A Peek at Woodward and McTwee

A scene from the children's book Woodward and McTwee by Jonathan Fenske

This illustration is from the forthcoming Woodward and McTwee children’s book written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske, to be published by Penguin USA in March 2014. Here’s the marketing blurb from the publisher:

“Woodward and McTwee are the silliest of friends. A bird and a hippopotamus could not be more different, but they love playing hide-and-seek and pulling pranks on each other. Join Woodward and McTwee for a ton of fun with two hilarious stories!”

I’ve loved watching this book take shape and morph and then finally find a home at Penguin. Hurray! Can’t wait until it comes out. I know Jonathan is eager, too. Meanwhile,  he’s working on a series with three books, the first being called A Pig, A Fox and A Box (I’ve blogged about this one before). I’m picking up again where I left off on Magical Raintree Daughters (a middle grade adventure novel) and we’re both trying to keep up with the girls. Also on the to do list: put the garden to bed, weed the stones in the front and backyard and start pruning our climbing roses. Confidential to YouTube video makers: your advice on rose pruning is horribly inconsistent. I am lost.
Thanks for stopping by. We love ya’ll so much and it’s great to share art and beauty with you. And broken lightbulbs. And messy houses. Until next time!

What’s Your Favorite Children’s Book? + Book News

If you have kids in your home, you read a lot of children’s books. Books are everywhere around here. And beware the tidy mother who attempts to curate the collection. There were howls of protest when I started to “thin” out the bookshelves earlier this week. But we had to…shelves were stuffed and books were piled and the baby would drag them around, chewing and mewing for someone to read to her. (Kidding! She’s in that stage where a book is simply not that interesting. We still read to her, of course, but she wanders off to see how her older sisters are clobbering each other. True story.)

In any event, we filled a box-o-books to take to Goodwill.

Box of children's books

This book curating made me think of a guest post Jonathan did in February over at The Write Now Coach, Rochelle Melander. I’ve known Rochelle for many years and she’s a true tour-de-force of a writing coach, author, editor…the list goes on. She kindly had Jonathan on her blog and he guest posted about his 5 favorite children’s books. Here’s an excerpt:

“When we had our first daughter seven years ago, I delighted in buying old picture books at thrift stores and discovering new titles at our local bookstore. When I wrote Love Is in the Air (indeed, whenever I write) all of my favorite books were (and are) swirling in my head, a beautiful, highly respected and influential mass of collective imagination.”

In book news, we’re pleased as punch to tell you that Penguin USA made an offer for Woodward and McTwee. It’s one of several stories about a sweet, innocent hippo and a super snarky bird. The book will be published in 2014. We love Penguin, including Jonathan’s editor, Bonnie Bader. Go book people!

Here’s a homemade mock-up of the cover:

Cover of Woodward and McTwee children's book by Jonathan Fenske
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Tell us in the comments: what is your favorite children’s book?