I love getting things in the mail! (Well, most things anyway.) But yesterday I scored not one but two delivery home runs: two copies of the July 2014 School Library Journal featuring Neighborhood Sharks and my first (starred!) review, and—even cooler!!—my first real copies of my first real book as an author/illustrator in mainstream publishing.
AHHH!! SO TOTALLY JAWESOME!!
Here’s my first look, as shared with my UPS guy. Now we are friends. He’s afraid of sharks and read my book anyway, and I didn’t even make him:
And here’s the review from SLJ on page 121 in the Book Review nonfiction section:
“Grades 2-4: In preparation for this well-researched book on great white sharks, Roy joined scientists in the Farallon Islands to study the animals near San Francisco. Though shark lovers of all ages will enjoy poring over the intense, vivid images, there’s a lot of information that older students will particularly appreciate. Readers will learn about many aspects of great whites—their anatomy, how they hunt, and their place in the ecosystem, as well as how scientists study them. The action-packed illustrations, rendered in watercolor and pencil with some digital work, are both accurate and captivating. Pair this one with Gail Gibbons’s Sharks (Holiday House, 1992) or Seymour Simon’s Incredible Sharks (Chronicle, 2003). Additional information in the form of films, books, and online resources are appended, including a link to a live webcam of the Farallon Islands. An excellent introduction.” ✭ —Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX
Thank you, Gods Of Amazing Mail, for your generosity this week! I can hardly wait to wait to share my book with readers everywhere, even the ones who are a little bit nervous. Neighborhood Sharks comes out on September 30th; be sure to pre-order your copy (or many copies!) online or from your favorite bookstore!