One of my critique partners was the late great Kate Dopirak.
Even though my life and the lives of countless others have not been the same without her, Kate left behind a wonderful message for for all of us. That message can be found in her new book, HURRY UP! A Book About Slowing Down which is illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.
The book opens with a character who is in a rush.
As the story continues, however, the character realizes the wonder and beauty that can be found by slowing down.
And just look at this glowing STARRED review from Kirkus:
“The spare, rhyming text is fun to read aloud, and it conveys a too-familiar feeling of helter-skelter frenzy that settles into a friendlier pace suited to attention to the world and then relaxation. The illustrations use rows of chairs, rows of houses, crowds of children, and flying papers to represent chaos, competition, and stress, then close-ups, panoramic views, and saturated colors to show the sources of calm and restorative slowness. This story is sure to strike a chord with many a modern family; it’s a wonderful addition to a bedtime collection to settle in with at the end of a hectic day.
Hurry up and buy this charming book. (Picture book. 3-8)“
I interviewed Kate a couple of times here at Picture Book Builders.
I think her warmth and personality shine through in these posts. I hope you will revisit them.
This post features You’re My Boo, illustrated by Lesley Breen Withrow.
This post features Twinkle, Twinkle Little Car, illustrated by Mary Peterson.
Now HURRY UP and grab a copy of Kate’s new book. You can find one right here!
Then slooooow downnnn and enjoy the read.
For a chance to win a copy of Hurry Up!, just comment on this post and/or share on Twitter. Please include @SauerTammi with your post. Special thanks to Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster for providing the book.