Warm Feelings or Hold the Laxatives

I just received an e-mail from my publisher. It was from the reviews department. They send the authors and illustrators copies of all reviews published about their books. This is something of a double edged sword. One knows that opening such e-mails will result in either warm feelings of appreciation or kicked in the stomach nausea and prompt construction of a reviewer voodoo doll, complete with teeny, tiny laxative pills. One must always brace oneself before clicking "open".

The news was good. In fact, the news was wonderful. A Party in Ramadan, by Asma Mobin-Uddin and illustrated by yours truly, had won a Parent"s Choice Award. This gives me that wonderful warm feeling AND renewed hope that kids of all cultures and backgrounds will see their stories told, see those stories shared, and see that it is good. Very, very good.