Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Original Art Show and September News

I am happy to say that Moonpowder has been accepted into the Society of Illustrators "Original Art Show". Stop by the gallery between October 18th-Nov 26th at Society of Illustrators, 128 East 23rd st. (between Park and Lex.) NYC. There should be a plethora of great art to inspire us all.

In other news, my newest book "Boy Were We Wrong about the Solar System" written by Kathleen Kudlinski got a starred review from Kirkus. (Starred) Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System! Kathleen D.
Kudlinski. Illustrated by John Rocco. (Dutton 9780525469797)

The author of Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! (2005) returns with
the story of humankind's changing understanding of outer space.
Beginning with the premise that the Earth was flat, Kudlinski shows how
early Greek astronomers came to realize it was round. But they thought
Earth was suspended in the sky-until the invention of telescopes showed
that it revolved around the Sun. Each new discovery seemed to prove old
beliefs wrong, right up to Pluto's recent demotion. Science marches
forward, with new information superseding the old-and the book ends with
the thrilling conclusion that one of its readers may someday disprove
the information it contains. Eschewing such potentially confusing
details as names and dates (both provided in a timeline in the
backmatter), the narrative provides just enough information to keep
young readers and listeners engaged. Rocco's illustrations grow more
colorful and realistic as the story moves into the modern age, matching
the text's smooth flow and sense of progress. A super introduction not
only to the solar system, but to the scientific method in action.
(further reading, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-9)

Right now I am busy trying to finish the paintings for my latest book "Fu Finds the Way" coming out in the Fall 2009 by Disney•Hyperion.
Needless to say, I am way behind, but hope to have it finished before the holidays kick in.
I will be heading to Louisville this weekend to speak at the Kentucky Reading Association Annual conference. Brian Selznick will also be speaking, so that should be fun.
And lastly, here is a very nice article in SCBWI magazine that Sam Wasson wrote about me. Thanks Sam!