2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books

Both Soldier Song and How The Cookie Crumbled are on the Children’s Book Council’s 2018 Notable Social Studies Trade Books list. Check out the list to find many other great books here.


I will be reading and signing HOW THE COOKIE CRUMBLED at Greenlight Bookstores on Saturday, March 31st. Drop by for a story and a chocolate chip cookie!

I will begin in Fort Greene at 11:30 AM
Greenlight Books
686 Fulton Street

Then I will be at the Lefferts Gardens store at 1:30 PM
Greenlight Books
632 Flatbush Ave

ITCH! A JLG Selection

Itch!, a non-fiction informational book about all the things in nature that can make you itch, is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

How The cookie Crumbled Art

Here is some artwork for How The Cookie Crumbled. It is about the true and not so true stories of how Ruth Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie. Whether you are an inventor, or political (fake news), a history buff, or just love a good chocolate chip cookie, there is something for everyone in this story.

Following Baxter

I illustrated a cover and interior illustrations for an upcoming middle grade book for Harper Collins. Below are some of the sketches leading up to the final for the cover.

Here is the final:

Afer a little back and forth on sketches, the art director thought it would be cool to illustrate a flip book of the main character Baxter to run along the gutter of the book. Here is an animated gif of what it would look like if you were to flip through the book really fast….

Publishers Weekly Review

How The Cookie Crumbled was reviewed for Publishers Weekly. Here is the review below:

By Gilbert Ford
(Atheneum, ISBN 978-1-4814-5067-6, 10/24/17, Fall 2017 catalog)

Ford moves from the history of the Slinky (in The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring) to that of another American classic: the chocolate chip cookie, invented by restaurateur Ruth Wakefield. With her Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie a hit, Wakefield sold the recipe to Nestlé, and it remains on chocolate chip bags to this day. Using traditional and digital media, Ford paints a cheery vision of Depression-era America, highlighting Wakefield’s persistence and exacting nature (“Ruth’s staff said she was one tough cookie to work for”). He also taps into the visual language of vintage comics to present three ways Wakefield’s discovery might have come about: as an accident, substitution, or moment of inspiration. Ford casts his vote for the third option; readers will cast theirs for baking cookies from the recipe that’s included.

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