Sunday, August 22, 2010

Smoky and the Feast of Mabon Book Review

written by

Catherynne M. Valente

illustrated by

W. Lyon Martin

Smoky is enchanted with flowers and loves spending time digging, pruning and planting away in her mommy's garden.  As the fall approaches and the flowers die, she is saddened by their loss and the emptiness of the garden.  In order to ease her pain she ventures on a walk in the forest where a candlelit feast awaits her. The table is laced with scrumptious foods and decadent desserts.  Smoky is welcomed to the table by a circle of woodland animals, baby new year and the Goddess Equinox.  Here they celebrate Mabon, the start of fall by feasting and dancing all through the night.  Smoky learns that change in nature is good and should be cherished.


This beautifully illustrated book, full of rich reds, blue hues and subtle green watercolors and India ink adds to the vibrancy and charm of Smoky's world.  Playful phrases abound when Valente compares flowers to lollipops.  "Tangy pine smells" and "burning wood" capture the essence of  fall, when the smell of something new and wonderful ignites the senses.  This enchanting, hopeful story reminds young readers and old alike of the magic of the seasons, the earth and how all endings have a beginning.

Want to read for yourself, click here!

-Kids Book Junky

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Feeling Inspired!

Feeling inspired by writeoncon, what a wonderful resource for kids lit writers, everything from PB to MG to YA.  I have been reading and watching all the wonderful chats/vlogs and forum goodies for days now and still have a ton of things to look over!  Meeting other aspiring writer's and getting free advice and tips from industry pros has been invaluable to my writing.  I can't wait till next year when I get to enjoy it all over again!  Plus nanowrimo is only a few short months away!! 

Woot, I love the wonderful world of kidlit!  If you haven't gotten a chance to check it out, hop on won't be disappointed!!

Happy writing!

-Kids Book Junky