Friday, January 29, 2010

Kirkus Reviews LUCKY BEANS!

Amazing as it is to even get your book reviewed, it's even more amazing to get favorable ones from sources like Kirkus. I'm chuffed!

Kirkus Reviews, Feb. 1

Birtha, Becky
Illus. by Nicole Tadgell

History proves cyclical with this story of an African-American family living through the Great Depression. “Marshall didn’t feel so lucky. The elbows of his jacket were worn almost all the way through. Dad had been out of work for months, and there was no money.” The story, however, is not one of depression. The family works together to survive and finds moments of love, appreciation and sheer happiness. This moving tale not only relates a little history but also some math, as Marshall helps his mother estimate the number of beans in the furniture-store jar and ultimately wins a new sewing machine, which helps alleviate their dire financial situation. Tadgell’s watercolor illustrations move the story and stir readers’ emotions. A two-page spread of the contestants in the store teaches readers everything they need to know about the characters without a letter of text. Many children today can relate to the family’s challenges, which makes the timing of this picture book sadly relevant. (author’s note) (Picture-book. 5-12)


shadrieka said...

These reviews are so great! Congratulations!!! I can't wait to get a copy of the book. The art looks outstanding~

Shelley said...

I loved that one of the reviews commented on the narrative strength of the two-page "crowd in the store" scene, as that was one of my favorite images.

I got a sneak peek at a galley tonight and had to stop myself halfway through, go back, and read the whole thing out loud.

Fantastic book that I can't WAIT to read with my math-loving son!

Thank you for your work, Nicole.

Nicole Tadgell said...

Wow, thanks!!