The Weekly 411 (4/7/23)
|© Melissa Mwai
April 7, 2023 vol. 14
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About the Author: Candace Spizzirri writes children’s books with humor and heart in prose and in rhyme. She holds a degree in child psychology with an emphasis on emotional development. Passionate about education, Candace co-founded an elementary school and high school in southern California. She now splits her time between SoCal and Pennsylvania. Candace loves spending time with her husband, two grown children, daughter-in-law, and five grandkids. Finley: A Moose on the Caboose is her second picture book. Her debut, Fishing with Grandpa and Skye, was released with Spork in 2022. Candace joyfully spends time most days writing and honing her craft.
About the Illustrators: Chantelle and Burgen Thorne are internationally published illustrators, specializing in children’s books. In the last three years, they’ve illustrated 10 trade books - 2 of which have won international awards (Readers Favourite Gold Medal for The Real Farmer in the Dell, Skipping Stones Honor Award for Wanda).
They have a long history in creating art for education and their work has been featured in over 1000 readers and text books worldwide. Most recently, their work in Kantiga finds the Perfect Name was selected for the IBBY 2022 honours list for Best Illustration in South Africa.
About the Book: In this humorous and endearing story, blending both Easter and Passover, a young boy wants the Easter Bunny to bring his stepsister something special in the Golden Egg. He suggests various Passover items. But even after squishing and squashing, the Easter Bunny can’t make any of them fit. In the end, the boy does more than find something special. He saves his new sister’s favorite part of Passover. They learn that celebrating together, hunting for Easter Eggs or the Afikoman, makes the holidays even better.
It’s a joyful, engaging read perfect for culturally blended families and delightful for all readers. The playful rhymes will keep kids giggling and Janie’s family matzo ball soup recipe included at the end is to die for.
About the Author: Janie Emaus is the author of the picture book Latkes for Santa Claus and the novel The Time Traveling Matchmaker. Her essays and stories have been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and websites. She resides in Winnetka, California, where she celebrates both Passover and Easter in the spring and Hanukkah and Christmas in winter. Her blended family is the inspiration for her stories.
About the Illustrator: Bryan Langdo has illustrated more than forty books for children, including Latkes for Santa Claus and Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat, which he also wrote. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, their two teenagers, three cats, and three dogs.