an illustration for the Boston Globe
for the review of
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
By Jill Lepore
a painting of Rosalind Franklin for Julia Rothman’s book project, The Who, the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Accomplices of History.
Rosalind’s ” X-ray photograph of DNA was the critical piece of evidence that allowed James Watson and Francis Crick to accurately describe the structure of DNA in 1953. But Rosalind Franklin did not share their accomplishment, their fame, or their Nobel Prize.”
some nice reviews for “Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter ” that came out this fall
Publishers Weekly starred review:
With their customary novelistic depth and nuance, Best and Potter, the team behind Three Cheers for Catherine the Great! and other titles, tell the story of a girl named Beatrice whose initially rocky relationship with spelling (she spells her name ABCTERIE) turns into a full-fledged romance. Although Beatrice’s family doesn’t share her interest in spelling (“Leo had his ant farm, June had gymnastics, and her parents had their music”), she discovers a fellow word lover in her grandmother (“Life without spelling would be A-W-F-U-L,” Nanny Hannah declares), who gives Beatrice her first dictionary, introduces her to Scrabble, and offers up no less than Thomas Jefferson (“a crackerjack speller”) as a role model. Thus inspired, Beatrice overcomes her classmates’ skepticism (“Spelling makes me yawn,” a boy informs her), and transforms them into a spelling SWAT team who go “all over town looking for good words to spell—and for people’s mistakes.” Potter’s flattened, folk art–like perspectives, mannerist poses, and overall originality continue to be a terrific match for Best’s special brand of storytelling, with its lovely sense of restraint and striking emotional richness. Ages 5–8. (Aug.)
New York Times:
For every child who dislikes spelling, there’s another who loves it. Beatrice, who struggles to spell her own name (one of a string of “lulus” she masters over the course of this clever and encouraging book), comes to love words. Her like-minded grandmother introduces her to the dictionary, Thomas Jefferson (“a crackerjack speller”) and Scrabble. But her classmates don’t see the point until Beatrice finds a way to bring spelling to show and tell.