One of the hardest parts about doing a picture book deal for an author client is the endless wait to hear who the illustrator will be--and we often wait to announce the deal until the illustrator is in place, so it's double the agony. Not so for John Micklos, Jr.! John is the author of 16 books for young readers, and his newest sold to the first editor who saw it. When we heard the editor was about to go on a lengthy leave, we settled in to wait for her return before we had illustrator news--only to find she'd managed to nail it down in a matter of a couple of days! Here's the news:
DADDY POEMS and MOMMY POEMS author John Micklos, Jr.'s untitled rhyming text combining counting, colors and the seasons, illustrated by A BED FOR BEAR artist Clive McFarland, to Nancy Paulsen at Nancy Paulsen Books, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author and Anne Moore Armstrong of Bright Group International for the illustrator (world).
(Have you seen A BED FOR BEAR? Adorable!)
Huge congratulations, John!