Monday, December 10, 2018

2019 - *NEW* Critique Offerings from THE PICTURE BOOK MECHANIC



*PROFESSIONAL CRITIQUES* available from a multi-published, traditionally published Picture Book Author in both fiction and non-fiction. I am a former professional book reviewer and have served on the Cybils Award Panel for the past three years, both in Fiction Picture Books and Elementary Non-Fiction. At present I have published books with Scholastic, Sterling and Beaming Books and have published magazine articles with Highlights for Children, High Five, Spider Magazine, Family Fun and more. My extensive resume can be provided upon request.

NOTE:

FOR A LIMITED TIME, you can take advantage of my manuscript critique and editing services at a lower cost -- please scroll down to see previous pricing post on this blog.

STARTING January 1, 2019.

New pricing will be capped at one hour, and will be $25.00 an hour. This pricing will be for a limited time, so take advantage by purchasing critique packages. These can be purchased now, and used now OR in the future.

First, here's my BIO:

Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, 2019) and Let’s Eat: Mealtimes Around the World (Beaming Books, 2019) as well as two pending books in the series and more forthcoming. When she's not travelling around the world for her job as a Travel Agent, she lives on a lake in South Florida with her daughter, son, a Schipperke named Anakin and several resident water birds. You can learn more about her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com.

TERMS: Payment received prior to services rendered, in the form of Venmo (@Lynne-Marie-1) Friends and Family Paypal OR Paypal with Fees (LiterallyLynneMarie@Gmail.com). Please note that this pricing is already heavily reduced, so I need to receive the correct payment quote, not a reduced payment with paypal fees taken out.

PLEASE NOTE: If you send the wrong amount by sending Paypal Goods and Services without adding on the Extra Fees, you will need to send a 2nd amount to correct the amount. So please be careful when sending. Either FRIENDS AND FAMILY or PAYPAL FOR GOODS AND SERVICES PLUS FEES (which I believe are around .30 plus 2.9% per transaction) or VENMO (a Paypal App) will be accepted. 

The rates below are for picture books for to 650 words or less. If your picture book is longer that this, there is a $5.00 surcharge for each additional amount up to 150 words. So, for example a Manuscript of  740 words would have a $5 surcharge and a manuscript of 875 words would have a $10 surcharge. If you are adding your 1-2 line pitch at the top, which is fine and highly recommended, please add $2.50 to the total. Honed pitches will get you attention in queries and in twitter pitches so this step is very important!

For these rates you will receive a multi-level, line by line critique which discusses several or all aspects of writing a story (beginning, inciting event, characterization, motivation, stakes, character flaw, attempts at solving the problem, deep dark moment, renewal, ending and take-away value, IN ADDITION to title, word choice, poetic devices, sentence length, point of view, syntax and MORE). Sometimes, I am able share comp titles.  If your manuscript is close, I may recommend a publisher to research.

(SALE) PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE
COST: $25.00 per picture book Manuscript (Full Manuscript up to 650 Words)

NOTE: You can buy more than one of these and get a discount if you PRE-PAY at the time of your first order. For example, $115 will get you five (5) Picture Book Critiques on account.

(SALE) PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE with 10 MIN PHONE CONSULT
COST: $30.00 per picture book Manuscript

NOTE: You can buy more than one of these and get a discount if you PRE-PAY at the time of your first order. For example, $115 will get you FOUR (4) Picture Book Critiques on account, PLUS an extra 10 Minutes of Phone Consultation PER manuscript. Additional time can be added for $5 each additional 10 Mins.

(SALE) PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE / 20 MIN. CONSULTATION
COST: $35.00

NOTE: You can buy more than one of these and get a discount if you PRE-PAY at the time of your first order. For example, $135 will get you FOUR (4) Picture Book Critique / Consultations on account. Additional time can be added for $5 each additional 10 Mins.

ADD-ON FOLLOW-UP CRITIQUES:
COST: $47.50 for One Critique and One Revision Critique, when Purchased TOGETHER.
Follow-up critique on revisions, if not pre-purchased, will be $25.00 and will include a telephone consultation for any portion of 1 hour's time not used up by the critique. PLEASE NOTE this is ONLY if the critique falls in under 1 hours time.

(SALE) ADD-ON COVER LETTERS:
COST: $5.00
Cover Letters, whether pre-purchased or not, will be $5.00.

(SALE) ADD-ON PHONE CONSULT:
COST: $10.00
We will pull up the critiqued manuscript and discuss for 15 minutes. $15 for 1/2 hour.

(SALE) "HONE-YOUR-PITCH" TELEPHONE SESSION:
COST: $10
Each session will be 10 minutes via telephone. PRE-PAY for 6 "Hone Your Pitch Sessions" at $60 and get 1 Pitch Session FREE. Great for cover letter pitches or twitter pitch contests!

(SALE) ADD-ON BIO:
I will edit your bio for your query letter for an additional $5 charge.

Please feel contact me to check in and see if the sale is still valid, and/or for regular rates on pitches, cover letters, picture book manuscripts, chapter books and MORE.

Here is what current clients have said recently:

*NEW* 
What amazes me about you is not only that you send the critiques out so quickly (you must have racing stripes on your red pen), but also that the quality of your critiques are so good. Your fee is darn reasonable, too. J.S.

You are efficient! Thank you so much for your very helpful, speedy feedback! That was one of the most thorough critiques I've ever received. 

I want to say thank you for your critique of my story. I’ve had a chance to review it a few times and your notes and suggestions will be extremely helpful for my revision. I obviously have a lot of work still to do on this story, but I want to continue to develop it into, hopefully a polished manuscript for submission. Your thoughtful and detailed critique has set me in the right direction.

You don't know how much joy you brought me when I saw your critique and that is priceless. Thank you for continuing to motivate me as a fellow writer. Alicia Minor.

Thank you so much, Lynne. Your insights on both of these pieces are incredible. You've given me a LOT to think about and I'm excited to tackle the revisions. Very much appreciated!

Many thanks for the detailed critique! I have already incorporated many of your changes and ideas.

Lynne Marie has been a critique partner for years. She has great insight into what makes a picture book work. And this is a bargain price— buy five! Sherry Hyberger Howard

Many thanks, again, for this extremely insightful and helpful critique! I can't wait to work on revisions.


Wow, you are awesome! I absolutely love the way you’ve commented throughout the document and your insights are just what I need.

Thank you so much and when I get back to revising this story, I’ll have all your suggestions to get me through.


I have never learned so much from someone's critiques as I have from yours. You make me see things so much clearer. They have been thoughtful and honest. You have no clue how much you are teaching me. Thank you SO much. I didn’t know what to expect with my first critique, but Lynne Marie made the entire process painless and enjoyable! My manuscript took so many necessary turns and twists that I didn’t even know I needed! Andrea Jaimes

Wow, you are awesome! I absolutely love the way you’ve commented throughout the document and your insights are just what I need.

Thank you so much and when I get back to revising this story, I’ll have all your suggestions to get me through. K. 

 Thank you for your incredibly helpful feedback!  You have given me a lot to think about.

Feel free to contact me for more testimonials. 

ARE YOU A TRAVELLER *AND* A WRITER? WANT A CRITIQUE X 2 FOR FREE?
For a limited time, if you book a Vacation Package through me as a Travel Agent @PixieVacations.com, I will give you two (2) picture book manuscript critiques of up to 750 words PLUS two (2) 15 minute telephone consultations. Details: Offers available upon final payment and only on packages which are non-refundable or have insurance. Not combinable with other Pixie Perks like Cruise Line Door Decorations, Onboard Credits or Gift Cards.

Friday, December 7, 2018

ROXY SAVES CHRISTMAS by Lynne Marie - My Holiday Hero Story for Susanna Hill's Blog


8th Annual Holiday Contest for Children’s Writers
The judging criteria for the contest is as follows:  
  • 1. Kid-appeal! – These stories are intended for a young audience (ages 12 and under), so we’re looking for stories that children will enjoy and relate to.
  • 2.  Holiday Heroism! – the rules state a Holiday Hero story, so it must be crystal clear that the story is about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever you celebrate, and it must contain a hero and act of heroism in some form! 🙂
  • 3. Quality of story – entries must tell a story, including a main character of some kind and a true story arc even if it’s tiny 🙂  Entries must not be merely descriptions or mood pieces.
  • 4. Quality of Writing: check your spelling, grammar, punctuation etc.  If you’re going to rhyme, give us your best 🙂  Overall writing quality and use of language are also important.
  • 5. Originality and creativity – because that is often what sets one story above another.
  • No Longer than 250 Words.  
ROXY SAVES CHRISTMAS
by Lynne Marie
Word Count 249
“Look! This year, there are more children on my list than ever.” Santa’s brow furrowed.
“Pass me another piece of cranberry walnut pie, please.”

 “Are you sure?” asked Mrs. Claus.
 “Why not?” replied Santa. “I’ll need energy.”

 Pitter patter. Santa landed on the rooftop of his first stop.
 He’d brought a perfect present for little Roxy--the best bouncer in the neighborhood. He popped it into his sack and dropped it down the chimney. He tried to follow.
 “Ho, no!” said Santa. “I’m stuck.”

 Thump!  
 Roxy slipped out of bed.
 Wiggle. Wrestle. Wiggle.  
 She peeked up the chimney. “Oh, no! Santa’s stuck.”
 “Too much pie,” Santa admitted. “And I need to visit all the other children on my list.”
 Roxy thought and thought and thought. “I can help. Santa, did you bring the trampoline I placed on my Christmas list?”
“I sure did,” Santa admitted.
“I know it’s not Christmas morning yet,” said Roxy, “but I need to open it now.”  She sifted through the sack.  “Just a few minutes while I set this up under you.”
She bounced
and bounced
and bounced.
 Finally she sprang up high enough to grab Santa’s boots.  She pulled with all her might.
Santa wedged free.
 They tumbled onto to the trampoline and out of the chimney.
 “You saved Christmas,” said Santa. “But your trampoline is ruined.”
 “That’s OK,” said Roxy. “I got to meet Santa! No one will believe this story. Can we take a selfie?”

 “Ho Ho Ho,” laughed Santa. “Smile!”
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Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, pending) and Let's Eat! Mealtimes Around the World -- illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019) and more, forthcoming. She is an established Children's Writing Mentor, Critiquer and Editor (www.thepicturebookmechanic.com coming soon). Please feel free to e-mail her for current rates at LiterallyLynneMarie@Gmail.com. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

THE CHRISTMAS BOOK FLOOD: Let's Make It An American Tradition

As writers, authors and readers, we truly need to show support of our own children's book publishing industry and BUY books. NOW, in this holiday season, is a wonderful time to do that.

Did you know that Iceland has an annual holiday called Jolabokaflod, which means Christmas Book Flood! For more about this amazing holiday, click here - Christmas Book Flood.

In the Icelandic spirit, this holiday season, I challenge each of you to buy at least ONE holiday book (whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.) and/or any book you like for yourself or as a gift. Post a picture of the book on social media with these hashtags #Jolabokaflod #ChristmasBookFloodUSA #BooksMakeGreatGifts #LiterallyLynneMarie  (and even add some of your own!)

Feel free to check out The Star in the Christmas Play or browse stores and suppliers for holiday and other titles. Let's show the world the power of our own Christmas Book Flood!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE share this post on FB, Twitter, Instagram and/or your Blog!

I truly hope my colleagues, friends and family will join in the fun of this Christmas Book Flood USA and we start a tradition that will come alive and thrive for many, many years to come!

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PLEASE follow this blog so you don't miss any tidbit of information and please feel free to leave any comment or question you may have. I will do my bes to answer all! 

Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, pending) and Let's Eat! Mealtimes Around the World -- illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019) and more, forthcoming. You can learn more about her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com. 

To order the Star in the Christmas Play, click the title.



Saturday, December 1, 2018

LAST CHANCE for The Picture Book Mechanic Manuscript Critiques, Consultations and Mentorships


FOR A LIMITED TIME, you can take advantage of my manuscript critique and editing services at a lower cost. Please be aware that prices will be going up January 1, 2019.

New pricing will be capped at one hour, and will be $25.00 an hour. Other pricing will be provided soon.

For the month of December ONLY, you can pre-purchase packages at the current pricing to be used now or at a later date.

First, here's my BIO:

Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, 2019) and Let’s Eat: Mealtimes Around the World (Beaming Books, 2019) as well as two pending books in the series and more forthcoming. When she's not travelling around the world for her job as a Travel Agent, she lives on a lake in South Florida with her daughter, son, a Schipperke named Anakin and several resident water birds. You can learn more about her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com.

TERMS: Payment received prior to services rendered, in the form of Venmo (@Lynne-Marie-1) Friends and Family Paypal OR Paypal with Fees (LiterallyLynneMarie@Gmail.com). Please note that this pricing is already heavily reduced, so I need to receive the correct payment quote, not a reduced payment with paypal fees taken out.

PLEASE NOTE: If you send the wrong amount by sending Paypal Goods and Services without adding on the Extra Fees, you will need to send a 2nd amount to correct the amount. So please be careful when sending. Either FRIENDS AND FAMILY or PAYPAL FOR GOODS AND SERVICES PLUS FEES (which I believe are around .30 plus 2.9% per transaction) or VENMO (a Paypal App) will be accepted. 

The rates below are for picture books for to 700 words. If your picture book is longer that this, there is a $5.00 surcharge for each additional amount up to 150 words. So, for example a Manuscript of  740 words would have a $5 surcharge and a manuscript of 975 words would have a $10 surcharge. If you are adding your 1-2 line pitch at the top, which is fine and highly recommended, please add $2.50 to the total. Honed pitches will get you attention in queries and in twitter pitches so this step is very important!

(SALE) PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE
COST: $20.18 per picture book Manuscript

NOTE: You can buy more than one of these and get a discount if you PRE-PAY at the time of your first order. For example, $100 will get you five (5) Picture Book Critiques on account.

(SALE) PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE with 15 MIN PHONE CONSULT
COST: $25.18 per picture book Manuscript

NOTE: You can buy more than one of these and get a discount if you PRE-PAY at the time of your first order. For example, $100 will get you FOUR (4) Picture Book Critiques on account, PLUS an extra 10 Minutes of Phone Consultation.

(SALE) PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE / CONSULTATION
COST: $27.68

NOTE: You can buy more than one of these and get a discount if you PRE-PAY at the time of your first order. For example, $100 will get you FOUR (4) Picture Book Critique / Consultations on account.

ADD-ON FOLLOW-UP CRITIQUES:
COST: $25.00
Follow-up critique on revisions, if not pre-purchased, will be $25.00 and will include a telephone consultation for any portion of 1 hour's time not used up by the critique.

(SALE) ADD-ON COVER LETTERS:
COST: $5.00
Cover Letters, whether pre-purchased or not, will be $5.00.

(SALE) ADD-ON PHONE CONSULT:
COST: $5.00
NOW for only $7.00. We will pull up the critiqued manuscript and discuss for 15 minutes. $12 for 1/2 hour.

(SALE) "HONE-YOUR-PITCH" TELEPHONE SESSION:
COST: $10
Each session will be 10 minutes via telephone. PRE-PAY for 6 "Hone Your Pitch Sessions" at $60 and get 1 Pitch Session FREE. Great for cover letter pitches or twitter pitch contests!

(SALE) ADD-ON BIO:
I will edit your bio for your query letter for an additional $5 charge.

Please feel contact me to check in and see if the sale is still valid, and/or for regular rates on pitches, cover letters, picture book manuscripts, chapter books and MORE.

Here is what current clients have said recently:

*NEW* 
What amazes me about you is not only that you send the critiques out so quickly (you must have racing stripes on your red pen), but also that the quality of your critiques are so good. Your fee is darn reasonable, too. J.S.

You are efficient! Thank you so much for your very helpful, speedy feedback! That was one of the most thorough critiques I've ever received. 

I want to say thank you for your critique of my story. I’ve had a chance to review it a few times and your notes and suggestions will be extremely helpful for my revision. I obviously have a lot of work still to do on this story, but I want to continue to develop it into, hopefully a polished manuscript for submission. Your thoughtful and detailed critique has set me in the right direction.

You don't know how much joy you brought me when I saw your critique and that is priceless. Thank you for continuing to motivate me as a fellow writer. Alicia Minor.

Thank you so much, Lynne. Your insights on both of these pieces are incredible. You've given me a LOT to think about and I'm excited to tackle the revisions. Very much appreciated!

Many thanks for the detailed critique! I have already incorporated many of your changes and ideas.

Lynne Marie has been a critique partner for years. She has great insight into what makes a picture book work. And this is a bargain price— buy five! Sherry Hyberger Howard

Many thanks, again, for this extremely insightful and helpful critique! I can't wait to work on revisions.


Wow, you are awesome! I absolutely love the way you’ve commented throughout the document and your insights are just what I need.

Thank you so much and when I get back to revising this story, I’ll have all your suggestions to get me through.


I have never learned so much from someone's critiques as I have from yours. You make me see things so much clearer. They have been thoughtful and honest. You have no clue how much you are teaching me. Thank you SO much. I didn’t know what to expect with my first critique, but Lynne Marie made the entire process painless and enjoyable! My manuscript took so many necessary turns and twists that I didn’t even know I needed! Andrea Jaimes

Wow, you are awesome! I absolutely love the way you’ve commented throughout the document and your insights are just what I need.

Thank you so much and when I get back to revising this story, I’ll have all your suggestions to get me through. K. 

 Thank you for your incredibly helpful feedback!  You have given me a lot to think about.

Feel free to contact me for more testimonials. 

ARE YOU A TRAVELLER *AND* A WRITER? WANT A CRITIQUE X 2 FOR FREE?
For a limited time, if you book a Vacation Package through me as a Travel Agent @PixieVacations.com, I will give you two (2) picture book manuscript critiques of up to 750 words PLUS two (2) 15 minute telephone consultations. Details: Offers available upon final payment and only on packages which are non-refundable or have insurance. Not combinable with other Pixie Perks like Cruise Line Door Decorations, Onboard Credits or Gift Cards.



Saturday, November 10, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Stegothesaurus by Bridget Theos, Illustrated by T. L. McBeth

StegothesaurusTITLE: STEGOTHESAURUS
AUTHOR: Bridget Heos
ILLUSTRATED BY: T. L. McBeth
PUBLISHED: Henry Holt


JACKET FLAP: Once upon a time there were three dinosaurs. A stegosaurus. Another stegosaurus and a stegothesaurus.

Hello! Greetings! Salutations!

He was a little different from his brothers.

SPOILER ALERT: These notes give away the plot of the story.

NOTES: The pleasing rhythm of three beats can be seen here, in the three dinosaurs, the three words in which Stegothesaurus expresses himself, the way that the three each weigh in on what they see/feel, the three things they encounter (clouds, heat, allosaurus), the three attempts Stegothesaurus makes to describe the Allosaurus, the three groups of words they say/share when they spend the day together, and then Stegothesaurus' response to finding out how the Allothesaurus got so smart also had three beats, with three words in each of the first two beats. The text of run, ran, ran might also be considered three beats. And the following three spreads depict three dinosaurs again.  Finally, the resolution features the three each weighing in on their personal suggestions, with Stegothesaurus using three words in his and then the Stegosaurus citing three words for the end of his tale, with the author crossing them out and writing THE END.

I used this as a comp title for one of my dinosaur books, and found it to be interesting. Being a structure girl, I enjoyed the structure, but yet at times felt it was perhaps a bit over much. And while I really did like the subversive twist, I didn't feel the level of character change I might have liked to see. Still, I do think that the premise is extremely clever (hmmm...) and a good book and worth reading and rereading, which is the point.

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PLEASE follow this blog so you don't miss any tidbit of information and please feel free to leave any comment or question you may have. I will do my bes to answer all! 


Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, pending) and Let's Eat! Mealtimes Around the World -- illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019). You can learn more about her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com. 

To order the Star in the Christmas Play, click the title.

Monday, November 5, 2018

A Review of LIBBA: THE MAGNIFICENT MUSICAL LIFE OF ELIZABETH COTTEN by Laura Veirs

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TITLE: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten
AUTHOR: Laura Veirs
ILLUSTRATOR: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2018

JACKET FLAP:

Like a girl doing what she was born to do, Libba played the guitar, upside down and backwards.

Elizabeth Cotten was only a little girl when she picked up a guitar for the first time. It wasn't hers -- it was her big brother's -- and it wasn't strung right -- she was left-handed. But she flipped that guitar up and around and figured out how to play it anyway. By the time she was eleven, she'd written "Freight Train," a song so famous you might even be able to hum it right now. And by the end of her life, everyone from the California beaches to the rolling hills of England knew her music. Libba's trip to success wasn't always stright, and it sure was bumpy, but she never stopped in her tracks. She always kept rolling.

This lyrical, loving book from acclaimed singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and debut illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh tells the story of the determined, gifted, daring Elizabeth Cotten - one of America's greatest folk musicians.

BEGINNING:

Libba Cotten hear music everywhere. 

She heard it in the river when she brought in water for her mother. She heard it in the ax when she chopped wood for kindling. She heard it in the freight trains moving down the tracks near her home. 

NOTES: Written in beautiful, lyrical language and similarly illustrated. It's a wonderful, inspiring story of never losing sight of the track you're on. Even better, if you recognize the song Freight Train, and the names Pete Seeger and Peter, Paula and Mary, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, you will find out some fascinating tie-ins and facts. So this book doesn't just have takeaway value for kids, but for adults too. So well written and so very inspiring!

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PLEASE follow this blog so you don't miss any tidbit of information and please feel free to leave any comment or question you may have. I will do my bes to answer all! 


Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, pending) and Let's Eat! Mealtimes Around the World -- illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019). You can learn more about her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com. 

To order the Star in the Christmas Play, click the title.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

A Review of BLOOM: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear Pictures by Julie Morstad

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa SchiaparelliTITLE: Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
AUTHOR: Kyo Maclear
ILLUSTRATOR: By Julie Morstad
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins, 2018

JACKET FLAP: As a little girl in Rome, Elsa Schiaparelli was told she was not pretty. What is beauty? Elsa wondered as she grew older. So she sought out beauty around her and found it everywhere, in colors and scents of the Rome flower market, in the garden, and in the attic of her family home, buried in a chest of old dresses. She found affection from her dear uncle in Milano.

"Voliamo," said Uncle Giovanni. "Let's fly!"

And Elsa did fly! "Schiap," as she later called herself, developed an artist's eye and imagination. These bloomed in wildly imaginative dresses, hats, shoes and jewelry that made her an important name in fashion. Defining beauty on her own creative and rebellious terms was the key to Elsa Schiaparelli's happiness and success and is still seen today in her legacy of wild imagination. Daring and different, Elsa Schiaparelli used art to make fashion and it was quite marvelous.

NOTES: This book really appealed to my artistic nature, from the title -- a suggestion to bloom, to the topic - a fashion designer and the pleasing chaos of the flowery cover. Elsa presented a flawed main character, which most of us would be able to identify with, as we all lack perfection in one way or another. Being a disappointment was an issue she dealt with during her life, even from the onset, when she was not the boy that her parents had longed for.

I enjoyed the colors, shapes and smells of the palazzo and the piazza and the flavorful words woven throughout, like canella, melone, fiori, Milano and more. I feel for the main character each time I hear the word brutta ("ugly"). I cheered that she made a name for herself and finally set herself free from what he parents and sister thought.

It has such an important message:

To the women I inspire, and the women who inspire me, and the girl I was, who once felt so ugly that she planted seeds on her face. All of us together: We BLOOM and BLOOM.

My rating: 5 out of 5 Peas

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PLEASE follow this blog so you don't miss any tidbit of information and please feel free to leave any comment or question you may have. I will do my bes to answer all! 


Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, pending) and Let's Eat! Mealtimes Around the World -- illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019). You can learn more about her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com. 

To order the Star in the Christmas Play, click the title.