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The Mermaid and the Shoe, by K.G. Campbell

08 Jul 2014




December 30, 2014
The New York Public Library’s end-of-year list, 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, includes The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell, and Frank Morrison‘s illustrated reader Ballerina Dreams.  Also selected was The Most Magnificent Thing, a picture book by Painted Words’ newest author-illustrator, Ashley Spires.  Congrats K.G., Frank, and Ashley on this great honor!

The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell wins top picture book of 2014

November 25, 2014

Canada’s Globe & Mail unveiled its 2014 list of 100 greatest books, including The Mermaid and The Shoe, written and illustrated by K.G. Campbell.

The Mermaid and The Shoe took the top spot in the newspaper’s top 5 picture books of the year, alongside the remark “Our favorite book of the year (and maybe for years to come).”

This gorgeous book is no stranger to good reviews; it was awarded starred reviews by both Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly, and was featured in Kirkus’ top 100 children books for 2014.

Congratulations to K.G. Campbell!

Frank Morrison and K. G. Campbell featured in Kirkus’ best children’s books of 2014

November 24, 2014

Two Painted Words artists were featured in Kirkus’ best children’s books of 2014 listK.G. Campbell for The Mermaid and The Shoe and Frank Morrison for his illustration in Little Melba and her Big Trombone.

Both books have received incredibly favorable reviews, including starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly, as well as the School Library Journal, amongst others.

Congratulations to Frank and K.G.!

The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell featured on ML Reads blog

September 29, 2014

The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell was featured on the ML Reads blog. The ‘kid tested, librarian approved’ blog said “A combination of watercolor and crayon pencil are used to create the enchanting illustrations” and praised the book for its empowering treatment of the main character. 


Rave Review for K.G. Campbell’s The Mermaid and the Shoe from School Library Journal

July 8, 2014

In a review for Fuse 8 Productions/ School Library Journal, Elizabeth Bird called K.G. Campbell‘s author-illustrated picture book, The Mermaid and the Shoe, “the best little mermaid related picture book of all time.” The Mermaid and the Shoe is K.G.’s second author-illustrated book, following Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters which earned him an Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor and Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book Illustration in 2013.  Both books are published by Kids Can Press.

From the review:

“With its can do mermaid who seeks answers in spite of her age and size, its beautiful watercolor and pencil crayon imagery, and writing that makes the reader feel like they’re indulging in a contemporary classic, there is no question in my mind that The Mermaid and the Shoe is the best little mermaid related picture book of all time. Utterly charming and unique, I can only hope it inspires other artists and authors to attempt to write more quality works of picture book fiction about magical creatures for the kiddos. It’s not an easy task, but when it works boy HOWDY does it work! Beguiling and bewitching, there’s only one true word to describe this book. Beautiful.”

Click here to read the full review.

K.G. Campbell’s New Book, The Mermaid and the Shoe, Receives Kudos

March 24, 2014

K.G.’s second author-illustrated picture book, The Mermaid and the Shoe is available now from Kids Can Press. The book received a Starred Review from Kirkus.

“Delicate, ethereal watercolor-and-colored pencil illustrations rely on muted blue-gray washes accented with splashes of color to convey Neptune’s underwater kingdom, with its flora and fauna…Although this luminous tale of self-discovery hs echoes of ‘The Litte Mermaid,’ like Minnow, it sings its own strong song.”
—Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews


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