GALEN GOODWIN LONGSTRETH
GALEN GOODWIN LONGSTRETH received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also has a Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She writes picture books, poetry, comics, and stories, all for children and young adults. She is currently working on a graphic novel script and a number of picture books. She and her brother, comics artist Alec Longstreth, are currently collaborating on a picture book about summer camp. Galen’s work has appeared in comics anthologies published by Tugboat Press. Yes, Let’s is her first book.
Tanglewood Press – April 9, 2013
Let’s get into the station wagon, roll those windows down,
Let’s sing out loud and wave to cows as we drive out of town.
Let’s park the car beneath the trees and trade our shoes for boots,
Let’s set the timer, all say “Cheese!” then head into the woods.
In this cute book about a family’s camping trip, the simple, rhyming text is enhanced by comical illustrations that bring wit and energy to every page. Packaged in a smaller size for little hands and easy to pack up, this book would be a perfect read-aloud during the car ride, along with a great way to recap a trip at the end. The illustrations inside the front cover serve as a reminder of things to pack, and the story inspires activities to plan. There is even a space in the back to paste a picture of the reader’s own family trip. This little book serves as a loving tribute to family togetherness.
Praise for YES, LET’S
2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Selection
“Wicks’s clean-lined cartooning greatly expands on Longstreth’s understated but evocative verse, filling the pages with visual mini-narratives, dashes of humor, and details to pore over, all while capturing the cheerful chaos of a big, happy family.“—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Longstreth and Wicks have created an Everyfamily that most readers will be able to identify with…Wicks’ illustrations are standouts…Ready the backpacks—this is sure to inspire many a family.“—Kirkus Reviews