For today’s stop on the DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE blog tour, we have a special treat – a JOINT interview with illustrator Rebecca Gerlings! Joint interviews are extra special because they require extra coordination – especially when the illustrator is from the UK and the author is from NJ! Thank you for having us, Kidlit411! Here’s the link so you can pop on over. (Oh, and there’s a giveaway too!) Happy reading!
What a delightful surprise to have this bright pink yarn-bound book arrive via special delivery right to my doorstep (Thank you, Mrs. Timberlake!) from the cute, hardworking kindergartners in Mrs. DeVestern’s classes at the Ben Franklin School in Edison, New Jersey.
It seems they’ve been learning all about authors, illustrators, picture books, and the magic of putting words and illustrations together. And do my delight, after reading DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE, they decided to write and illustrate their favorite parts of the story. The teacher gathered their responses in a book and had them delivered to me!
Thank you, Mrs. DeVestern and thank you, kindergartners! You did a wonderful job picking the most important and best parts of the story. I shall treasure each and every one of your responses. And now, I’d like to share just a sampling. The last picture is, of course, my thank you note back to them! Aren’t their illustrations and sentences wonderful?
Happy reading, all!
Today I’m delighted to be interviewed by Melissa Stoller over at her blog. Her format is the “3 Question Interview” and for one of the questions I talk about glasses – special glasses (pictured above). Curious? Then, grab a cup of tea and head on over. That’s what I’m doing. I’ll make it easy for you. Here’s the link. Thanks, Melissa for having me!
I’m excited because today Susanna Leonard Hill is featuring DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE as part of her Perfect Picture Book Friday series! Head on over there to find out why she thinks DIVA DELORES makes a great mentor text (Thank you, Susanna!). And after her review, keep reading as I share FIVE FUN FACTS about WRITING THE BOOK! (Oh, and there’s also a giveaway!) So grab that cup of tea and head on over. HAPPY FRIDAY, all!
And here’s the complete list of stops I’ll be making. I hope you will join us each step of the way. =)
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Diva Delores and I are dee-lighted to share with you our first LOCAL interview. Pasted above is the fun promo clip, realtor Sharon Steele posted on Instagram. And here’s the link to the actual interview. Thank you for having us, Sharon!
And TODAY is our BOOK BIRTHDAY!!! Happy Reading, all!
To celebrate the upcoming release of DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE, Sterling Children’s Books is giving away FIVE copies in a pre-release Goodreads Giveaway!
Here’s the scoop: Written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by Rebecca Gerlings, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE tells the story of a new diva and the little mouse who wants to help her, but thinks she deserves BIGGER help than a mouse! Celebrating artistic collaboration and the importance of even the smallest helping hands, it makes a lovely addition to any home, school, or library collection.
Giveaway ends Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 – release day! Click here to get to the GOODREADS GIVEAWAY page. And if you’re not on Goodreads yet, sign up! It’s loads of fun. US residents only for giveaway, per Goodreads rules.
Tell all your friends. Good luck!
Look what landed on my porch today. Six copies of the Korean edition of GOODNIGHT, ARK! The illustrations by Jane Chapman are just as gorgeous as ever and the text looks wonderful. What a delightful experience it is to see my words translated not only into a different language, but into a different language with such a beautiful alphabet. My next goal is to see if one of my Korean-speaking friends will read it to me. Story time, anyone? And will it still rhyme, I wonder? I will find out and let you know.
In the meantime, keep sailing, Noah and friends. First English, then German, then Korean. What language next?
In just three months Diva Delores, the star of my next picture book, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE (Sterling Children’s Books, March 6, 2018) will make her debut, as will her darling sidekick, Fernando. And all of a sudden, last week, it hit me — what will they wear? I mean a diva can’t just wear any old thing to her debut. And neither can her companion. They need to look special. They need to look dazzling. They need to take your breath away. I realized, I better get busy!!!
So, over the holidays, with the help of a couple of sweet elves (a special thanks to Dianne Herrick and Nancy Benz!), and inspired by Rebecca Gerlings wonderful illustrations, we got Diva Delores and Fernando all dressed up and ready to go. Since I plan on attending each and every book event and school visit as well, we pulled together a little something special for me too!
Ready for a sneak peek? Enjoy!
Look what arrived on my porch yesterday afternoon! A package from Sterling containing the proofs for DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE! I’d seen the illustrations in little images on my computer screen, but seeing them full size and on paper makes my heart sing!
My daughter and I spent a nice long while exploring each and every page and enjoying all the little details that I hadn’t noticed before, such as Rebecca’s wonderful use of scratchy strokes to capture the old opera house floors and Delores’ extremely expressive whiskers.
Next stop, (I think), the printer! Thank you, Sterling, and thank you, Rebecca Gerlings, for making this project a reality. I can’t wait for this Diva and her charming Opera House Mouse to make their debuts. (Only 5 month and two weeks from now, but who’s counting? =) )
Today I’m delighted to share with you the cover for my next book, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE (Sterling Children’s Books, Spring 2018), which is scheduled to hit bookstores everywhere this coming March. Illustrator Rebecca Gerlings has a gift for whimsy and I LOVE her depiction of Delores and Fernando, the mouse. I’ve seen the inside too and each and every illustration makes me want to sing! (But, don’t worry, I’ll refrain from letting loose my vibratto.) Instead, I’ll just say, “Thank you, Sterling Children’s Books, for pairing us together and thank you, Rebecca, for bringing this story to delightful life with your illustrations.”
This book is now available for pre-order at several online retailers, should you happen to want to reserve a copy.