James Brown was the Godfather of Soul but Jim Trelease is the Godfather of Reading. He wrote the original THE READ-ALOUD HANDBOOK almost 30 years ago and has been updating it and recommending books for kids ever since. I was delighted and honored when this renowned reading expert and author gave a blurb on the jacket of MOCKINGBIRD. He also wrote a beautiful review. The only thing he didn’t like? The cover. He hoped for a different cover in the paperback edition (April 2011). Well, here it is Mr. Trelease! (May I be so bold as to say, Jim?) I think it’s fabulous and I hope you like it, too. And thanks for all you do to promote reading for children!