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I know other agents do this kind of thing all the time, but this is a first for me:

Sell an absolutely wonderful picture book text to an incredible editor. And then have that editor come back about a different client of mine illustrating it.

And this is how we have Neal Porter editing I WANT A BOAT, by Liz Garton Scanlon, with art by Kevan Atteberry. Dreamy, right?

Both Liz and Kevan have published with Neal before [see ANOTHER WAY TO CLIMB A TREE and GHOST CAT (with shiny new starred review!)], and I can’t wait to see what magic this team makes together. I WANT A BOAT is the story of an adventure that is powered by ingenuity, hard work, and magical thinking, and it will be out in summer 2021 from Neal Porter’s eponymous imprint at Holiday House.

Can’t wait!