Thursday, September 11, 2008


The Washington University school paper, The Record, did a nice story and interview with me in their Candenza section yesterday, in connection with the release of the Abe Lincoln book. I'm making buttons for the opening as we speak. Another good review:

"In 1816, seven-year-old Abe and his friend Austin go down to see Knob Creek, swollen and turbulent after heavy rains, and decide to use a log to cross it. When Abe falls into the water, Austin saves his life and Abe promises that he’ll never forget it. Even when he’s the president of a war-torn country, Abe fondly remembers his old friend. That’s the short version of the story, but this unusual and often amusing picture book offers much more than an illustrated reminiscence. Hopkinson sets a folksy tone at the beginning, saying that she liked this old tale so much that she’s asked her friend John “to help out by drawing some pictures.” The accompanying maplike ink-and-watercolor artwork shows the landscape of the Kentucky setting along with several elements of the narrative, even as the hand and brush of the illustrator get caught in the act of creating the scene. Hopkinson’s comments to herself, her audience, and her friend (the artist) will increase children’s awareness of the choices that go into telling a tale, even a supposedly true tale, and illustrating it. On the closing pages, the restatement of the moral is funny as well as thought provoking. Rewarding on many levels, this high-spirited picture book is an engaging example of metafiction for the younger set." — Carolyn Phelan


Kyle T. Webster said...

Congrats, John. That's a wonderful review.

Kristen said...

Congrats on the book. I just found your blog and I am going to go see if a book store down here in Huntsville, AL has the book. Did you also do the illustrations for "The Giant Rat of Sumatra" and "How to Save your tail"...just curious. - Kristen H

John Hendrix said...

Thanks Kristen.
Yes, I did the pair of rat books. Those are just black and white interior drawings.

Kristen said...

Well, I have to say, I got the book and I am glad I did. It is a great storey and the ill. are great. Wonderful job!