The Vanderbeekers: Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser

Happy, happy Friday! Please join me in welcoming Karina Yan Glaser and Katya Longhi to Watch. Connect. Read. to celebrate The Vanderbeekers: Lost and Found's exciting cover. 

Karina and Katya chatted with me about Mr. Beiderman, Nala, story, Laney, and fairytales. I wrote the words in purple, Karina wrote the words in black, and Katya wrote the words in green. Thank you, Karina and Katya! 

Katya Longhi’s cover illustration for The Vanderbeekers: Lost and Found is absolutely magical! I love how she creates a dreamy evening landscape on the rooftop of the Vanderbeeker’s brownstone while also capturing the whimsy of the moment. Katya’s illustration tells a story of their own, introducing us to this family and offering a glimpse of an intimate moment in the midst of big city bustle. I am so glad Katya could do these cover illustrations - her work is stunning!

The Vanderbeekers: Lost and Found tells the story of the Vanderbeekers, who are having a very busy autumn. They are helping Mr. Beiderman get ready for the New York City Marathon, planning their neighborhood’s Halloween 5K Fun Run, and making sure the mysterious person sleeping in the garden shed gets enough to eat. But when they discover the true identity of the person living in the community garden, their world turns upside down as they learn what it means to care for and love someone in an impossible situation. 

Did you know that my cat Nala loves to steal human food? It all started a few years ago with waffles. I had just made waffles for my family, and we had four waffles left over. I left them on a baking tray to cool, and then I made the mistake of taking my dog Ginger Pye for a walk. When I returned home, I noticed a half-eating waffle on the floor. While I processed that information, I noticed movement on the countertop. It was Nala, going back to get another waffle! Why didn’t she finish the first one before going for a second? The Great Waffle Incident was when she discovered Nala’s great love for carbohydrates. We now have to hide all of our food in the kitchen cabinets or else she sneaks out at night when she thinks we’re all sleeping to get a snack…

Story is the gift of a journey into new lands and possibilities.

The Vanderbeekers: Lost and Found’s cover illustration is a city, chairs, colorful plants; is the night, the atmosphere; is blue, red, neon pink, green, yellow; is a dog, brother and sisters, a friend; is a mix of love, friendship, courage, strength, joy. It is a mix of funny and powerful colors. :)

Karina Yan Glaser is a wonderful woman. I follow her travels and her life with her funny animals and her family on Instagram; she's really great! She was a great find for me; it's a pleasure to work with her on the Vanderbeeker books.  

Isa, Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney are everything. I love their power of love and friendship, their bond with the family, animals, and friends! Love their lives.

Fairytales and snow globes are always with me! 

Look for The Vanderbeekers: Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser on September 15, 2020.


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