Written by Christine McDonnell, and illustrated by myself, WHEN THE BABIES CAME TO STAY is coming March 24 from Viking. Here are some advance reviews of the book:
"Charming pastel illustrations, which are digitally painted, vary from vignettes to single pages and spreads, revealing the cozy living arrangements. Life above the library, sleeping in cribs made from lobster traps, and learning about all the wonders of the island combine to create an idyllic childhood. VERDICT This delightful tale is the embodiment of the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
–Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI School Library Journal
"This is a lovely story about family and about a community that welcomes in four little babies in need of a home. The soft illustrations are a perfect match for the gentle text -this will be a wonderful story to snuggle up with and share with little ones."
- Sandy Scott at Galaxy Bookshop
“An absolutely charming and timely story about the power of community, accepting those who need help, building the family you need, and welcoming new people into our lives regardless of where they came from or how they got there. Combined with beautiful illustrations, WHEN THE BABIES CAME TO STAY will make a powerful addition to any storytime this spring.”
- Beth Seufer Buss from Bookmarks