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Little Elliot, BIG REVIEWS!

It’s been a really great week for Little Elliot! Little Elliot, Big Family, the follow up to Little Elliot, Big City, received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, as well as a very positive review from School Library Journal: LittleElliot_BigFamily_star

“Curato fleshes out Little Elliot’s personality in this installment—there are glimmers of a character with real depth beneath his cutie-pie visage—while continuing to come up with wonderful, Hopperesque images of a bygone New York.” Publishers Weekly
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Employing a restrained text, Curato mines the visuals for emotional impact…Young children will easily relate to Elliot’s experience of loneliness and his relief at inclusion, both convincingly captured in this elegant tale.” Kirkus
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“…this picture book is warm and inviting. The illustrations are rich and interesting…The art creates an inviting atmosphere that draws readers in and keeps them lingering on each page, while the text tells an appealing story of family and friendship.”  School Library Journal

I can’t wait to share Big Family with everyone this October!!

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Little Elliot, Big Fan!

I just wanted to share this photo that Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH shared with me. Former Secretary of State and Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton stopped in for a visit and purchased a copy of Little Elliot, Big City! I hope that Charlotte and Chelsea enjoy it.

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Shout out to Jill from Water Street Bookstore (left), who recommended Little Elliot, Big City to Hillary!

Hillary and Chelsea are big friends of elephants. They have raised millions to fight the illegal ivory trade. Baby Charlotte also has an elephant themed nursery! I think Little Elliot has found a good home.

 

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Children’s Book Week in New England

Last week, Little Elliot and I traveled to New England for Children’s Book Week, a national reading initiative administered by Every Child a Reader, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council. Here are a few pics from the trip!

The kids at Essex Elementary and I wrote a Little Elliot mini story together. (photo credit: Carol Scrimgeour)

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An Award, A Collection, and the Best Shrimp & Grits Ever

Last week I headed down South to accept the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor at the 48th Annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi. My partner in crime, Ruth Chan, and I landed in New Orleans, Louisiana, and ate our way to Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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Ruth and I at City Park in New Orleans

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Little Elliot plush now available!

The wait is over! You can now have your very own Little Elliot plush to cuddle and hug and read with! Many thanks to my friends at MerryMakers for bringing him to life!

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My grandmother gave me an elephant for my first Christmas. He had a wind-up lullaby that would play “It’s a Small World.” For many years, I would wind it up and let it play the sweet song when I was going to sleep. We had many adventures together, and I am so excited to think about all the adventures Little Elliot will have with his new friends.

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My little white and blue friend would later serve as one of the inspirations for Little Elliot.

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Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find my old elephant friend for many years (he is rumored to be living in my parents’ attic). I found this cousin of his online. He and Elliot have become fast friends. They have a lot to say to each other–they’re all ears!!

Little Elliot has been kid-tested, author-illustrator approved! He’ll make a great friend for kids of any age. Trust me, I did not give final sign-off until he met all of my huggability requirements.

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for scale and adorableness…

You can order your Little Elliot online, or ask your bookstore if they carry him (and if they don’t, they will likely order him for you).

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Foreign Editions: Spanish, Catalan, & Bulgarian!

¡Buenas noticias! This week three of the first foreign editions of Little Elliot, Big City release! Today, March 16, is publication day for Spanish and Catalan versions with Ediciones B, and Wednesday, March 18, the Bulgarian version comes out with Prozerets. Check with the publishers to see where you can get a copy.

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