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.
See? It’s official!
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!