Whatever you're in the middle of, this is better: Ruth McNally Barshaw's new book, Ellie McDoodle: New Kid In School, is now out. RUN, don't walk, to your favorite bookstore or library and get yourself a copy! Your kids will love it and you'll love it and the world will be a better place.
If you want more info on the book, Lori's got a full review of it over at her blog; but really, just take my word for it. It's a great book. Ruth is fabulously talented and wonderfully imaginative, and her books reflect that. Her previous book, Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel is a favorite in our household, and New Kid is every bit as good.
Those of you in the Lansing area, stop by and see Ruth this Saturday at the Eastwood Towne Center Schuler Books. It's an Ellie McDoodle Release Party, starting at 11 a.m., and will include a drawing lesson. And treats, too.
And best of all: Ruth's book!