Writer Side UP! friends, I have never re-blogged a post on this blog because I’ve never mentally established the boundaries as to what content would or wouldn’t fit or “be fair” in that way. That said after reading this, I couldn’t help myself. I am blown away by everything about this picture book.
In my eyes, everything about this book journey is a lesson/message as much as the book itself. This is a testament to so many things! The value of reading–and research and where that can lead. That it led the author from those “sentence” seeds to Dickens scholars and eventually The Charles Dickens Museum in London is astounding. It feels like it was touched by angels 🙂 And I especially love that, for its author, the book journey has such a “happy ending” 🙂 As she discovered that Charles Dickens did have the wonderful heart his writing conveyed, I discovered about Theodor “Seuss” Geisel. Much has been said against him–falsely–in recent years, and my research, as did hers, revealed that.
Now Charles and Eliza are true role models in this way, emblazoned in this beautiful book. It and the book journey have such extremely poignant and important messages which, in my opinion, are just as meaningful for adults as children. I hope you find this as enjoyable and moving as I have 🙂
Nancy Churnin’s picture book DEAR MR. DICKENS, illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe and published by Albert Whitman & Co is coming out on October 1st.
Nancy has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner in the U.S. mailing territory. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.
Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Nancy and Bethany.
In Eliza Davis’s day, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated living writer in England. But some of his books reflected a prejudice that was all…
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