Welcome back to EBYR All Over, a Friday roundup of all the EBYR-related news, reviews, interviews, and other interesting online content we can gather in a given week. 

News from Eerdmans & Elsewhere

The Yes
  • The Yes made the shortlist for the UK Literacy Association Book Awards. Congratulations to author Sarah Bee and illustrator Satoshi Kitamura!
  • The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch has earned its second starred review! Booklist calls the book “a stirring treatment” of a lesser-known figure that is “consistently incisive.” The full review will be posted next Tuesday, but we just couldn’t wait to share the news! (Publishers Weekly published the first starred review for The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch.)
  • Edgar Wants to Be Alone by Jean-François Dumont was featured in a New York Times Sunday Book Review article titled “The Art of the Tantrum.” The article, which opens by declaring that “no one does cranky with quite as much panache as the French,” describes the book as “a parable about a grumpy rat who hates everyone, but receives a mind-blowing comeuppance.” The article also featured this spread:


  • Mina Witteman interviewed award-winning translator Laura Watkinson (translator of Soldier Bear, The War within These Walls, and Mikis and the Donkey, among others) on the Cynsations blog.
  • Earlier in the week we published Five (or Fifteen) Questions with Laura Watkinson right here on Eerdlings — so it’s been a great week to learn about the art of translating kidlit and also some of Laura’s other gifts, such as poetry. Here’s Laura’s retelling-in-limerick of Mikis and the Donkey:

    There once was a donkey called Tsaki
    Who carried too much on her backie.
    When that made her so sore
    Her friend said “No more!
    Grandpa, don’t give her a thwackie!”

  • Roger Is Reading a Book is featured as a “Hot Off the Press” book for March 2015 by the Children’s Book Council.
  • Inspired by The Right Word, Johanna Goldberg of the NY Academy of Medicine published a blog post titled “Roget Beyond the Thesaurus” about Roget’s work in the sciences. The post includes some fascinating illustrations from Roget’s five-volume opus, Animal and Vegetable Physiology, which he thought would be “his seminal achievement and the foundation of his legacy” . . . until he created something called the thesaurus.

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