She’s put her wicked good sense of humor and writing skills to work on a really fun new picture book, The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town. Ard Hoyt’s illustrations play off the text beautifully making this an all round satisfying and funny read. Don’t neglect the end papers! And buy a copy for your favorite librarian!
I first met Mary Casanova at the Children’s Lit Festival in Warrenburg, Missouri. We bonded over consignment store shopping and daughters’ weddings. I’m very very fond of Mary though I do have a hard time understanding how someone cheerfully chooses to live in one of the coldest places in the country: Ranier, Minnesota (though not sure it’s cold right now). Mary is one of those people who cheers you right up every time you chat with her so I wish we got to chat more often.