How did you spend your Valentine's Day? Maria Gianferrari has a pretty spectacular answer to that question: Why, accepting a two-book offer for her debut picture book deal, of course!
When Maria and I signed together late last year, she had several wonderful picture books that caught my eye. But none warmed my heart quite so much as PENELOPE UNTALENTED, the story of a very creative little girl who is desperately trying to come up with a routine to perform for her school's talent show. With the help of her dog Jelly, and bunches of imagination, she just might end up successful.
To my great delight, PENELOPE UNTALENTED will now be published Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, with the lovely Cynthia Platt as the acquiring editor. The aforementioned two-book deal extends to a not-yet-written companion book, describing another adventure of the irrepressible friends Penelope and Jelly.
Now that's a Valentine's Day to remember—huge congratulations, Maria!