Jane Breskin Zalben has written and illustrated many distinctive picture books, including Pearl's Eight Days of Chanukah and the best-selling Beni holiday series. She is also a cookbook writer, the author of six novels for older readers, and a painter of abstract art. The mother of two grown sons, she lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband, Steven.
Victoria Chess is the illustrator of Good Night Dinosaurs
. She has also illustrated many other successful picture books for children, including the popular Slugs
by David Greenberg (Little, Brown). She lives in Warren, Connecticut.
“[A] lively early chapter book. . . . Brenda’s robust personality drives the narrative as well as the art, as Chess’s folksy watercolors capture the girl’s expressions, which vacillate wildly between outrage and exhilaration.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review “Zalben’s tale, divided into five chapters, conveys the warmth and zaniness that can make families simultaneously maddening and wonderful. . . . Brenda’s endeavors to reconcile her hopes with reality tell a tale of acceptance that will help young readers struggling with their own life transitions.”—Kirkus Reviews “A warm celebration of family and love.”—Booklist “Zalben’s lighthearted tale of flower girl dreams gone awry offers a solid presentation of character growth.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books —