SO excited to exclaim about the launch day for Lesley Withrow’s BUNNY BUS from Farrar, Straus and Giroux for $16.99 This is a HAPPY ENDING story for illustrators! The initial image of the BUNNY BUS (see below) was done for a postcard promotion a couple of years ago. SO CUTE! Joy Peskin, FSG editor, saw and fell in love with the character, asking if Lesley could write the story! 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. 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! 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 (You’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: “Room for more? Of course! Pile on!/ The Bunny Bus rolls on and on.” Withrow’s scraggly pencils, lined-paper backdrops, and splashes of color and pattern create an exuberant atmosphere that’s only briefly interrupted when the overloaded bus temporarily breaks down, sending carrots and painted eggs flying. It’s a novel spin on familiar Easter themes. Ages 2–4. Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Chris Tugeau, Christina A. Tugeau Artist Agency. (Jan.)”