Who’s that hiding behind the fence with the gray fur and pointy ears?
Could it be Desmond, a shy cat who likes to blend in the background and disappear? He’s quite clever with his disguises:
What happens when Gloria, a very outgoing rabbit, arrives at school? Not only does she like being noticed, but she seems to notice Desmond no matter where he tries to hide. Pretty soon, Desmond realizes he enjoys interacting with others after all.
Disappearing Desmond has already received glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly ("socially confident readers and shrinking violets alike will be won over") and School Library Journal ("Young viewers will enjoy spotting Desmond in his ingenious costumes and identifying others trying to stay out of sight in the schoolyard . . . This low-key story of how friendship can support and encourage others will be a welcome addition for most libraries").
Don’t miss your chance to win one of 10 copies in Anna’s special giveaway. To enter, just click on the image at the top of this post any time between now and November 14th. (You can enter as many times as you wish.) Anna will announce the lucky winners on November 15th! U.S. residents only, please. (More details here.)
♥ Check out Anna’s Disappearing Desmond webpage for Activity Kits for libraries, story hours and classrooms, reviews, and process posts. At her blog, Painting Bunnies, you can see more about how she created some of the illustrations from sketches to finished art.
♥ Nice online book review at Journey of a Bookseller.
written and illustrated by Anna Alter
published by Knopf BFYR, August 2010
Full color Picture Book for ages 4-8, 40 pp.
Cool themes: shyness, friendship, social interactions, inclusion.
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