Happy to report that Who's Looking is featured in the May 2022 Hot Off the Press list by the Children's Book Council.
We have an all-star cast:
Cornelia Li, the illustrator of Who's Looking
Deborah Kerbel will launch two picture books
Mahtab Narsinhan as moderator
Hosted by McNally Robinson booksellers and Orca Books and Owl Books.
Who’s Looking is featured in the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association Spring Preview for Young Readers ("a collection of new and forthcoming books to fill out your 'to be read' list this spring").
Plus the good people at Thin Air managed to describe A Struggle For Hope better than I could. Here is what they said:
"In A Struggle for Hope, Carol Matas shares the story of Ruth, a young Holocaust survivor caught in a war zone who tells stories to chart a path through memory, trauma, loss, and fear, to find a new way to live."
"The conversational text is well-organized, succinct, child-friendly and inquisitive. Many interesting facts are woven throughout, such as owls have three eyelids; baby rabbits open their eyes when they are ten days old; and mice are colour-blind. Scientific vocabulary is explained in a crystal clear, easily-understood manner:
"Encouraging close obsevation Who’s Looking? is an eye-opening STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) picture book."
I am thrilled to say the ARC of my new picture book has just arrived! The book is now available for preorder!
Cornelia Li is the illustrator and I can't say enough about how she has imagined my text.
Since I was new to picture books and had never written non-fiction before, my learning curve was, well, ginormous! But my editor Liz Kemp at Orca book gently helped me through the process step by step. And my agent, Amy Tomkins, also contributed with some suggestions that changed the book entirely! So credit to them both. And to everyone at Orca who has been involved, especially Ruth Linka who helped me finish the project.
Who's Looking is a story about how animals see the world. It began as a conversation with my grandson, Kai, one day as we were walking home from the park. We paused to watch some ants scurrying around on the pavement and I asked Kai how he thought we would look to the ants?
By the time we got home the idea for the book was born!
I now have a dozen or more picture books at various stages so I hope this will be the first of many.
"The action keeps readers on the edge of their seats. A touch of romance softens some of the harsh realities the characters face. And the comfort, compassion and belonging to a communal family sustains their struggle for hope in the face of adversity."
Highly Recommended. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
|Delighted to sign books at McNally Robinson Booksellers.|
Thanks so much to Lindsey Carmichael for hosting me on her blog so that I can talk about science fiction and how it is perfectly suited for tackling big questions like, "What does it mean to be human?"