I like the concept of this book--that you can go on wild adventures from the comfort of your own playground, if you're just willing to use your imagination. Beyond that, though, it didn't thrill me. The illustrations were cute enough, and the plot was cute enough, but there was just nothing about it that pushed it over the edge into "We need this book!" territory.
Bethanie Deeney Murguia was raised in Western New York near the Grand Canyon of the East and many, many cows. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rochester with a BA in psychology and fine art, she moved to New York City where she worked as an art director for Hearst Magazines. While in New York, Bethanie received her MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts.
Bethanie now lives in the Bay Area where she has worked for a variety of design and marketing firms. Her illustrations have appeared on packaging and in various children’s publications, including Ladybug and My Big Backyard. Since 2011, she has focused exclusively on writing and illustrating picture books. Her illustrations and books have been honored with numerous accolades, including Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Awards and Bank Street College Best Books of the Year.
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