strange gentleman.”

April 8, 2018
“Vita di uno strano signore” or, “Life of a strange gentleman.”

About two years ago, the Associazione Culturale Hamelin invited me to have personal exhibition of my work in their beautiful rooms in the center of Bologna. Flattered but equally scared, I accepted the invitation. The show, titled “Vita di uno strano signore,” opened last month during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and will stay up...
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Shelf Awareness Interview

April 4, 2018
Shelf Awareness Interview

After an exhausting wait, you can finally learn about my reading habits in this interview with Shelf Awareness. 
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Helpful Books for Disturbing Times

November 15, 2016
Helpful Books for Disturbing Times

Here is a small selection of children’s books that I personally find helpful and perhaps hope-inducing without trying to hammer a moral lesson into your head, which could be not only painful but counter-productive. (The links are to Indiebound.org, but of course you can find or order these books at any other bookstore or...
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This Will Be Your Picture Book!

May 17, 2016
This Will Be Your Picture Book!

Teachers! Librarians! Bookstore event coordinators! Parents! Kids! Here’s a little bundle of ideas for your drawings. Click on the image below to download the PDF, and enjoy!  
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Three Stars So Far

May 16, 2016

Some reviews for This Is Not a Picture Book! have come out. As usual, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus were the first ones, and they both gave my new book (my first with Chronicle) wonderful, starred reviews. More recently, School Library Journal published their own starred review. PW writes: This isn’t a book about books;...
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Picture Book Thoughts From Bologna

April 14, 2016
Picture Book Thoughts From Bologna

This year I was one of the five jurors of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition. In the beautiful catalogue published by Corraini, I was asked a few questions on creating picture books and more.   The five jurors: Klaus Humann, Nathan Fox, Francine Bouchet, myself, and Taro Miura.   You have said...
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Quotes on Two Mice

December 10, 2015

My new picture book Two Mice came out in September. It is making quite an impression among the international intelligentsia. Here are some comments, and I’ll keep updating as more will come by: “TWO MICE are better than one.“—Walter E. Disney “Sergio Ruzzier’s TWO MICE is mousetastic.” —Beatrix Potter “I just ♥ how in TWO MICE...
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Best-books-of-the-year Lists

December 4, 2015
Best-books-of-the-year Lists

Two Mice made it into three best-books-of-the-year lists! The Horn Book Fanfare The Washington Post Kirkus Reviews I mean four! The Boston Globe Sorry: five! The Huffington Post  
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The Sendak Fellowship

This Is Not a Picture Book!

This Is Not a Picture Book!

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School Visits

School Visits

Two Mice

Two Mice

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A Letter for Leo

A Letter for Leo

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“Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?”

“Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?”

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