Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Review in the New York Times...

...for my new book, a collaboration with writer Lester Laminack, Snow Day!

And I dare say, they didn't hate it. I personally do love the New York Times. I once received a review there, however, that left me feeling as though our relationship was less than mutual. Having not been reviewed by them several other times, I consoled myself with the knowledge that they'd once deemed a book of mine important enough to hate, which is still a privilege enjoyed or wept over by precious few. And now, by golly, another review, and subtly positive!

My sincere tongue-removed-completely-from-my-cheek-I-swear-it thanks to Ms. Julie Just for penning said review. It's only fair to note as well that the same Ms. Just wrote a very nice review of my book with Louise Borden, "The Last Day of School" in 2006, which was also printed in the New York Times.


January 13, 2008

Written by Lester L. Laminack. Illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Peachtree. $16.95. (Ages 4 to 8)

“So much snow, even the buses can’t go. No — so much snow even the teachers can’t go.” That pretty much sums up the appeal of a cheerful tribute to muffled, white, unexpected days off, with pictures of blue-white, gleaming snow piling up to the sill as a grave-looking forecaster on TV raises hopes for a big storm. All the excited visions of children making snow angels and speeding down a sledding hill are a diversionary trick: at the end we find out who really wanted the snow day.

-Julie Just


aimee wieland said...

Adam...I'm Clint Wieland's wife and I'm a 2nd grade teacher. I just wanted you to know that at the NJEA convention, this book was chosen as one of the top books for 2007 by Dr. Lace Cassidy. It was one of 40 books!
Cool! :)

Adam said...

Wow, that is nifty.
Thanks Aimee.

...and nice to meet you!

Sarah said...

Nice! Congrats, Adam... well deserved.

dugbuddy said...

The Times review reads as if she has some underlying unresolved conflict with either winter or snow days.

As somebody said, the only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about. So congrats on the Times review, and sorry you got stuck with someone who sat on a thumbtack as they reviewed it. -db