I’m so excited to welcome author-illustrator Valentina Mendicino to #TeamMarchini and BookEnds, Jr.!

I just love the humor in her art, and the feel of her characters. I don’t know quite how to describe it, other than when I see her monster characters, I just want to give them a squeeze. They have such a tactile feel about them! I also love that her characters – both monsters and children – have a style that is distinctly Valentina’s (especially in the eyes!)

Valentina is the author-illustrator of The Really Abominable Snowman (Walker Books UK) and The Tragic Tale of Dwayne the Eating Monster (Top That!). She is also the illustrator of Dinosaur Rhyme Time (Faber & Faber) and a number of other book, board game and digital projects.

You can learn more about Valentina and see more of her art in her welcome interview on the BookEnds blog. (And while I can’t share anything yet, she has an author-illustrator project that I’m just so excited to get out there!)

Chicken Wants a Nap by Tracy Marchini

"A surprising gem." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Chicken Wants a Nap is available at Amazon, Barnes & NobleTarget and your favorite independent bookstore!

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