Now I know I shouldn’t say anything mean about Bonny Becker; after all, the dear thing’s in my critique group. But — don’t tell anyone I said this — the girl just doesn’t work very hard. I mean, all those awards for A Visitor For Bear have made her positively lazy. She only has two books coming out next week.
Yup, on September 8, the world not only gets another chance to visit with Bear and Mouse in A Birthday for Bear (Candlewick),
they will get to read what I think is the 21st century’s take on Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, The Magical Ms. Plum (Knopf).
I was lucky enough to read both books in manuscript and while Birthday is a smasher, because of my fondness for chapter books, Ms. Plum has completely stolen my heart. Talk about a book with universal appeal — it’s got magic, miniature animals and a classroom full of endearing and definitely-not-perfect kids.
Way to go, Bonny!