REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
Loved talking with bloggers over the past few months. Here's a tip of the hat to them for all they do to connect kids and books!
And many thanks to the bloggers below for these marvelous reviews! (Click on the links to see the full reviews.)
About ADA'S VIOLIN
from the June CBC Diversity Newsletter
"With each reading the richness of Susan Hood's use of language increases in this nonfiction narrative. Research and interviews revealed personal and specific details which she includes in her concert of words; quotations, spoken Spanish and the insertion of sound effects adding to the authenticity. Hood clearly represents the physical living conditions of life in Cateura but also describes the generosity of spirit found in the people highlighted in this title. ... The design in a word is stunning. The blend of textures, images, light and shadows and individual items literally takes your breath away." ...one of my favorite nonfiction books of 2016. —Margie Myers, Librarian's Quest
"with practice, hard work, determination, and pride, they go farther beyond their wildest dreams ever imagined. Susan Hood tells their story wonderfully, coupled with Sally Wern Comport’s illustrations. You'll want a copy of your own." —Dylan Teut, Mile High Reading
"A must-purchase book for all ages." —Proseandkahn
"This picture book is a celebration of the way that hope can change lives, and it is sure to inspire young readers to believe in their own dreams no matter now impossible they may seem." —Mackin Books in Bloom
"Families live in poverty all over the world. The story, Ada's Violin, allows readres to empathize with their lives and witness their fight against such undesirable conditions. In this story, we are witness to the power of courage, community, and creativity to overcome insurmountable odds." —Keila Dawson, Perfect Picture Book Friday
"I love stories like this one because they remind me that no matter how ugly the world can get, there is still hope. A beautifully told, truly inspiring true story about the impact that one person or small group of people can have on the world around them." —Geo Librarian
About LEAPS AND BOUNCE
Buttons designed by Leaps and Bounce illustrator Matthew Cordell
"... you will be smiling from beginning to end. The words and pictures are full of a zest for growing and living. I have not had quite this much fun reading about frogs since I first read Tuesday by David Wiesner." — Margie Myers, Librarian's Quest!
"The theme of embracing and celebrating change was prevalent through the text and art of this book. Children face many changes and challenges as they grow up, and we can either teach them to embrace it, or run away from it. This book encourages readers to fully embrace and jubilate in changes that take place." —Dylan Teut, Mile High Reading
"Acclaimed author Susan Hood joyfully explores the developmental amphibian cycle in Leaps and Bounce, a jazzy riff on the "growing by leaps and bounds" adage. The text's rhythm and rhyme brings "bounce" to each page and invites readers to take the next page turn "leap". Award-winning illustrator Matthew Cordell's art perfectly mimics the exhuberant words. Destined to become a can't-miss sure-fire hit!" —Reading Style Guide