One of the delightful perks of my job is meeting some amazingly creative people from game inventors to book authors. Susan Hood contacted me about reviewing her new picture books this past summer and as I took a look at her stories and their beautiful illustrations, I knew we had some winners!
I was privileged to attend Susan’s Book Launch Party to introduce “Spike the Mixed-Up Monster,” “The Tooth Mouse” and “Just Say Boo!” last night hosted at the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut. It is no surprise that Susan has three new hard covered picture books being promoted by three publishing houses all at once, when you listen to her story, as she’s been preparing for this for years. She had written hundreds of books and edited content for magazines through her career stops at Scholastic, Instructor Magazine, Fisher-Price, Sesame
Street’s “Sesame Workshop” and most recently, Nick Jr. Magazine. After about 10 years at Nick Jr. Magazine, Susan and her staff were laid off, giving her the impetus to go back to all the picture books she had started and needed finishing. Aren’t we lucky she did!
Martha Lord, the interim director of Pequot Library, introduced Susan last night and correctly described her books as having all the qualities of a great picture book–rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and concise writing. I would add to that her use of rich vocabulary to cultivate kids’ language.
Susan shared her inspiration to go through the day “observing” and “being astonished” at what you see. I thought of her today as I drove home near dusk, after a rainfall and went past a woman riding a horse along the road (not that common, really), and looked into a meadow of gleaming mist reflecting the sun. Maybe that’s the start of a new picture book!
For more information on Susan Hood’s books go to susanhoodbooks.com. You’ll get a flavor of how creative she is when you read “About Me” and “FAQ’s”