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About Leslie Patricelli
"My Grandma was a pastel artist and, for as long as I can remember, an artist is what I wanted to be too," says children's author and illustrator Leslie Patricelli. "My hobby as a kid was drawing cartoons and writing stories, and I started to consider a career in art in seventh grade. When the multiple choice career test I took resulted in a recommendation that I pursue a career in forestry, I went back and changed my answers, so that it recommended instead that I pursue graphic design, which was the closest thing to children's book writer or cartoonist on the list."
Today, Leslie Patricelli's legions of fans are evidence that career tests are not always reliable. Her colorful board books -- YUMMY YUCKY, BIG LITTLE, and QUIET LOUD -- follow her now beloved diaper-clad Baby exploring the world of opposites such as, "Burgers are yummy/Boogers are yucky." Her inspiration for the series came from her son Beck who, at one year old, "was constantly putting everything into his mouth." Says the author, "I found myself saying 'Yummy!' and 'Yucky!' all the time. I began to draw a baby dramatically expressing his taste or distaste for the things he was eating. The idea of YUMMY YUCKY was born!"
Her many other board books featuring her one-haired Baby, including NO NO YES YES, POTTY, TOOT, HUGGY KISSY and MAD MAD MAD were also based on her parenting experiences. "I am inspired by how passionate toddlers are," she says. "I love the way they are so extremely focused on things, and display such intense emotions. It is easy to see what they care about the most."
Her book HIGHER! HIGHER! was selected as a Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor Book. "I credit my daughter, Tia, for writing this book for me," says Leslie. "I was pushing her on the swing at the park when she was two, she started shouting, 'Higher! Higher!' I noticed how the other kids were saying the same thing. We started pretending that with every push I was sending her higher into the sky until she was in space. I went home with the book almost fully formed in my head."
Of her middle-grade series, THE RIZZLERUNK CLUB, Leslie says, "My first book of the series, BEST BUDS UNDER FROGS, was based on my experience of moving to a new school in fourth grade. On my first day, I threw up on the playground in front of everyone! Despite a rocky start, I soon made a new best friend. Fourth grade became one of my favorite and most memorable years in school. Watching my own kids pass through this age as I wrote the book gave me a fresh look at modern fourth graders, so I wasn't just relying on my own memories, but getting to participate in that transformative year all over again."
Of THE RIZZLERUNK CLUB: THE BIG BAD LIES, she says, "My best friend and I lied to each other in fourth grade concerning the murder of a classroom rat and an inappropriate doodle. I remember the feeling of carrying around the weight of my lie, as well as the astonishment that my best friend would lie to me. I wanted to explore with my readers the emotions and ethical confusion a person might feel about lying or being lied to, while also making them laugh!"
"My favorite part of writing books is the moment when a new idea comes into my head," says Leslie. "If I give it my attention, a book will start forming in my mind. When this happens, I most certainly have a smile on my face."
Leslie Patricelli lives in the mountain town of Hailey, Idaho with her husband, Jason, her daughter Tatum, three cats and a devoted, stick-loving dog. Of the many outdoor activities she loves doing in the mountains, skiing untracked powder and mountain biking during wildflower season are at the top of the list. Her son, Beck, is living and playing music in Brooklyn, NY, and her daughter, Tia, is majoring in environmental studies at University of Washington. Her husband is a drummer, music engineer, ski instructor, and her on-request editor.
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A new toddler title charts a crucial achievement. (Ages 1-3)
There comes a point in a toddler’s life when going in one’s diaper is only one possible option, and the question must be raised: Should I go in my potty? With pitch-perfect humor and pacing, Leslie Patricelli follows the inner dialogue (sure to have little ones shouting responses) and hilarious actions of everyone’s favorite Baby, winding up with an over-the-top look of surprise and delight that will have both parents and offspring laughing out loud. "I did it!"
YES! This must-have toddler title sheds light on some concepts with a comical flair.
Yanking cat by tail: no NO. Gentle pat on back: yes YES. And it’s funny how dumping a bowl of food gets a very different reaction from mastering the use of a spoon. An expressive baby demonstrates familiar behaviors — and their predictable responses — in an amusing book that merits a giant YES!
Learning about opposites has never been more fun - or funny - than with this winning book. Yummy!
Spaghetti is yummy, but worms - and blue crayons, and sand, and other things too gross to mention - are definitely yucky when tasted. Amiably illustrated in a bright, graphic style, Leslie Patricelli’s spirited book, Yummy Yucky stars an obliging, bald, and very expressive toddler who acts out each pair of opposites with comically dramatic effect.
A subject dear to children’s hearts is in the spotlight as Leslie Patricelli’s beloved baby character returns.
Everybody does it: Kitty, Doggie, Daddy — even Mommy! And when Leslie Patricelli’s beloved bald baby does it while running, it sounds like a train. This frank and very funny look at a certain noisy body function is perfectly suited to the youngest of listeners, while their giggling older siblings will be happy to read it aloud.
Whether you read it quietly or loudly, learning about opposites has never been more fun - or funny - than with this winning book.
Sniffles are quiet, but sneezes are loud. Amiably illustrated in a bright, graphic style, Leslie Patricelli’s spirited book, QUIET LOUD, stars an obliging, bald, and very expressive toddler who acts out each pair of opposites with comically dramatic effect.
Oh, baby! Leslie Patricelli’s one-haired wonder returns to revel in Christmas.
It’s almost Christmas, and baby simply cannot contain the exuberance. There are things to decorate: a tree, a gingerbread house, a doggy! There are very creative presents to make, Santa to see (must be brave), carols to sing, not to mention the big event itself. Come celebrate the season with humor and joy as everyone’s favorite baby puts a special spin on Christmas.
Flipping from sad to mad can make for a bad day, but Baby is learning some tricks for getting the happy back.
Sometimes Baby is sad. And sometimes mad, mad, MAD! Baby screams and falls to the floor, and a spectacular tantrum follows, from furious crying to the final flop. What happens when Baby wants to stop, but even hugging a beloved blankie doesn’t dissolve the cranky? Maybe a walkabout is in order, with some mindful breathing to boot? Master of toddler expression Leslie Patricelli turns the focus to feelings in a relatable episode offering some tips for helping the mad go away.
Hooray! SPLASH! Leslie Patricelli’s beloved Baby is back! (Ages 1-3)
It’s time for a bath! Whee! And Baby obliges as only he can, playing with bubbles (and using them to make facial disguises from Santa’s beard to bunny ears), imitating a motorboat, and letting Mommy wash his single hair. And what would tubby time be without running away naked and shiny clean--only to be scooped up and tickled? A beloved bedtime ritual takes on new joy in Leslie Patricelli’s bright artwork, exuberant language, and simple, familiar scenes.
Nighty-night, Baby! The cheekily charming tot goes through a typical nightly routine in a humorous bedtime book.
Dinner is finished, the sun is setting, and Baby is getting ready for bed, sneaking in a naked dance before bath time. Then it’s on to tooth cleaning, hair brushing, bear hugging, and getting cozy in PJs. Finally it’s time for a bedtime story (“Again! Again!”) and a song with Mommy before Daddy turns out the light. Kissy kissy!
Whether you’re big or little, learning about opposites has never been more fun - or funny - than with this winning book.
Ladies are big, but ladybugs are little. Amiably illustrated in a bright, graphic style, Leslie Patricelli’s spirited book, BIG LITTLE, stars an obliging, bald, and very expressive toddler who acts out each pair of opposites with comically dramatic effect.
Oh, baby! Leslie Patricelli’s one-haired wonder returns to share the love.
When you’re an adorable bald baby, your family finds lots of ways to show you how much they love you: Mommy lifts you uppy, Daddy kisses you on the tummy, and everyone wants to snuggle. What’s not to love? With comedy and warmth, Leslie Patricelli offers a universal tribute to love and affection in a book full of instant appeal for little valentines everywhere.
The inimitable Baby brings a humorous spin to the holidays in an e-book perfect for Easter time.
The Easter Bunny is coming! It’s time to dye eggs. Did you know that red and blue make purple? That blue and yellow make green? That an art project may result in a multicolored Baby? There are bunny ears to wear (for the dog and cat, too) and an Easter basket to put out before bedtime. What will Baby find inside it the next morning?
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