Brenda Reeves Sturgis
Award winning picture book author & poet
There's a lake. With a loon. Two chicks. Sounds peaceful, right? Guess again!
The Lake Where Loon Lives starts quietly, but the cumulative story builds, one line at a time, to a wacky and wonderful and splashy crescendo, as the loons are joined by a playful fly, a slippery fish, and a curious boy on the dock.
Brenda Reeves Sturgis treats us to fanciful and evocative word play while Brooke Carlton's exuberant watercolors tell the story behind the story. Mama Loon rolls her eyes and tolerates the antics that take place on the lake until, at the end, she snuggles with her chicks who are ready for sleep, just as the readers of this wonderful picture book will be!
"Brenda Reeves Sturgis utilizes the repetitive 'House That Jack Built' rhyming scheme and expertly creates a tale that transports the reader to a summer day on a lake in Maine. What fun!”
—Chris Van Dusen, author/illustrator of The Circus Ship
"The narrative doesn't adhere strictly to the traditional rhyme scheme, giving it enough originality to keep it fresh and amusing. Carlton's delightful watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations are perfectly matched to Sturgis's playful story. From the smallest of background details to extreme close-ups, the cartoon style and bright colors are sure to catch and hold young readers' attention."
—School Library Journal