rWahoo! Today is the day my first-ever picture book comes out: it's POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller and published by Firstsecond. It's an epic tale of toy-hacking, bedtime-avoidance and monster-slaying.
The book's birthday is attended by a superb and glowing review from Kirkus:
"The lights are out, and the battle begins. She knows the monsters are coming, and she has a plan. First, the werewolf appears. No problem. Poesy knows the tools to get rid of him: silver (her tiara) and light. She wins, of course, but the ruckus causes a 'cross' Daddy to appear at her door, telling her to stop playing with toys and go back to bed. She dutifully lets him tuck her back in. But on the next page, her eyes are open. 'Daddy was scared of monsters. Let DADDY stay in bed.'
"Poesy keeps fighting the monsters that keep appearing out of the shadows, fearlessly and with all the right tools, to the growing consternation of her parents, a Black-appearing woman and a White-appearing man, who are oblivious to the monsters and clearly fed up and exhausted but used to this routine.
"Poesy is irresistible with her brave, two-sided personality. Her foes don’t stand a chance (and neither do her parents). Rockefeller’s gently colored cartoon art enhances her bravery with creepily drawn night creatures and lively, expressive faces.
"This nighttime mischief is not for the faint of heart. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Kirkus joins Publishers Weekly in its praise: "Strikes a gently edgy tone, and his blow-by-blow account races to its closing spread: of two tired parents who resemble yet another monster."
Last Sun, my daughter Poesy - the protagonist's namesake - and I went to our local indie @darkdel to sign 100+ pre-orders; there are a few left in inventory, and we're planning on another round in the coming weeks if you'd like a signed copy.
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