F&Gee Whiz!

Today I saw the first F&Gs for my spring 2008 picture book The Light of the World: The Life of Jesus for Children, with illustrations by Francois Roca and text by Katherine Paterson. (Yes, Katherine Paterson! I'm thrilled too.) It's a gorgeous, gorgeous biography of Jesus in both its art (which was adapted from a French book, Jesus pour les petits) and its text (which emphasizes, in a beautiful, non-cloying way, Jesus's revolutionary love for his friends and for all people; and reminds readers that anyone who shares that love with others is, in turn, the light of the world). Our designer Leyah Jensen gave it a lovely, spacious page layout; Mr. Roca created a new piece of art for the cover; and I just wanted to run around the office showing it to everyone and saying "Isn't this beautiful? Isn't it? Agree with me! AGREE!"

Sorry -- I'm punchy after a long day. But it really is so gorgeous, I just had to share my excitement with you!