WHY THEY WORK… A Review of Selected Recent Picture Books

June 2019 This review was originally prepared for a June 2019 Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI Denver South Connect & Critique group meeting. I hope you find it helpful. Note on page lengths: First is listed page length (including endpapers), second is the number of pages on which the story actually unfolds. Backmatter is not … Continue reading WHY THEY WORK… A Review of Selected Recent Picture Books


The goal: Critique without overwhelming. The problem? It’s really tricky. The solution: Just one more thing… With the talented author Judith Robbins Rose (Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco), I feel very fortunate to lead one of the Connect Groups for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI. Our Denver South Connect & Critique follows … Continue reading CRITIQUING: JUST ONE MORE THING

Leaping into Genres

This past fall, I took a leap. I had wanted to take a more active role in the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI. When an opportunity arose, I volunteered to co-lead a new writing group — the Denver South Connect and Critique. Working with my co-leader, the talented Judy Rose (author of the award-winning Look … Continue reading Leaping into Genres

The thing about jellyfish

By Susan Wroble Ali Benjamin’s book The thing about jellyfish has rightly won well over a dozen awards, from National Book Award Finalist to National Public Radio’s “Great Read of the Year” list. I loved the story, with its themes of friendship and grief, and its sections neatly divided by the parts of the scientific method. … Continue reading The thing about jellyfish