Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Book Babe Spotlight: Author Chris Gall--With a Critique giveaway!

You guys know the Book Babe by now, right? The supremely awesome Faith? 


If you don't you SHOULD. She's not only the most amazing mentor and cheerleader EVER--and offers incredible editing services (WHICH SHE IS GIVING AWAY BELOW!!!!)--she is also an AWESOME source for book recommendations. In fact, I discovered several of my favorite authors because of Faith--and nothing makes me happier than one of her gushy emails telling me about a book I HAVE to read. 

So Faith occasionally puts together spotlights on some of her favorite authors for me to post for you guys, so she can tell you herself why you need to discover these incredible authors.

Here's her latest Spotlight:

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Chris Gall: Artist Extraordinaire!
My memory of seeing Chris Gall’s first picture book, America the Beautiful is a vivid one. The minute I laid eyes on the artwork, I was an instant fan. It was stunning, eye-catching and yet another reminder of why I LOVE picture books.

That was 2004.

I had to wait 2 agonizing years to see another book from him. I was sure he couldn’t top the first one. But he did, not only with illustrations but with the story itself. Dear Fish was charming, witty and even more captivating than his first book. It was also educational since Chris accurately depicted over 30 species of fish. Every time it was used for our weekly story-time at the bookstore I worked at, it drew oohs and aahs from parents and children alike. Yet again, I thought there was no way Chris could top himself.

And then, in 2009 came the book Dinotrux. Dinotrux is, and always will be, on my list of All-Time-Favorite-Books-Ever. It's about--you guessed it--Dinosaur Trucks! The story is funny, the illustrations are as wonderful as ever and the dinosaur/truck combos still make me smile. The sequel, Revenge of the Dinotrux will be published in May and is just as wonderful and amusing a book as Dinotrux.

You may be asking yourself “What is so extraordinary about some dude who illustrates picture books?” To which I would say “Aha! He does more than just picture books!” Chris recently collaborated with Jim Meehan (Meehan owns and operates PDT, a famous East Village speakeasy); to do a cocktail book that is so wonderful and creative, I can’t even describe it. I am not even a drinker and I bought a copy as soon as it was available just so I could look at the illustrations! Chris also designed the poster for the 2009 Rose Bowl, and has had his art published inTime Magazine, NYT, Washington Post and other publications, too numerous to name. And, he was commissioned by the city of New York to do art for the subways! I know right? He totally rocks!

Not only is Chris a great artist and creative story teller, he is also one of the nicest people in the world. And, if that was not all, his school visit presentations are some of the best I have ever seen. Ever!

Wait, am I gushing too much?

Anyway, I suggest you check out his WEBSITE and marvel at the fabulous amazing awesomeness that is Chris Gall.

Can you tell how much I adore him?!

Happy Reading/Viewing!

~Faith

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As someone who has met Chris--only briefly though--and seen many of his books I can testify that Faith is right about everything she just said.

But right--I know what you're thinking: YOU PROMISED US A CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY. And you're right. I have one--two, technically. Since Faith's is so committed to helping other writers, she asked if it would be okay to give away critiques with this post--to which I was like, DO YOU EVEN HAVE TO ASK??? Of Course! 

So two lucky commenters will each win a 25-page critique from Faith*--and trust me, you want to win this prize. I have Faith read all of my manuscripts because her notes are absolutely priceless. To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Saturday, April 14th. I'll draw two random winners and post their names on Sunday, April 15th. (That's it--that's all their is to it. Though I *recommend* you also follow my blog in some form, since it's the only way you can make sure you don't miss when I post the winners. #justsayin')

Ready? And.... GO!


*Due to Faith's schedule, the winners will most likely get their pages back in June. But that works in your favor because it gives you time to clean them up a bit more before you even send them off

43 comments:

  1. I'll definitely check out Chris' books. I love finding great new books to read to my little side-kicks. I've read Which Witch's wand works until I know the whole thing by heart and all the pages are worn out :)

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  2. How could you not like trucks that are, indeed, dinosaurs? I can't imagine any kid would pass that up! Faith sounds like a fabulous crit partner to have. You're very lucky.

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  3. Funny, I had a conversation about dinosaurs in books a couple of days ago. (Though we didn’t think of combining them with trucks. That sounds like a great idea.)

    Also, I have a question about the critique giveaway, if that’s okay. Is this a limited time offer or is the winner free to send in his or her pages whenever s/he feels they are ready for critiquing? There is no way I will have anything presentable by June, so if not, I won’t enter. Thanks!

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  4. How could I have missed Dinotrux??? Can't wait to look into that book and the rest of the ones Faith mentioned :) I would love to win a critique!

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  5. I haven't heard of this! Thanks for the rec. I love talking books! I'd also love to win a crit! Thanks for the offer!

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  6. Wow - I love Chris's style. Very unique. And I'd LOVE to win a critique! Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  7. Thanks Shannon, and thank you, Faith, for the book recommendation and generous critique giveaway. I could use an amazing mentor and cheerleader right about now!

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  8. Chris sounds awesome! I've heard of PDT but haven't visited it myself, though my husband has. I might have to pick that cocktail book up for him :) Yay for the giveaway!

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  9. Um Dinotrux? YES. I'll def have to get it for my little cousin (who can name more dinosaurs than I've ever heard of). And thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. My oldest son loves dinosaurs and trucks so this is right up his alley!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Dinotrux sounds fantastic! Thanks for the critique giveaway! *fingers crossed*

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  12. I definitely have to check out the dinotrux book for my nephews!
    And thanks for the critique giveaway!

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  13. Dinotrux sounds awesome. The critique giveaway would be most helpful as I am currently querying and I think the first 30 pages are kind of getting in the way, maybe...

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  14. Chris is an amazing artist! To say I wasn't a little jealous of his talent would be a complete and utter lie. Wow! Thanks for the critique giveaway!

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  15. I've been watching Faith's website. I'm already planning on paying for a critique, but it would be fantastic to get a chance at a quick critique. So excited.

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  16. I'd love to win a critique. Thanks for offering the giveaway Faith.

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  17. I won a critique from Faith already (and she has been so helpful and amazing!), so please don't enter me in this one (although, selfishly, I'd certainly like to win another!). So, this is simply a public thank you, Shannon and Faith, for the help you've given me!

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  18. This is a GREAT giveaway! Thanks for running it. Fingers definitely crossed here!

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  19. I would LOVE to win a critique :D Thank you for the giveaway ladies!

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  20. Thanks for the book recommendation! I am not familiar with Chris' work but will definitely check it out. Would love the chance to win a critique. I could certainly use it right now :)

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  21. Great book recommendations--how fun! I'd love to win a critique. It would be very helpful.

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  22. Ooooh! I would LOVE a critique from the Book Babe! Thanks for the awesome opportunity!

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  23. This would be so fabulous to win a critique! Thanks!

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  24. Ooooh, I'm a sucker for a good picture book! And these have somehow slipped past... Must visit my library :o)

    This would be an awesome prize to win!
    ::crossing fingers::

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  26. Oopsies, accidentally deleted my own comment...

    Checked out the webpage and wow, Chris is fantastic!!! Thanks for offering the giveaway Faith! And thanks again Shannon (I believe this thank you # one zillion!) for introducing me to Faith. I'm not beneath trying for a (hem hem) free critique though (despite that her rates are super awesome!)! *blushing a little*

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  27. Yeah! What a great prize to win! Would love it! =)

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  28. It sounds like I'm going to become a fan of Chris Gall. And, Book Babe Rocks!

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  29. This is great! Thank you so much :D <3

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  30. Sounds awesome! We are always on the look out for great bedtime stories!

    A critique would be awesome for a short story I have going!

    kllamp(at)internode(dot)on(dot)net

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  31. Yay, sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Thanks for introducing us to Chris, and for Faith's give away. You rock!

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  33. Thanks for introducing us to Chris, and for Faith's give away. You rock!

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  34. How exciting! Thanks to the Book Babe for the author spotlight it's nice to read about illustrators too!

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  35. Thanks for introducing Chris and to Faith's generosity!

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  36. This is an amazing giveaway!!! I love Faith=)

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  37. Thanks for introducing us to Chris's work and website, Faith! And count me in!;)

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  38. Wow - what an amazing prize!

    Great spotlight on Chris, Dinotrux sounds fab!

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  39. I love hearing about great books I haven't heard of, thank you.
    Also, I'd love to enter the draw.

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  40. I am sad to admit that I'm not familiar with Chris Gall. That will be changing immediately! And I would give my right arm to win a critique from Faith!!!!!!! :-)

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  41. Great info and websites! Count me in!

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  42. neat - thanks for the opportunity ladies!!

    -Gina

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  43. MAN... I missed it! To busy editing, to check the blogs! *wants Faith to read my stories too!!!*

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