Heavens. 2 great reviews in one day.

14 Nov

It’s not every morning you discover people tweeting about 2 great reviews about your work. Best. Morning. Ever. Even though my stomach is killing me and I am slogging through the hardest book of my life (excepting that job from long ago of having to clean up after pediatric post-op dentistry. Seriously). And how am I supposed to punctuate that last sentence, the one with the parenthetical hoopla? Grammarians, come to my rescue!

Anyway, check out these reviews! One is at the School Library Journal’s website, from the amazing super librarian Betsy Bird, aka SOMEONE THAT FORBES WROTE ABOUT. Good Lord. This review knocked my socks off. Just, wow. You  might have to wait a bit for the site to load up, so I’ve taken out some choice bits here:

Here you have that rarest of rare beasts, the early early chapter book. Harder than Frog and Toad, easier than Magic Tree House, it’s a transitional title that’s the perfect thing to get kids out of their reading ruts and into the wide and wonderful world of chapters. Lots of books attempt to do that sort of thing, but it takes a delicate hand like Cece Bell’s to also pepper the book with memorable, hilarious characters and a simultaneously familiar and unique plotline.

And this:

When working in her usual picture book vein, Ms. Bell’s books are straightforward in their plots and visuals. Here in Rabbit & Robot she uses her lines to convey the characters’ moods with great verve. Rabbit is as easy to smile as he is prone to overwrought hysterics. Robot, in comparison, is simultaneously laid back and energetic.

And Rabbit & Robot got another great review at 100 Scope Notes, too! This is another great website, run by super elementary school librarian Travis Jonker. Here’s what Mr. Jonker has to say:

Readers who enjoy some silliness will find much to like in this pair of friends. Expect laughs when Robot takes apart the kitchen table to complete his pizza, and when the TV remote goes missing in Rabbit’s ear. There are moments of honest friendship as well, as the friends compromise and help each other out.

The illustrations were created digitally – you coulda fooled me. It seems like the theme of my life these days is not being able to tell when computers were used to create artwork. The palette is soft and the line work is bold, making for eye-catching results.

Thanks, Betsy and Travis!

As Robot would say, “I have reviewed today’s data, and the result is, today is a good day.”

10 Responses to “Heavens. 2 great reviews in one day.”

  1. sketchysteven November 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Awesome!!! Congrats!

  2. creslibrary November 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I second Robot’s opinion. This is a good day to celebrate your amazing talents, CeCe. Way to go! 😉 Margo in a Virginia library in the Shenandoah Valley

    • Cece Bell November 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      Thanks so much, Margo! I’ll be in touch about February. Best to you!

  3. jeangalloway November 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    How wonderful Cece! You are so creative and I’m not surprised at all. You are one of our local heroes!

    Warm regards, Jean Galloway

    • Cece Bell November 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Thanks, Jean! Not sure “hero” is quite the right word. Local nut is more like it!

  4. jama November 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    WooHoo! Hooray and hooray!!

    *cartwheels* *back flips* *high fives*

    (Quite a feat at my age.)

    Congrats, Cece :D!

    • Cece Bell November 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      I would love to see all these gymnastic feats! Can I hold you to it, should we ever meet?

      • jama November 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

        Only if I get milk and cookies afterwards :).

  5. madelyn rosenberg November 15, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    Throw away your flashlights! Those glowing reviews are all you need! Well deserved, too!

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