“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
Ryan asks: I have a question about writing a query letter to an agent for a picture book I've written and illustrated and I'm wondering if you would lend your opinion. Under any circumstance do you feel it's appropriate to send a link to a pdf of my...read more
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