You should have seen me when Dashka Slater sent me the manuscript for ESCARGOT, a picture book about a French snail who just wants to give kisses ("Mwah!") and be loved. I read it aloud to anybody who would listen, with my terrible French accent.
And then Joy Peskin at FSG fell in love with the little snail, too, and together, she and Dashka tackled a couple of revisions, and each time I read it again, I loved it even more, which I didn't think was possible. More people were burdened with hearing my terrible French accent.
So I am very happy indeed to tell you that Joy has officially signed up this wonderful picture book, and thanks to her creative director, Anne Diebel, we had a perfect match in the art of Sydney Hanson. (It was the bumblebee that really captured our hearts!) The book will be out in spring 2017, and I can hardly wait!
Congratulations, Dashka! As Escargot himself would say, magnifique! (Mwah!)