Katie Woo is the most relatable, fun-loving Chinese-American character to hit the Easy Reader stage in some time. This book and the other simultaneously published sequel, Katie in the Kitchen, demonstrate more of Katie's antics. Spring has arrived, and Katie, JoJo, and Pedro are thinking about the season they each like best. From "roasting hot dogs and eating ice cream" to "sledding and tossing snowballs," the kids debate their favorite bits until it ends with Pedro giving a "puddle such a kick that water [splashes] on Katie's face." She starts to jump rope, and the three end up in a pile after Katie trips and lands on them. The friends' two minor conflicts are quickly resolved with laughs and smiles. Readers will be reassured that even the best of friends have their disagreements. Manushkin's "Katie Woo" series is perfectly designed for kids who have trouble with writing and comprehension. Discussion questions, writing prompts, a glossary, and a craft project make up the latter part of the book. This series is a delightful precursor to the "Ruby Lu" books by Lenore Look. Reviewer: Kristy Lyn Sutorius
Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo — she's Fran's great-niece — but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.
Tammie Lyon began her love for drawing at a young age while sitting at the kitchen table with her dad. She continued her love of art and eventually attended The Columbus College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. After a brief career as a professional ballet dancer, she decided to devote herself full time to illustration. Today she lives with her husband, Lee, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dogs, Gus and Dudley, keep her company as she works in her studio.