Jan Brett is on tour and bringing her book bus to nearby Portsmouth, NH! Emmy and I are beyond excited to see one of our all time favorite authors and illustrators. We have quite a collection of Jan Brett books and Emmy often chooses these for her daily homework reading.
Jan will be visiting 23 cities and towns to celebrate her new book, The Turnip. She will be giving a book talk and an illustration demonstration at each signing. When I told Emmy that we would be going to see Jan Brett, she immediately asked if Hedgie would be there! Yes, Hedgie will be there. I am so grateful that Emmy gets this excited about an author/illustrator and that we can share this experience together. Click HERE if you would like to see if Jan is coming to a town near you!
With the upcoming release of her book The Turnip, Jan Brett brings another original twist to a favorite folk tale. Jan, with her husband Joe, travels all over the world to get inspiration for her books. When they were in Russia, Jan was reminded of a simple carved wooden toy given to her by a friend. The toy showed three people and a bear struggling to pull up a large turnip. This was all it took for Jan to start imagining a story about a giant turnip.
Jan wondered if readers would believe a turnip could be as big as she wanted to make it. She remembered someone who grew pumpkins to be over nine hundred pounds and decided that it could definitely happen. Once again we see animal characters in beautiful clothes that show the culture of where this story takes place ~ Russia. And, of course, the borders on the pages are full of beautiful illustrations offering the reader a further peek into the story.
I haven't told Emmy the twist in this story yet, but I know it will give her lots of laughs! I'm not going to spoil it for you either. Look for the book The Turnip to hit book shelves on November 3, 2015.