NINA VICTOR CRITTENDEN is an artist, certified veterinary technician, scarf knitter, and tea drinker. She works traditionally using ink and watercolor on hot pressed paper to create her illustrations. Nina is fascinated by the natural world and inspired by the mythological one. She lives in Minnesota with her loving family and sweet pets—including fish, bunnies, a guinea pig, and one little pug.
Also, please shop for Nina’s books on:
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For more information, please contact Teresa Kietlinski at teresa(a)bookmarkliterary.com.
“Defined by swoopy black-brown lines, Crittenden’s pastel-hued cartoons create an air of innocent fun on every page, dovetailing with the wholesome tone of the retelling.”—Publisher’s Weekly
* Behind the Scenes interview with Nina Victor Crittenden on little bee books blog
by Lori Mortensen
illus. by Nina Victor Crittenden (Henry Holt, 2016)
• a South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) Book Award Nominee, 2018-2019
• Teacher’s guide available at: CHICKEN LILY TEACHER’S GUIDE
“The watercolor, pen, and ink illustrations are large and, well, cute. Lily’s classmates are all friendly and happy, and Lily’s face is expressive. VERDICT A good choice for schools and public libraries.” —School Library Journal
“Touches of humor, verbal and visual, make Lily’s baby step toward bravery believable and replicable. Nice addition to storytimes and good bibliotherapy for anyone who’s a little chicken.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Punny is the order of the day in this egg-cellent book about a not-so-chicken Lily.”—Bookroo.com
“Every classroom has its shy kids, but this picture book thrusts one into the spotlight and lets her shine.”—Booklist
“Lily is literally and figuratively a chicken … Filled with seamlessly incorporated poultry puns and idioms … the wordplay makes this title a good choice for schools and public libraries.”—School Library Journal