Viking Children's Books
Aberdeen is my first story book. I love this little guy! I could see him so perfectly in my head that I knew he needed to be done in watercolor. My first book was a completely different illustration style, but this story is light and sweet and I felt the art needed to have that same warm and fuzzy feeling.
AVAILABLE AUGUST 9!
Full Editorial Reviews on Blog pagePublishers Weekly
... the story hums along, and Previn’s watercolor vignettes focus the action while emphasizing Aberdeen’s mouse-size point of view. The message about making excuses is clear, but the story offers another lesson, too: sometimes, the offer of adventure is just too good to pass up. Ages 2–5.
School Library Journal
VERDICT This wonderfully illustrated story will delight emerging readers and make a fine addition to any picture book collection.—Maria Alegre, The Dalton School, New York City
Previn's watercolor artwork deftly balances airy white space with spot illustrations and full spreads highlighting greens and browns. Leaves and tree trunks are damply rich, like nature; lush red, orange, and pink flowers use the underlying watercolor paper for the petals' soft texture. An owl and a darkening sky threaten, but this little mouse is resourceful. So's his mother, who arrives to rescue and comfort—and chide a little. A full day in the vast outdoors—sumptuous, breezy, unintentional, and the tiniest bit thoughtless, at least according to mom. (Picture book. 3-6)