Archive for August 25th, 2018

by Sam Juliano

Michigan educator and picture book author Jordan J. Scavone launched his writing career a few years back with the superhero concept book Might-E, a spirited collaboration with Caitlyn Knepka chronicling young Emma who dreamed of herself as a cape wearing superhero, the very antithesis of who she actually was, an easily frightened toddler reduced to sucking on a pacifier in a toy room.  The central theme of confidence building is again a central thrust in The Mud Princess, a fairy tale about Georgia, a free spirit who is as adverse to conformity as she is undaunted by the inevitable scorn and derision that will greet one who plays by their own rules.

Scavone’s enchanting fable is a hybrid of Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and the Caldecott Honor winning The Talking Eggs by Robert San Souci and Jerry Pinkney, works that stress self reliance and just rewards.  Scavone’s illustrative partner this time around is a hair stylist and freelance artist named Monica Guignard, who brings a sturdy measure of saturated watercolor resplendence to a story dominated by fantastical places and mythological fixtures. (more…)

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