Linda Ravin Lodding works abroad in media and public affairs for the United Nations. Suzanne Beaky is the illustrator of the Hailey Twitch chapter book series and several picture books. She is a recipient of the Ellen Dolan Memorial Mentorship Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Missouri. She lives in Kirksville, Missouri.
"This book is a joyful and funny reminder to kids and parents alike about the importance and power of play..." Chr(45)Darell Hammond, New York Times best-selling author and CEO of KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play' for America's children. - "...There's great energy in both Lodding's storytelling and Beaky's bright acrylic illustrations. The valuable lesson is all the more effective for being shown, and not preached..." Chr(45)Kirkus Reviews - "...Lodding's prose is studded with punny quips and names... Beaky provides acrylic caricatures that really take off once Ernestine and her nanny start to mix up her schedule..." Chr(45)Publishers Weekly - "Beautifully illustrated and charmingly written... a funny, warm-hearted and insightful story about one child's need and right to play Chr(45) and how she cleverly educates the adults around her about the importance in play in everyday life." Chr(45)Morgan Leichter-Saxby, London- and Cardiff-based lecturer on children's right to free, local, and open-ended play, and blogger at PlayEverything.