18 full-color spreads, plus 1 book cover, plus 12 young adult novels, plus one full-time job, plus one part-time job equals one estranged wife, an out of control kid and a whacked out of his mind children's book artist. But that's my life. What's an artist to do? Start a second blog! Every so often, I will review a recent children's book read. I'll be looking mainly at picture books but, as of late, I've expanded my horizon to include young adult novels. I'll give my feedback on those as well. Sometimes. Nothing official here, just my opinions, how outrageous they may be, about one of my favorite things to do, checkin' out art and words in children's books. Check me out soon (in about a month) when I take a look a recent retelling of Helen Bannerman's The Story of Little Black Sambo (Handprint Books, 2003).
"But Devas T., why not review your books here on Rants and Raves?" you're begging an answer. Because I've discovered that this blog, although originally targeted to the children's literary community, has drawn a more diverse readership. I'm not even sure if the lit community is checkin' a brotha out, So why bore everyone else with my thoughts on, say, The Little Engine That Could? I'm still gonna be me up in here, this isn't a blog about current events, pop culture, or the latest music. It just Devas T., all the time, rantin' and ravin' about the highs and lows in the life of children's book illustrator Don Tate. Thanks for your support.