Today’s the day!

Hi everyone,

Today is officially the publication date for A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. I’m excited! It has been up on Amazon for weeks but of course with no books available the rating is waaaaaay back in the pack. My hope is that there are enough back orders to give us a respectable rating once books can be shipped.

Here’s the link to purchase and/or leave your review. https://www.amazon.com/Place-Start-Family-Poems-Creatures/dp/1580897487/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516058561&sr=8-1&keywords=a+place+to+start+a+family

As I’ve mentioned, one month from today on February 16 I will draw a name from among those who have left reviews and send the winner an autographed copy.

I hope you like it. Wish us luck!

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Moving right along

Hi everyone,

Yesterday School Library Journal published a strong review of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY. It mentions “the use of alliteration, rhyme, and onomatopoeia adds an inquisitive nature to the poems as it presents information regarding each animal’s habitat.” And they love Giles’ work. “The 3-D cut-paper collage illustrations exquisitely render insight into the architecture and daily life of each being.” The review sums up calling the book “a great selection for science and poetry enthusiasts.”

Earlier reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly were equally good so I’m encouraged. I hope to see more reviews appear now that we’re only one week away from the publication date. Giles Laroche, way to go, partner!

How to win a copy of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY

Hi everyone,

On her blog today Kathy Temean features A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and offers a free book. Here’s her link. https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/book-giveaway-a-place-to-start-a-family-poems-about-creatures-that-build-by-david-l-harrison/#comments

I hope you enjoy the story of how Giles Laroche and I went about creating the new book and signing up to win a copy.

Also, don’t forget my own offer for a free copy to someone on February 16 that will chosen by random drawing from names of those who comment about A PLACE TO START A FAMILY on Amazon by that date. The official pub date is January 16.

First review of A PLACE TO START A FAMILY

Hi everyone,

Today Kirkus publishes its review of my new poetry collection, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY.

A PLACE TO START A FAMILY
Poems About Creatures That Build
Author: David L. Harrison
Illustrator: Giles Laroche

Review Issue Date: December 1, 2017
Online Publish Date: November 13, 2017
Publisher:Charlesbridge
Pages: 32
Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99
Price ( e-book ): $17.99
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-58089-748-8
ISBN ( e-book ): 978-1-63289-605-6
Category: Poetry

Twelve poems present a variety of animal homes and mate-attracting constructions. Arachnids (trapdoor spider, garden spider), birds (red ovenbird, white stork), fish (stickleback, pufferfish), insects (termite, paper wasp), mammals (star-nosed mole, beaver, prairie dog), and a reptile (the king cobra) are each introduced by way of a double-page spread and a simple two-to-eight stanza poem. In four sections—building underground, on land, in the water, and in the air—animals are shown building webs, nests, food traps, and tunneled homes, along with their mates, eggs, or young. Laroche’s layered, cut-paper illustrations are clear and intriguingly detailed, handsomely supporting the informational content of each poem. Rich colors and varied textures allow this 3-D original artwork to work well in two dimensions. Harrison’s poems employ varied voices, rhythms, and formats; all are memorable and easy to understand. Some are humorous: a busy stickleback male appeals to a potential mother of his family: “The best nest / that’s ever been! / Please, / Ms. Stickleback, / swim in.” Backmatter gives each animal an explanatory paragraph and, for several, a suggestion of books for further exploration. The author’s and illustrator’s own sources are not indicated. A bonus poem and terrific illustration on the last page describe “A different kind of builder,” sun coral, which creates coral reefs by congregating together. A fine synthesis of poetry and science. (Informational picture book/poetry. 5-8)

I hope that portends more nice things in the book’s future. We won’t know much more until the title is released on January 16 so we have several more weeks of waiting.

My thanks again to Karen Boss (Charlesbridge) for her great editing and to Giles Laroche for his wonderful art!

Thanks to those who have already placed orders. Don’t forget my giveaway of a copy to someone who writes a comment on Amazon.com by February 16. https://www.amazon.com/Place-Start-Family-Poems-Creatures/dp/1580897487/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510499536&sr=8-1&keywords=a+place+to+start+a+family&dpID=51MKvVh2JiL&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

A Place to Start a Family

Hi everyone,

This morning I spotted my next book of poetry, A PLACE TO START A FAMILY, posted on Amazon even though it doesn’t come out until January 18, 2018. I’m happy to show you the cover at least. Giles Laroche has done another wonderful job and I think you’ll agree when you see it. Way to go, Giles!