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At the Boardwalk update

I was tempted to call this post by the same name as a recurring segment on The Colbert Report, "Who's Honoring Me Now?", but really, it's not about me. It's about the book, and I am extremely aware that a large amount of the book's charm is in the marvelous illustrations by Mónica Armiño.

Just the other day, the (incredibly generous and in all ways marvelous) Jules at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast put up a post rounding up some of her favorite summer-themed books, including At the Boardwalk, about which she had this to say:

Kelly Ramsdell Fineman’s At the Boardwalk, illustrated by Mónica Armiño (Tiger Tales, 2012), is for when you need a quick break from the “beach-time fun.”

“This sunny selection beckons,” write Kirkus. Families of all stripes in this tightly-written verse (quatrains with not a wasted word in sight) enjoy the sights and sounds of the boardwalk: strolls in the sun, ice cream, salt-air breezes, kite-flying, bubbles, popcorn, taffy, and way more. The spot-on pacing of Kelly’s text starts readers off slowly (”Life relaxes; time is free”), builds to a crescendo (with things like arcade games, a sudden downpour, and “jumbled joys”), and then winds down with a sunset, “one last ride” on the carousel (”Oompah music, sit astride”), and families holding each other close, “[s]leepy after evening fun….” Armiño’s super-saturated spreads are vivid and highly textured[.]

You can see the whole post here, including some other books that look absolutely fabulous.

But wait! There's more!

The good folks at IRA (the International Reading Association) also did a round-up of summer-related books on their blog, Reading Today Online, where a lovely library and reading consultant named Karen Hildebrand had this to say about At the Boardwalk:

Everyone enjoys a day at the beach and the fun of the boardwalk and that is exactly what this picture book debut by Kelly Fineman offers. The book starts with a jog in the morning and jumps right into all the activity that goes with arcade games, cotton candy, people in crowds and the bustle of boardwalk sights. We see all the employees busy at their jobs within the fun day in the sun. The sun-filled illustrations by Monica Armino portray the passage of the day as the sun moves from side to side through the book. Even a quick rainstorm allows for playing in the rain at the boardwalk. The simple language of rhyming verse takes readers through the fun all day.

You can read the entire post here, including eight other picture book selections as well as four middle-grade picks and two YA choices.

It's absolutely wonderful to see the book getting such attention!
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Jun. 6th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
i'm so happy for you, kelly! kudos to you and your illustrator. and it is wonderful to be recognized for a job well done!
Jun. 6th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
It's really a tad overwhelming!

Lovely icon - as usual!
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Jun. 7th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! On top of these, I found a few others, including a terrific one by Jeni Bell, who wrote it for The Examiner's online site. It is humbling and surprising and exciting to see so much love for the book.
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Jun. 7th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
I hope to get to the shore sometime soon and do just that. Only without the actual strutting. Or fame.
Jun. 7th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
Hooray! That's all wonderful!!!
Jun. 7th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
It really is!
Jun. 7th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)

Jun. 7th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Terri!
Jun. 7th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
Good Press, Good News!
Congrats, Kelly! It's great to get this notice from the IRA (and to lead the list!)
Jun. 7th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Good Press, Good News!
I thought so, too! Thanks, Bill!
Jun. 7th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you!
Jun. 12th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jun. 11th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Yea! Well-deserved praise!
Jun. 12th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
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