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I’m thrilled to share the news that my newest book Lint Boy

comes out today!

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed making it.


Lint Boy


I was won over immediately by Leijten’s nostalgic art nouveau style,

which captures both the sweetness of Lint Boy and the sadistic potential

of his nemesis. The ink and watercolor drawings, in a palette of soft

greens, blues and golds with flashes of candy-cane red, are each an

intricate invention, full of delicate curls and sprightly shadows.

The storyline, which shifts back and forth in time, may be a little

confusing to the youngest readers, but it’s spooky and compelling and

the surprises keep on coming, right to the end. It’s a beautiful book and

a great read for kids who appreciate a good case of the shivers.


Nancy Schoenberg, for the Chicago Tribune


Other books by Leijten: Hugging Hour, Bella & Bean, City Hall

  • I was delighted to read and review for Seattle Public School Librarians;
     “First joy, then despair fills his little life after his similarly dryer-born Lint Bear buddy is snatched by gnarled hands, dipped in muck and imprisoned in suspended bird cages along with other dolls in an abandoned toy shop by wicked, stone-hearted Tortua.  Lint Boy has pluck and resourcefulness enough to lead the desperate dolls to a  liberating triumph  in this 120 page testament to all you can make with a bit of fluff, a needle and thread and a grand imagination.  Lint Boy’s pale watercolor and ink illustrations spin a yarn to remember in this quirky 120 page graphic novel. Likely to delight fans of Lemony Snicket’s  and a potential inspiration to a needle and thread renaissance of scrap doll-making. Recommended.”

    July 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm

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