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Resource Links rates Sun Dog as an Excellent picture book in the June 2018 issue

Posted on June 15th, 2018 by pajamapress

Cover: Sun Dog Author: Deborah Kerbel Illustrator: Suzanne Del Rizzo Publisher: Pajama Press“Rating: E…

The story is very exciting and full of local colour. The amazing illustrations are done with polymer clay and acrylic paint. They are beautifully rendered in wonderful colours and textures. They reflect the puppy nature and local scenery with great affection.

This book could possibly be an award winner!”

Thematic Links: Sled Dogs; Arctic Circle; Tundra; Courage
—Isobel Lang

Read the full review on page 4 of the June 2018 issue of Resource Links

Sun Dog is “a beautifully illustrated, impeccably written tale” says Storytime with Stephanie

Posted on June 7th, 2018 by pajamapress

SunDog_WebsiteSun Dog by Deborah Kerbel and Suzanne Del Rizzo is a beautifully illustrated, impeccably written tale about a little sled dog pup who dreams of running with the big dogs….

Sun Dog is a lovely little story that will speak to all little children, who are just desperate to be bigger and older. One of the most common things I hear in my day job as a preschool teacher and mom is “I wish I was a grownup!” Juno is every child who is clamouring to have more responsibility and autonomy. Plus, she is just so darn cute!…Children will love and be inspired by the [polymer clay] illustrations by Suzanne Del Rizzo. All of the illustrations are so vibrant and full of incredible details and mixes of colours to capture the beautiful sky in the far north.”

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Canadian Bookworm calls Sun Dog “a lovely story of the connection between Juno and her boy”

Posted on May 27th, 2018 by pajamapress

SunDog_Website“This is a lovely story of the connection between Juno and her boy, but also of the high Arctic days, and the animals who call that part of the world their home.

The illustrator of this book uses polymer clay as one element of the illustrations and I loved the effect. She brings alive Juno’s playfulness (I particularly liked the picture with the sock) and the beautiful environment Juno and her boy live in. The flowers look so real, I wanted to smell them!

A great book, especially for youngsters with their own special dog.”

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CM Magazine calls Sun Dog “poetic…dreamy…interesting and unique…”

Posted on April 10th, 2018 by pajamapress

SunDog_Website“Kerbel’s poetic detail places the reader in a calm town on top of the world at a time before anyone else is awake and where the wind is lighter than a whisper….Del Rizzo’s textured illustrations in polymer clay pair incredibly well with the acrylic wash of the sky, creating a dreamy image of the midnight sun. Each illustration adds a new dimension to the story, encouraging readers to find hidden meaning in the illustration’s detail….This interesting and unique story could lead to scientific conversations with younger children about life in the Arctic, diverse tundra animals, and the sun cycles in a fun and engaging way, as well as the take-home message of displaying true bravery. In addition to the text, which depicts the romantic landscapes of the tundra and the magical feeling of being on top of the world, Kerbel also includes information on the endpapers about the majestic midnight sun and the atmospheric optical phenomenon called sun dog, both being her inspiration for Sun DogHighly Recommended.
—Mallory Dawson is the Teen Advocate Librarian at Vaughan Public Libraries

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My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo is a Quill & Quire “2017 Books of the Year” selection

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by pajamapress

MyBeautifulBirds_WebsitePajama Press is proud to announce that My Beautiful Birds by award-winning author-illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo is a 2017 Quill & Quire Books of the Year selection.

Quill & Quire “is the magazine of the Canadian book trade….The magazine reviews around 400 new titles each year, offering the most comprehensive look at Canadian-authored books in the country.” Learn more here.

Pajama Press extends our congratulations to Suzanne Del Rizzo, and our sincerest thanks go to Quill & Quire for their commitment to championing and promoting Canadian publishing.

Other notable acclaim for My Beautiful Birds includes winning the 2017 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature, honor book selection for the 2017 Middle Eat Book Award, a New York Times Notable Books selection, a 2017 OneBook for Kids, One San Diego selection, a Junior Library Guild selection, and nomination for the 2017 Cybils Award for Fiction. My Beautiful Birds is also a NECBA Windows & Mirrors Fall 2017 selection, and a selection among Betsy Bird’s “2017 Books I’m Really Looking Forward To”.

My Beautiful Birds is the winner of the Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature

Posted on November 15th, 2017 by pajamapress

MyBeautifulBirds_WebsitePajama Press is excited to announce that My Beautiful Birds by author-illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo is the winner of the 2017 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature.

The Malka Penn Award “is given annually to the author of an outstanding children’s book addressing human rights issues or themes, such as discrimination, equity, poverty, justice, war, peace, slavery or freedom.”

Pajama Press extends our congratulations to Suzanne Del Rizzo. Our sincerest thanks go to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center for their commitment to human rights education and their support of children’s literature.

Other notable acclaim for My Beautiful Birds includes a New York Times Book Review, a 2017 OneBook for Kids, One San Diego selection, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and nomination for the 2017 Cybils Award for Fiction. My Beautiful Birds is also a NECBA Windows & Mirrors Fall 2017 selection, and a selection among Betsy Bird’s “2017 Books I’m Really Looking Forward To”.

 

My Beautiful Birds “serves as a tribute to all those families who[se] homes have been taken from them” says Through the Looking Glass

Posted on October 10th, 2017 by pajamapress

MyBeautifulBirds_Website“…When you live in a peaceful place where there is no war or conflict, it is hard to imagine what it is like to lose everything. It is hard to imagine what it is like to be a refugee. Unfortunately, today more people have been displaced by conflict and natural disasters than ever before.

One of the places where these displacements are taking place is Syria, a country that has been ripped apart by war. In this story we meet a Syrian child whose whole life is turned upside down when his hometown is destroyed. We watch as he struggles to adjust to his new existence in a refugee camp, and as he longs for what he used to have.

Beautifully written, and illustrated using polymer clay and acrylic, this picture book serves as a tribute to all those families who have had to venture out into the unknown when their homes have been taken from them.
—Marya Jansen-Gruber

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Midwest Book Review says My Beautiful Birds is “an excellent introduction of the experience of refugees”

Posted on September 6th, 2017 by pajamapress

MyBeautifulBirds_Website“It’s unusual to find stories about the Syrian civil war geared to picture book readers; but young audiences with adult assistance will find this an excellent introduction of the experience of refugees through the eyes of a young boy who dreams for something better.”

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Wander, Ponder, Write calls My Beautiful Birds “beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated”

Posted on August 23rd, 2017 by pajamapress

MyBeautifulBirds_WebsiteMy Beautiful Birds is a beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated book about a young boy coping with the loss of pets and home and adapting to life in a refugee camp….Del Rizzo’s illustrations are the perfect compliments to the story. While they are detailed enough to convey emotion well, because they appear as theatrical vignettes, they provide some distance for the reader from a story which tackles a difficult subject.”
—Patricia Nozell

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Children’s Books Heal says “My Beautiful Birds is an excellent addition to any school library”

Posted on August 22nd, 2017 by pajamapress

MyBeautifulBirds_Website“…Del Rizzo’s exquisite polymer clay illustrations add depth and a life-like dimension to Sami’s story….I appreciated that the author focused on the refugee crisis that is affecting the most innocent and vulnerable, children. She doesn’t address political themes in the book, but focuses on the humanity of the situation for children displaced from their homes in Syria….My Beautiful Birds is an excellent addition to any school library. It is age-appropriate and an introductory story about children who are displaced because of war or natural disasters.”
—Patricia Tilton

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