Drowned City: Great Review from NY TIMES & Editor’s Choice!

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August 9, 2015 NY Times Sunday Book Review HERE. Also Times Editor’s Choice! “This book could almost make its point on the powerful illustrations alone, but Brown’s precise language secures the historical details in an unforgettable way.”

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Hurray, 5 Starred Reviews for DROWNED CITY!

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* “An excellent chronicle of the tragedy for a broad audience; children, teens, and adults will all be moved.” —Kirkus, starred review   *  “Lively, dynamic sketching gives the artwork a sense of urgency and immediacy. It is as important to tell the story of a nation’s failures as it is to record its triumphs, […]

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LA TIMES: Kids will love Drowned City

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LA TImes picked Drowned City for its summer reading list!

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Robert McCloskey & Emporia State University

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While visiting Emporia State University’s May Maasee Collection. Maasee was a legendary children’s book editor and the collection has some extraordinary pieces, including early Robert McCloskey sketches.

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William Allen White Award Festivities

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I received the William Allen White Award in Emporia, Kansas on Saturday, October 4, 2014. I was joined by co-winner, Helen Frost, the extraordinary author of Hidden. We were warmly embraced by the people of Emporia as well as kids from across Kansas. Our host, John Sheridan, Dean of Libraries and Archives, made our visit […]

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Towner Award Nomination for Dust Bowl!

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The Towner Award is sponsored by the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) and is awarded to an outstanding non-fiction book intended for students in grades two through six. In the spring students will be asked to vote on which title they liked best, with the results being made public in early May. It’s a great […]

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William Allen White Children’s Book Award

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I received the exciting news that America Is Under Attack won the William Allen White Children’s Book Award for 2014. The award was established  by Emporia State University in 1952 to honor the memory of one of Kansas’s most distinguished citizens. It is meant to encourage children to read and enjoy books. During the  awards celebration […]

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He Has Shot the President!

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He Has Shot the President!, my book recounting Lincoln’s assassination and the capture of John Wilkes Booth, was published by Roaring Brook Press in April, the 150th anniversary of the tragedy. It was enthusiastically received; A wonderful review here. A nifty slideshow of some of my art can be seen here.

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New Work Sketches

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I’m working on two exciting projects, Drowned City and Aaron and Alexander. The former tells the tell the story of the Hurricane Katrina and the disaster that it brought to New Orleans in 2005. I bring a graphic novel style to the tale. The 96 page book will perfect for 10 to 12 year-old readers. […]

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Orchard School

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My presentation to Orchard School marked my fourth visit to a Ridgewood, New Jersey school! The Orchard School community were welcoming and and enthusiastic! Librarian Maureen LaBarr was a terrific host and a fun lunch partner!    

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