Yasmeen Ismail is the acclaimed author and illustrator of books such as I'm a Girl!, Specs for Rex, and Time for Bed, Fred!. Both Specs for Rex and Time for Bed, Fred! were Society of Illustrator's Original Art Show Picks, and Fred was also chosen as both a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. Yasmeen attended art school in Dublin, Ireland and now lives in Bristol, England. www.yasmeenismail.co.uk
"This charming read-aloud offers readers a peek into the hidden world of a child's splendid imagination." - School Library Journal "This playful, eloquent portrayal of childhood imagination celebrating the joy of daydreaming would be a great pick for group storytime." - Booklist "Ismail's splashy watercolors plunge readers into Lila's fantasies, whether she's howling as her chariot races across the page or she's terrorizing a city like King Kong--if King Kong had strings attaching his mittens to his coat." - Publishers Weekly "Vibrant watercolors with loose lines conveying motion and energy are an ideal match for the playful, joyful text. It's hard to imagine this won't be a hit." - Kirkus Reviews "Ismail acknowledges that boys face social pressures of their own, but this is a girl's story, and Ismail's exuberant watercolors beautifully capture her heroine's energy and doughty spirit." - Publishers Weekly on I'M A GIRL! "Young readers will giggle over the protagonist's misadventures . . . A rallying cry to be enthusiastically true to oneself." - Kirkus Reviews on I'M A GIRL! "Lively, loose watercolors give the illustrations a fresh, energetic look, well matched to the young girl's spirit. A zestful celebration of being true to oneself." - Booklist on I'M A GIRL! "Ismail presents Rex's dilemma with sympathy, understanding, and a great deal of humor . . . Sweet, funny, and reassuring." - Kirkus Reviews on SPECS FOR REX "The watercolor illustrations have a breezy, abstract feel that will appeal to nursery school and early elementary school audiences." - School Library Journal on SPECS FOR REX "[R]eluctantly bespectacled kids should still find Rex's lighthearted travails reassuring." - Publishers Weekly on SPECS FOR REX "A perfectly designed read-aloud for the bedtime staller. A sheer delight!" - starred review, Kirkus Reviews on TIME FOR BED, FRED! "Ismail . . . uses bright, beautiful brush strokes of watercolor to convey the manic, tail-wagging, mud-spattering energy that Fred, a furry black mop of a dog, brings to bedtime." - The New York Times Book Review on TIME FOR BED, FRED! "Fred's eager-to-please look and the constant trouble he gets into give this the makings of a bedtime favorite." - Publishers Weekly on TIME FOR BED, FRED!