farawaystar-coverOh gosh! Three lovely reviews for Periwinkle Smith and the Faraway Star! The fantastic Meghan Killeen writes:

Still twirling and whirling in her trademark tutu, the punky and pirouetting Ms. Periwinkle sets her sights on a golden telescope. Through her looking glass, Periwinkle spies birds, fish and even villainous bathtub pirates yet it’s a lonely star in the sky that captures Periwinkle’s eye and inevitably, her heart.


Periwinkle Smith is a strong and spirited girl distinguished by her signature bow, blue hair and paint-splattered tutu. Ms. Smith is equal parts childhood curiosity and rock n’ roll DIY-namics.

Wow! You can read the whole review at  the Ruby Winkle Review.

Meanwhile, here’s some of what Publisher’s Weekly had to say:

In her second adventure, Periwinkle, a mashup of Pippi Longstocking and a manga character (she sports a blue bob, oversize hair bow, and the “twirly, whirly tutu” of the previous book), loves to look through her golden telescope. When Periwinkle notices a lonely star one night, she tries several ways to deliver a message …… An inventive solution finally gets her message across. Periwinkle’s cutesy-punk appearance contrasts with her lightly textured pastel environs, emphasizing her gently iconoclastic nature.

And dare we mention the Kirkus Review?

Another sugar rush from the creators of Periwinkle Smith and the Twirly, Whirly Tutu (2009), featuring an urchin with button eyes, no nose, a huge hair bow and an outsized fund of determination……Cartoon images with plenty of pink highlights float against pastel backdrops that look like vinyl wall covering. The cover, with its spray of sparkly stars behind a balletically posed girl will accurately and instantly tell susceptible young readers all they need to know about what’s inside.

Thanks to all the reviewers, and all our fantastic pals for their continuing support! Yay!

reach for the star

Periwinkle Smith is back, in our latest book, Periwinkle Smith and the Faraway Star.

Everything is more fun to look at through her new golden telescope — the birds in the trees, the fish in the fishbowl, enemy pirate ships in the bathtub — but when Periwinkle Smith spots a lonely star in the dark sky, she decides that looking at it isn’t enough: she wants the Faraway Star to know that it has a friend.


Periwinkle Smith and the Faraway Star is available now in bookstores and online. And don’t forget Periwinkle Smith and the Twirly, Whirly Tutu, our first picture book. Ask for both books at your favorite local bookstore, or order online.