12 Days of New York, the picture book that I illustrated, is available for purchase today! If you would like to purchase your copy, please visit indiebound.net to find your nearest independent book store. There is a link on the side panel. It will also be available at all of the other major book stores.
Issue: March 1, 2013
12 Days of New York.
Bolden, Tonya (Author) , Ford, Gilbert (Illustrator)
Mar 2013. 32 p. Abrams, hardcover, $17.95. (9781419705427). 811.The 12-day fun-filled New York City romp of an adventurous teacher and five students is recounted in the style of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” “On our first day in New York, / Just guess what we did see . . ./ The Statue of Liberty! / On our second day in New York, / Just guess what we did see! / Two folks in love / And the Statue of Liberty.” And so on it goes, as they hurry through the Upper East Side (“three posh pups” near the Guggenheim Museum), Midtown (“four soaring birds” while viewing the Empire State Building), Coney Island (“five golden rings” on a fortune-teller), and so forth until departure time. Richly colored cartoon illustrations, with a dialogue bubble here and there for added humor, depict the wide-eyed characters and their surroundings with a fair amount of detail without overwhelming. The final spread is a pictorial map of the five boroughs with the 12 visited locales indicated. A jolly jaunt introducing a few classic Big Apple landmarks.
— Randall Enos
Here is a great review from Publishers Weekly for the picture book that I illustrated entitled 12 Days of New York, available for purchase on March 12th.
Bolden (Finding Family) riffs on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in this tour of New York City, chronicled by a visiting teacher and her students: “On our first day in New York,/ Just guess what we did see…/ The Statue of Liberty.” While Bolden’s verse may not be quite as mellifluous as the original, it still provides a satisfying overview of the city’s highlights as the crew treks to Chinatown for “Six Treats Amazing”; Grand Central Station, where there are “Eight Babes a-Bawling”; and the South Street Seaport to hear 12 drummers drumming. Ford’s (Flying Lessons) mixed-media art features chunky India ink outlines and a broad palette that portrays afternoon, twilight, indoor, and outdoor scenes with equal skill. Better yet, while the venues are recognizable, the adventurous perspectives Ford uses (an extreme close-up of the Statue of Liberty’s face, for instance) give them a welcome freshness. A map on a final spread identifies all the stops in the book and points out other areas of interest. Ages 5–8. Author’s agent: Jennifer Lyons, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)
Here is the wrap-around image that will go on the inside cover “hidden” by the Jacket of 12 Days of New York. This inside cover is more arty and painterly than the actual cover jacket, which takes a flatter more art Deco influence. (I’ll post that cover next year.) No one will see this image unless they buy the book- so all of the more reason to own a copy when it hits the shelves in March, 2013!