By Holman Wang
“These books avoid the usual stereotypes… and are just gorgeous to look at” ~ Betsy Bird, A Fuse 8 Production
A few years ago, while I was in the throes of raising toddlers, I was walking my dog around the neighbourhood thinking about ideas for new books when a spark popped into my head. (As an aside, if you’ve heard it said that repetitive, physical, non‐verbal action stirs creativity, I totally agree!) I thought to myself, “Boy, parents really do wear a lot of hats.” For example, we’re curators of modern art (or, at least, finger paintings on the fridge), architects designing built form (or pillow forts, anyway), and receptionists scheduling important meetings (or playdates). And that’s just the beginning of what parents do! From this germ of an idea grew Great Job, Mom! and Great Job, Dad! — my new picture books that are out with Tundra Books | Penguin Random House on March 26, 2019!
Great Job, Mom! and Great Job, Dad! are ironic jobs primers, love letters to my wife and children, and an almost documentary‐style glimpse at parenting today. But most of all, they’re a lot of fun!
As with my other books — Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns — the illustrations are produced through a combination of needle felting, scale‐model set and prop making, and photography. The result is artwork that I hope you’ll find distinctive, warm, and refreshing.
Come back in the coming months to find out more about the journey these books will be embarking on in the world of children’s literature and beyond. In the meantime, let’s raise a glass to all the hard‐working mom’s and dad’s out there! You’re doing a GREAT JOB!
“Wang’s scenes…are genius… The photography and needle felting are not to be missed… sure to capture readers’ imaginations” ~ Kirkus Reviews
Great Job, Dad! and Great Job, Mom!
Great Job, Mom! ~ GENERAL
Great Job, Dad! ~ WAITER
Behind the scenes
Great Job, Dad! ~ LIBRARIAN
Great Job, Dad! ~ PILOT
“Wang captures a remarkable sense of motion, expression, and realism in his scenes. This little family feels so authentic, readers may forget that it is made from wool” ~ Publishers Weekly
“Ideal for family read alouds” ~ CM Magazine