Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Holler Loudly by Cynthia Leitich Smith and Barry Gott

As a rule, Cynthia Leitich Smith doesn't holler loudly. Far from it. She speaks in a civil, knowledgeable, and informed voice. Her blog is probably the single most visited children's and YA literature resource on the internet. But those who know Cyn can tell you that she has an amazing, contagious, ricocheting sort of laugh. You can practically hear that laugh in her wildly funny new picture book, Holler Loudly, illustrated by the wonderful Barry Gott.

How can you not fall in love with a book in which Mama and Daddy Loudly name their baby Holler because he cries so loud?

Rollicking humor and wordplay mark this funny, original tall tale. Here's a picture book as big-hearted as a southwestern sky. And for those who like that little extra layer to a story, there's a kid-size aha! moment that reveals itself with a chortle, leaving us aware that every talent has its time and place. Please join me in hollering loudly about the release of this rib-tickling new offering from a beloved writer.