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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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Second Star for Two Mice! (One each.)

September 25, 2015

Julie Roach writes on the Horn Book: Using only two-word phrases (“One house / Two mice / Three cookies”) and a simple repeating number pattern (one, two, three; three, two, one; one, two, three), this clever book (with an extra-small, preschooler-perfect trim size) creates a fast-paced adventure for listeners and new readers alike. Expressive,...
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One Star for Two Mice!

June 8, 2015
One Star for Two Mice!

Kirkus says: The deceptively simple counting story of two mice, their adventure, and friendship. One morning in Ruzzier’s imaginative and colorful world, two mice wake to explore. The tiny window above the bed beckons: water, mountains, and sky are waiting for these two. Starting before the title and ending on the copyright page, minimal...
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“A Letter for Leo” in Japanese!

January 5, 2015
“A Letter for Leo” in Japanese!

Here’s the jacket of the forthcoming Japanese edition of A Letter for Leo, published by Mitsumura (which already published my Amandina a few years ago). The blue band is the obi, the traditional paper strip that wraps the book jacket. Yumiko Fukumoto translated the text, as she did for Amandina and The Room of...
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For the Fear of Failing

December 9, 2014
For the Fear of Failing

I wrote this piece for this year’s illustration issue of The Horn Book. They graciously let me post it here as well.   I don’t like to experiment. I know it sounds pusillanimous, but I’m just being honest: I don’t like to experiment because I am afraid of failure. But at least two times...
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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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