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When the annual family get-together commences, humor, mischief, a twinge of jealousy, an abundance of mayhem and healthy doses of pure joy ensue in the colorful and comical new children’s book, The Cousins Are Coming.

From author and lifelong educator Kay Jones and award-winning illustrator Peter Trimarco, The Cousins Are Coming uses lyrical rhyme and playful illustrations to capture the chaos, the comedy and above all, the camaraderie that arises when young cousins have a chance to gather under one roof.

With energy and imagination to spare, the children move seamlessly from one technology-free moment to the next, with a spirited game of hide and seek, some unauthorized spying on the parents and plenty of laughs at the adults’ expense — all of which is witnessed by whimsical animal sidekicks.

Perfect for children ages 3-9, The Cousins Are Coming presents relatable interactions between children, some coming-of-age moments, a touch of tenderness and the building of memories — all of which depicts the magic of family.

Karen Rigby of Foreword Reviews had this to say: “In Kay Jones’s boisterous picture book, The Cousins Are Coming, children anticipate a day full of lighthearted adventures … it focuses on the day’s progression, honoring its events with perky rhymes. And the children’s conversations are lively — their rambunctious interactions even include the opinions of their pets. The cartoon illustrations … with fun embellishments that stretch the scale of objects … make use of a soft palette and minimized backgrounds, drawing attention to the children’s actions, which are sometimes disorderly and at other times silly.”

About the Author
Kay Jones is a 40-year educator, having taught in Oklahoma, Arkansas and currently in Dallas, Texas. If not the kids in her classroom, then her five grandchildren are inspiring her to think and learn, but most importantly to laugh. The Cousins are Coming is her first picture book, and it shows the love, the hilarity and the struggles that occur when the cousins in her family join forces. Jones originally wrote this rhyme as a piece for children to perform as a reader’s theater, while encouraging them to add their special touches to the performance. Jones brings her wit and zest for literacy to classrooms each day, and now her own unique touch to the printed page.

Peter Trimarco started his professional doodling career as an editorial cartoonist before turning to commercial art and designing packaging for the music industry. While staying in the entertainment field, he published a trade magazine for the film industry and brought his creative juices to the printed page for youngsters. Peter is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed “It’s Just So” book series (Lizzy’s World), which he co-wrote with his wife, Brenda Faatz.

For more information, visit http://www.notablekidspublishing.com/, or follow the publisher on Instagram and Facebook at notablekidspublishing.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Cousins-Are-Coming-Kay-Jones/dp/1735853542

The Cousins Are Coming
Publisher: Notable Kids Publishing
Release Date: May 23, 2023
ISBN-10: ‎1735853542
ISBN-13: ‎978-1735853543
Available from Amazon.com


Reviews, photos, links to previous interviews and Q&As are available upon request.