Thursday, August 30, 2012

Good Review of Bad Apple in Cracking the Cover

Here is a nice review of Bad Apple from Cracking the Cover:

The meaning of “bad apple” gets turned upside down in Edward Hemingway’s new picture book, “Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship.”

Mac is a good apple. He shares his toys with the other apples and helps Granny Smith pick up after art class. One day, while Mac is taking a nap on the perfect pillow of green grass it begins to rain. When Mac wakes up, he finds he’s no longer alone — a little worm has made himself at home inside Mac’s head.

Instead of being bothered, Mac happily becomes Will’s friend. The fly kites and play in the dirt. The two are as happy as can be until they visit the orchard where the other apples make fun, calling Mac a rotten apple. Will can’t stand to see his friend hurt and leaves. But nothing is the same without Will. There’s a hole that Mac can’t fill — only his friend can do that.

In the end, Mac would rather be a bad apple with a good friend than a sad apple without one.

“Bad Apple” is a striking picture book. Bright colors and charming characters will instantly catch children’s attention. Edward’s clean and simple text is the perfect accompaniment to his bold artwork. Children will easily relate to this tale of friendship and can learn from Mac’s brave attitude toward bullying.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

New York Times Book Review

The NYTBR gave "Bad Apple" a nice review:

For a snack they can have Mac the Apple. Just kidding; that would be mean. Mac, you see, is a “good apple,” as Edward Hemingway notes in his provocatively titled “Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship.” What drives Mac to the alleged dark side? The answer is Will, a worm who takes residence in Mac’s head. Ignoring hygienic and parasitical issues, the two become instant best friends — playing in the dirt, flying kites, bobbing in a lake. But the rest of the orchard is appalled. “Look at Mac!” the other apples shout. “He’s got worms! Mac’s a rotten apple!”

 Social norms force Mac and Will apart; surprisingly effective, fruit-related pathos ensues before the two friends decide to buck convention and like whom they like. Who cares what anyone thinks? You and I have heard this story before, though not all children have, and some could use hearing it again. Hemingway — Ernest’s grandson — works charming enough variations on the formula to please even the most jaded of adult readers, or at least me, and his cheerfully innocent illustrations are affecting.

For the full text, go here.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Parents Magazine Likes "Bad Apple"

ParentsMagazine picked "Bad Apple" in its September issue as a must-have, putting it in some very good company:

Goody Blog: – Features must see, must do, must have right now items. Their Goody Bag featured Where’s Waldo?, Olivia and the Fairy Princess, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, and Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship (9/12). 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bad Apple in iBooks

Check it out! You can buy "Bad Apple" as an iBook from Apple:

Bad Apple
Category: Children's Fiction

GoodReads has a nice page with many ways to buy it:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Society of Illustrator Original Art Show

Good news for Edward Hemingway the illustrator..."Bad Apple" got into the prestigious Society of Illustrators Original Art Show 2012 (Celebrating The Fine Art of Children's Illustration). It's Ed's first time getting into a Society show. The opening is in NY in October.