In a swell convergence of upcoming news and recent interest, I bring you author-illustrator Melissa Sweet and her latest picture book, Balloons Over Broadway. (The link to the book goes to the excellent blog The Classroom Bookshelf, where every Monday a new post appears, reviewing a book for children or young adults along with tips to aid in using that book in the classroom. Awesome resource.) Balloons Over Broadway is created in Sweet’s truly engaging style, which incorporates assemblage, collage, drawing and painting. The book tells the story of Tony Sarg, puppeteer and creative whiz who is the man responsible for inventing the balloons used in the annual Thanksgiving Day Macy’s parade. Like Kevin Clash and his journey toward Being Elmo, Sarg’s love and mastery of puppets grew out of a lifelong habit of tinkering, problem solving and story telling. My kind of guy. The book is charming and inspiring, both visually and in its depiction of the puppeteer. With over 100 books to her credit, Sweet’s sure style still manages to be fresh and unique, marrying her love of non-fiction with the winsome storytelling that only words accompanied by pictures can achieve.
Melissa Sweet will be giving a keynote in the upcoming 21st annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Western Washington conference. So excited to meet her and hear her speak. The conference is sold out (See? Procrastinating does not always pay off!) but we’ll be blogging and tweeting the goodness over three days of workshops, learning and glorying in community. Links here and on Twitter to come.
Passover and Easter cheer – have a renewing week!