A panoply of picture books!

by Debbie Gonzales on November 2, 2014

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This month, we’ll be talking about picture books – old favorites and new arrivals. Loud and quiet, serious and silly, fiction and non-fiction. To kick the month off, we’re ecstatic to be able to celebrate the picture book debut of ReaderKidZ Dianne White, author of the beautiful BLUE ON BLUE (Beach Lane Books), illustrated by Beth Krommes.

“Cotton clouds, morning light. Blue on blue. White on white. Singing, swinging outdoor play. White on blue on sunny day,” and so it begins. The simple, yet evocative, story about a single day in the life of a little girl and her family on their farm that’s told in the sparest, possible language to achieve the tightest, most descriptive effect. In little more than 100 words, White conveys the peace of a sunny day outside with Mother, followed by the excitement of dark, looming clouds and the dramatic arrival of a noisy downpour, with the scared little girl’s feet poking out from under the covers on her bed and her loyal dog beside her. “Thunder! Lightning! Raging, roaring. Rain on rain on rain is pouring.” This is a book that begs to be memorized so that children can come to appreciate how much action a tight phrase can portray, and the sheer power of single words when placed in the right order.

On sale December 9th!

“White’s graceful pacing spreads the energy of the storm” – Publisher Weekly, starred review

“A joyous, pelting, dripping celebration.” – Booklist, starred review

“Succinct rhymes, measured and musical … astonishing restraint, grace, and fluidity.” – Kirkus, starred review

Autumn 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List  (ages 4- 8) title.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie Pearson November 3, 2014 at 7:18 am

Such a gorgeous cover. Can’t wait to dive into this book, Dianne. Congratulations!!!!!

Nancy Bo Flood November 3, 2014 at 10:07 am

Beautiful BLUE ON BLUE 🙂

Cheryl Phillips November 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I’m done with the waiting. I want my book RIGHT NOW! Can’t wait to read it to my grandkids.

The colors, the words and the simplicity of this beautiful story make it a must for every children’s literature collection.

Kathy Halsey November 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm

I have read the book and know what a great story it is! Dianne is a consummate poet. Congrats and cheers to my current CP.

Barbara Younger November 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Congrats Diane on the wonderful reviews! Love your language and that’s one gorgeous cover.

Dianne White November 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Thanks, Barbara!

Dianne White November 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Kathy.

Dianne White November 5, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Hey! Me, too! We’ve both been waiting a looong time!!

Carmen Oliver November 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Gorgeous language, Dianne! Can’t wait to own my own copy! You are a beautiful poet! And wonderful story teller!

Dianne White November 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Many thanks for the kind words, Carmen!

Dianne White November 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Thanks, Carrie!

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