Available Wherever Books Are Sold

My amazingly talented friend and colleague Lucy Rozier has a book out, Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph. Story by Lucy, illustrations by Leo Espinosa.

"book jacket jackrabbit mccabe"

See? It’s official!

"jackrabbit mccabe"

bc you know something’s legit when it’s in BIR.

And awesome.

But you don’t have to take my word for it: Publishers Weekly has good things to say about it (in a starred review!), as do Kirkus Reviews and Booklist.

Which is good, because this book deserves its accolades.

I’ll add that it’s been so neat to watch from the sidelines as this story evolved through drafts and revisions, and it’s been equally fascinating to hear Lucy’s updates on the manuscript’s progress through the editorial gauntlet.*

Incidentally, keep that in mind the next time you or your little ones clamor for a story — someone sweated blood over those elegant, seemingly effortless words.

People think that because picture books are brief, they are easy; that is bull$#!+: picture books are the most difficult thing to write — not only because because the word count is so limited, but also because the words have to blend seamlessly with the artwork. It’s the sort of genre in which grace and precision go unnoticed unless you should suddenly stumble — and then everyone’s a critic. And thus, it’s the sort of high-wire act that not everyone can pull off.
Lucy can; I couldn’t.

Anyway, the end result is a fantastic book, one that is sitting on my bookshelf as I type this. Well done, Lucy!

 

*It’s quite eye-opening, the sorts of changes that occur in the interval between initial query and publication, and often for head-scratching reasons. From changing character names to avoid brand blurring to altering lines to accommodate artist choices (in picture books, illustrators more or less call the shots), there’s a LOT that goes on behind-the-scenes. Better to simply eat the sausage, I think, than to make it (or watch it being made).

One thought on “Available Wherever Books Are Sold

  1. Zounds! I love the high wire comparison–I always wanted to be the leaping lady on the trapeze. Many, many thanks, Gillian, for your support all the way through.
    Lucy

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