Sketches From a Spy Tree
Publication Date: June 2005
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Perched in the branches of her favorite tree with her sketchbook, Anne-Marie watches the world go by. While recording her observations of neighbors, friends, and family, she thinks about her father, who left two years before; about Mike, who seems to be trying to take his place; about her twin sister, Mary Anne, who looks like her (at least to adults) but sees things very differently. Poems in Anne-Marie’s voice, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, and always honest, take readers through a year of change in the life of a family and in Anne-Marie’s heart. Illustrations that include paintings, drawings, and collage capture the text’s emotional range and Anne-Marie’s own artistic vision.
Andrew Glass, also a twin, has illustrated many picture books for Clarion, including Ananse’s Feast, The Bourbon Street Musicians, and Crabby Cratchitt. He lives in New York City with his wife.
"A series of remarkably candid poems...remarkable watercolors, sketches, photographs, and collages bring Anne Marie's experiences to life." SLJ School Library Journal
"An unusually fresh approach to illustration...uses free verse and freewheeling art with distinction." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA
"Of special interest to readers who may themselves be facing a shift in family structure." Kirkus Reviews Kirkus Reviews
"The enticing layout and friendly text will invite exploration from poetic young readers." THE BULLETIN Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books