SO excited to exclaim about the launch day for Lesley Withrow’s BUNNY BUS from Farrar, Straus and Giroux for $16.99 Â This is a HAPPY ENDING story for illustrators! Â The initial image of the BUNNY BUS (see below) was done for a postcard promotion a couple of years ago. Â SO CUTE! Joy Peskin, FSG editor, Â saw and fell in love with the character, asking if Lesley could write the story! Â That didn’t work out, and Ammi-Joan Baguette came on board to write the fun story for this unique character with a nod to the Easter Holiday, and friendship and helping others everywhere. Â A dream come true!! Yes, those post cards DO work best for promoting your style and possible picture book characters!
this is the original postcard image….and the cover is VERY close! Â enjoy!
and from PW review…. “Ammi-Joan Paquette, illus. by Lesley Breen Withrow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-374-30225-2
Public transit gets a springtime makeover as Paquette (Ghost in the House) and Withrow (Youâ€™re My Boo) introduce the Bunny Bus, an anthropomorphized conveyance with a fluffy tail, two large ears, and a bucktoothed grin. Dapperly dressed owls, cats, and other animals clamber aboard: â€œRoom for more? Of course! Pile on!/ The Bunny Bus rolls on and on.â€ Withrowâ€™s scraggly pencils, lined-paper backdrops, and splashes of color and pattern create an exuberant atmosphere thatâ€™s only briefly interrupted when the overloaded bus temporarily breaks down, sending carrots and painted eggs flying. Itâ€™s a novel spin on familiar Easter themes. Ages 2â€“4. Authorâ€™s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustratorâ€™s agent: Chris Tugeau, Christina A. Tugeau Artist Agency. (Jan.)”