"Tools Rule!" Children's Book
My second children's book about teamwork, tools and friendship! Released March 2014 from Atheneum to a local bookstore or online near you.
Character Design, Illustration, Writing
Available for PREORDER on AMAZON.comCalling all tools to the workbench! Aaron Meshon’s follow-up to Take Me Out to the Yakyu, which The New York Times Book Review calls “a definite home run,” hits the nail on the head.
In a messy yard, a busy day begins for a team of tools. With a click, clickand a bang! bang!, everyone from Wrench, Hammer, and Screwdriver right down to Nuts and Bolts is pitching in to make a shed. Okay, crew! Who’s ready to build?
Some Reviews:"Meshon (Take Me Out to the Yakyu) puts his cheery toylike crew to work building a tool shed. The bright cartoon spreads are filled with an epic cast of very cute characters, but by using arrows emblazoned with text to emphasize key actions (“Saw saws Wood”), Meshon makes the project easy to follow. With plenty of deeply satisfying onomatopoeia (“Vrip! Vrip! Vrip!” is the sound of the saw) and tool jokes (What sound does a nail make when it’s being hammered in? “Ok! Ouch! Ok! Ok! Ouch!”), the story should be deemed a job well done by preschool or kindergarten DIYers."
(Publishers Weekly, December 2013)
"Are there any tots who don’t like to play with toy tools? Most likely not, and this appealing and inventive story features animated tool characters, each with its own individual traits. . . . The colored digital illustrations are imaginative (each tool has eyes, and some have legs), with sound effects offering opportunities for participation. . . . Mild puns add to the fun. . . . Diagrammatic arrows with large letters nail down the interchange among the tools and cleverly enforce the concept of working together. . . . Buy it along with a wooden tool set as a gift for an enterprising young carpenter."
(Kirkus Reviews, January 2014)
"A yard full of amiable tools comes together to build a toolshed. Meshon’s illustrations are bright, bold, and emblazoned with smiling faces.... The large, clear font will make this clever title an appropriate choice for beginning readers and will challenge older readers to move beyond the basics (saw, hammer, nails) and learn about more advanced tools.... With this lively text and positive message about the benefits of teamwork, Tools Rule! will please readers with an interest in how things work and provide an opportunity to spur engaging audience participation while reading aloud. This book could provide an excellent jumping-off point to engage students in further informational reading about tools or building structures."
(School Library Journal, February 2014)
"Take me out to the YAKYU"
My first children's book for Atheneum!
*A 2014 Ezra Jack Keats Honor selection
*A "2014 Notable Children's Book" from ALSC
*A top 100 kid's book pick of 2013 by New York Public Library
*On the top 100 children's book 2013 list by Kirkus
*Best of 2013 book list by NPR
*Best of 2013 by Los Angeles Public LibraryCharacter Design, Illustration, Writing2013
"When the duo brush their teeth, the spread has just two words in gigantic type: “MINTY! / BEEFY!” That sums it up: a dog story with a fresh approach and something with solid flavor to chew on. "
-KIRKUS 1/2016 STARRED Review
A little girl and her pet French bulldog are the perfect playmates in this all-day outdoors adventure!
When his family sets out to explore the neighborhood, one puppy is eager to join in the fun! He gets to do everything his sister does—with his own added flair, of course. Together they eat (pancakes for her, kibble for him), bathe (tub for her, sink for him), and play (chasing squirrels for both). Side by side, they enjoy the same things, each in their own way. And when the long day comes to an end, both settle down for a restful sleep—that is, until tomorrow comes. Because when every day’s a dog’s day, every day is the best day . . . especially when you can spend it with the person you love.A little girl and her pet French bulldog are the perfect playmates in this all-day outdoors adventure!Illustration2015