Like so many readers, we're fans of Barbara Cooney's remarkable body of work. The beloved Maine children's book author and illustrator is known for "Miss Rumphius," "Ox-Cart Man," "Chanticleer and the Fox," and countless other titles. We are so pleased to be re-issuing "When the Sky is Like Lace," illustrated by Barbara Cooney and written by the talented Elinor Lander Horwitz.
Named one of the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year (1975), the picture book describes the haunting beauty of the world at night — when the sky is like lace. Horwitz' writing is as innovative as it was 40 years ago, complete with invented words and playful nouns put to use as verbs ("the trees eucalyptus back and forth"). Cooney's paintings bring the story to life with her imaginative watercolors, a softer style than used in some her best known works.
This stunning book is back thanks in part to a Maine librarian who contacted our children's book editor, Melissa Kim, and suggested a re-issue. Melissa worked her own magic to make that wish a reality. "When the Sky is Like Lace" will be released in January 2015. We can't wait to introduce the book to a whole new audience!
To preorder your copy of "When the Sky is Like Lace," visit our online bookshop.