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As Picture Book Month continues, your lit. rat begins his series of Author/Illustrator Spotlights where we celebrate some of the best and brightest in the world today.
Today’s spotlight is all about author-illustrator Sam Garton, and his friend, Otter-
I Am Otter (@i_am_otter)
by Sam Garton (@SamuelGarton)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
(An Imprint ofHarperCollins)
Pub. Date: April 29th, 2014
Your lit. rat named this book one of T.A.A.’s “Most Anticipated Reads of 2014” back in 2013 during our first series of author/illustrator spotlights celebrating “Picture Book Month.”
It’s also a favorite of my friends “Swinebert & Dempsey.”
They’re such BIG fans, in fact, they made this video in honor the book’s launch on April 29th, 2014-
I Am Otter
(Celebration Video from Swinebert & Dempsey)
[April 29, 2014]
This book also has the honor of being the very first book your. lit. rat EVER pre-ordered!
It’s also the first time I’ve connected with a book’s star pre its release.
On May 5th, 2014, T.A.A. reviewed “I Am Otter” and is one of the best books your lit. rat set eyes upon this year.
In Early November 2014, “I Am Otter” was in the semifinals of the Goodreads Choice Awards in the picture book category through write-in votes from diverse fans across the globe! (including yours truly)
Sadly, it didn’t make the finals, but Otter took it in stride.
(Giraffe, not so much…)
But #TeamOtter still had something to cheer about when recently, revealed the cover for Otter’s next book-
Expect T.A.A. to be on the lookout when this beams down in May 2015* (which is also your lit. rat’s birthday month!)
During the summer, I heard rumblings that another Otter book is in the works, and I was so excited I made this video teaser MONTHS ago (before the cover was revealed)–
(“Otter in Space” Spring 2014 Teaser)
Learn more about Otter at her OFFICIAL website-
Oh, one last thing-