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If I Wrote a Book about You


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Stephany Aulenback lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and two small children. Her stories and articles have been published in a number of literary journals, magazines, and Web sites including McSweeney's, Brain, Child, and The Awl. "Grim Stories" was an honorable mention in the 2006 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Her work has been anthologized in It's a Boy: Women Writers On Raising Sons and Created in Darkness By Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor as well as read aloud on NPR. She has been blogging about children, writing, and children's writing at Crooked House since 2008.

Denise Holmes is an illustrator and designer who lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter, Hazel. When she is not in her studio drawing images of children, trees, and cats, she is reading books, dancing to music, and going on neighborhood walks. You can see her work and read about her latest adventures over at niseemade.com.


If I Wrote a Book About You is a book about the curious places in which we writing our stories on the world, about the power of words, a vocabulary lesson, an exercise in imagination, a record of lovely quotidian things, and the ridiculous extent of parental love. You can also take any of the adjectives that appear within the story-charming, beautiful, clever, precious and sweet--and, like magic, they seem to apply to the book that contains them. - Pickle Me This Blog
School Library Journal PreS-Gr 2-A mother expresses her never-ending love for her daughter by sharing the words that she would use if she were writing a book about her. Each affirmation is expressed in familiar items, like the branches of the tree providing shade for a picnic or dominoes spread out on the floor. Preschool through elementary-aged children will be delighted to find the artfully designed vocabulary on each page, with the older children sounding it out, spelling it, or defining it. Each beautifully simple illustration in shades of orange, turquoise, and brown is reminiscent of another era. The crispness and clarity of each page is refreshing and pleasing. This book is sure to make a fabulous gift for new mothers and should appeal to all who appreciate quality picture books.-Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
MBR Bookwatch, Lorraine's Bookshelf: "If I Wrote a Book About You" is a tender, poignant, "multi-media" book about the wonder of a mother's love for her child. The "multi-media" refers to a mother's choice of message materials - dominoes, tree branches, sand, cracker crumbs, flowers, vegetables, even noodles in the soup! This mom would tell her daughter of her love using the stars in the sky, the freckles on her face, and the wrinkles on her mom's face. Matching the sweet intensity of the narrative, the charming, limited palette of aqua and shades of soft peach illustrations convey a sense of peace, wonder, and security within limitless love. "If I Wrote a Book About You" conveys the amazing certainty of a mother's love, a never ending miracle.

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