I'm so excited. I just got my copy of except if written and illustrated by Jim Averbeck in the mail today. I love this book. I've seen Jim's story full of the unexpected since he brought the earliest sketches and first draft of the text to our Revisionaries critique group meeting. And yes, this story began as one of our year-end "assignments." (please see Yuyi's last post re: assignments in Dec.)
I was surprised and delighted with except if then. And even though I've seen various stages and the fun color illustrations as they came into being, I am still delighted and surprised. This book makes me smile with so many perfect "aha!" moments all the way to the end.
As soon as the mail arrived today I opened the package and read the book once again. I'm so happy to have my own copy and can't wait to read it to 15 of my current favorite preschoolers. I know they will love it and say, "again!" as soon as we reach the end. See Jim's website for the first wave of the rave reviews. I am sure kids, parents, librarians and teachers will be adding more rave reviews. Today is the pub date. Get your copy soon!