Steve Breen, author/illustrator of Violet the Pilot (Dial) and Stick (Puffin), won his second Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning for his work with the San Diego Union-Tribune. Breen is only the 12th person ever to win the prize for Editorial Cartooning more than once. "Stick" was reissued in paperback this month, and Breen’s newest picture book, The Secret of Santa’s Island, will be released in October by Dial.
Stick is a frog who likes to do things on his own—with no help from Mom. But one day he gets carried away . . . literally. His tongue accidentally sticks to a dragonfly when he tries to catch a mosquito, and off he's pulled across the swamp, through town, and into the big city of New Orleans, causing some very funny havoc along the way. When he finds himself stranded at the seashore, far from his mom, will he finally be ready to ask for help?
Author/illustrator Steve Breen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and the creator of the comic strip Grand Avenue. Stick, his picture-book debut, is rambunctious, silly, and couldn't be more endearing.
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Violet the Pilot
Violet, a mechanical genius, could repair almost any appliance by the time she was two. At age eight she started to build elaborate flying contraptions from spare parts and machinery that she salvaged from the family business, a junkyard next door. Accompanied by her faithful and fearless dog (aptly named Orville), Violet flies the local skies in her innovative flying machines. She reads Popular Science Monthly for new ideas and dreams about winning a prize at the upcoming air show. Perhaps a blue ribbon would end the relentless teasing from the children at school and garner her some newfound respect. En route to the air show, Violet uses her latest flying invention to become a hero in an entirely unexpected way.
This book is superb. With its gifted female protagonist and clever storyline, Violet the Pilot packs a powerful punch with lessons about innovation, human resources, and women in science. Steve Breen’s delightful illustrations are marked by a sense of humor, expressive facial features, and skillful attention to detail (witness the posters of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in Violet’s bedroom). The blend of entertainment, emotional fluctuations and substantive content add to this book an utterly satisfying read for children and adults alike.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
Congrats to Steve Breen on his second Pulitzer Prize!