“Marchini’s story and economy of telling display the chicken as total id, and Felix’s pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are genuine works of art. A surprising gem.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Early readers will enjoy following Chicken through her barnyard adventure and will be able to decode objects and emotions easily due to the well-defined expressions of the animals…A welcome addition to…preschool or kindergarten collections, come rain or come shine.” – School Library Journal
From The Blog
Congratulations Charlene Chua, who will illustrate The Wind Plays Tricks by debut author Virginia Howard! I've been able to see the sketches and drafts and I just love Charlene's barnyard characters and color palette. I can't wait to see the...read more
Reader question: What if an agent or editor says my book is too similar to something already on the market?
Today's reader question is from Deborah. She asks: What do you do when an editor/agent points out that your book is too similar to another (published five years ago)? Do you keep submitting to others or think about re-writing your story?...read more
I've had to sit on this news for a bit, but I'm so excited to share that Ginny Wiehardt and her fantastic middle grade manuscript have joined #TeamMarchini at BookEnds! You can read Ginny's interview over on the BookEnds blog. I always know that I'm...read more
Reader question: Should I follow up with the agent and their colleague that referred me when querying?
Today we have a reader question about referrals when querying. A reader asks: I received an excellent review of one of my picture books from the president of a literary agency. She suggested that if I would like representation to submit it to...read more
Jessica Faust, James McGowan and I have been hard at work over at BookEnds on what we hope will be a new, fun and informative project for new and experienced authors and illustrators - or those that are just curious about the publishing business. We're...read more
Happy Book Birthday to the first picture book ever sold by BookEnds - Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie's Shark Nate-O! Nate loves sharks so much that he constantly pretends to be one. But while he’s fin-tastic at chomping, Nate has one big problem -- he can’t...read more