Bookgie Woogie rocks the house. Yup.

I’ve been looking for this blog review ever since it was posted (a while ago). It got lost in the shuffle, but thanks to the good folks at Google, I found it again.

Not only did Review #30 of the fun kids book blog Bookgie Woogie give our book a great review (conducted by a Dad and his two kids Lily and Isaac), discussing what a concrete poem is all about, but the review included fan art inspired by the book!

See for yourself. Fantastic. The first illustration is by Lily, the bottom one is by Isaac. These remind me of the artwork in one of my favorite kids books, Kitten Nell.

Thanks guys.

xm

A Curious Collection of Cats is Honored!

Meowsers!

A Curious Collection of Cats has been awarded an Honor from the Pennsylvania Center for the Book: The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.

From their site: “The national Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children’s Poetry shall be granted annually to an anthology of poetry or a single volume poem published for children in the previous calendar year (as per copyright) by a living American poet or anthologist. The Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children’s Poetry shall be administered by The Pennsylvania Center for the Book and Penn State University Libraries.”

Exciting!

xm

ABC Best Books for Children Features ‘A Curious Collection of Cats’!

Dear Friendlies,

I got a nice big package in the mail from Laura at Tricycle press this weekend. Inside was the catalog from The Association of Booksellers for Children, who have featured A Curious Collection of Cats in their Picture Books section!

A Curious Collection of Cats
Betsy Franco, Illustrated by Michael Wertz

Kids will love the way the words become part of the visual story in this playful collection of concrete poems about cats. From acrobat-flipping to toilet-bowl-sipping, couch-scratching to dog-catching, words and pictures blend together to create a funny celebration of all things feline. Ages 8-12.”

By the way, ABC supports IndieBound! Find out more at http://www.indiebound.org. Support your local indie bookseller!

xm

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast – the interview

Good morning my dears:

A while back, the kind folks at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast did a Q & A with your truly about all things Curious and Cat-like: Behold! These are kind (and smart) folks, and their blog is definitely worth a look-see.

http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1611

xm

Linka Dinka Do!

Today’s Curious Cat Links:

A Curious Collection of Cats on Google Books.

• A CCC reviewed on Poetry for Children.

• A CCC featured on Young Adult Books Central.

• Lots of people love CCC on Good Reads!

xm

Cat Haiku 2 at Kepler’s Books

Here’s Andy and Michael (with Betsy!) performing Cat Haiku 2 at Kepler’s Books in Palo Alto on June 28, 2009.

The deep rhythmic retch
of the tabby’s gags and coughs:
A nasty hairball

xm

A most excellent review from School Library Journal!

Elizabeth Bird from School Library Journal wrote a most glowing (and thorough) review of our book, and we were so pleased. You can check it out here. A friend of mine asked me “is Elizabeth Bird your mom?”

Here’s why:

“For the child that desperately wants a cat, the child who already has a cat, and the child who has never even seen a cat, this is a great book. Basically that’s just a long and complicated way of saying that this book is for everyone. As funny and frisky as a kitty itself, this is one book of poetry you are not going to want to miss. An amazing debut and an amazing collection. Everything you need to know, you’ll learn from these cats.”

Wow.

x michael