A Kirkus Suprise!

My lovely editor at Holt passed along this recent review of Boo's Surpise. It was a real treat to follow-up on Besty's/Boo's adventures from the first book, and I was especially pleased by the sentance or two regarding the illustrations :) Available on August 4th!

Byars, Betsy
Boo's Surprise
Illus. by Erik Brooks

Boo’s imagination continues full force in this gentle sequel to
Boo’s Dinosaur (2006). Boo styles herself the “luckiest girl in the world” when she discovers a spotted egg hatching in her yard. She and her dinosaur develop a rich friendship, jumping rope, playing hopscotch and pretending to be cowboys together. Her upbeat voice depicts her supportive friendship with her playmate: “He has wings. He just doesn’t know how to use them yet.” With her magic cape held tight, Boo teaches him how to fly, and he soars away, leaving behind a memento for Boo and her older brother to share. Convincing family relationships enhance Boo’s experiences; child-centered dialogue abets the taut pacing. Engaging double-page drawings extend the text with humor and warmth. Brooks’s illustrations vary shading to depict the fully realized characters. The dinosaur’s dynamic expressions provide a warm immediacy to the engaging plot, and Boo’s bouncy pigtails convey her youthful exuberance. The successful balance between fantasy and realism creates a satisfying chapter-book selection. (Fantasy. 5-9)


Craig Orback said...

Thiis looks great! Look forward to seeing your latest.

Erik Brooks said...

Thanks Craig. Not sure when I'll be over in Seattle next, but I'd love to see your studio sometime. The CAN MAN art on Facebook has been great too!