When it came to the cover for CLEOPATRA RULES! my wonderful editor, Larry Rosler, and I struggled. Should it be illustrated? A photo of an ancient statue? A painting? "The cover has to tell the reader that this isn't an ordinary biography," Larry had said over and over again. "It has to match the voice." Fortunately, he came across the self-portrait of … [Read more...] about The Face Behind the Cover of Cleopatra Rules!
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB), one of the nation's leading children's book review journals for school and public librarians, reviewed CLEOPATRA RULES! Here's what they said:"Shecter debunks the common fund of shallow and misguided information with a humorous, teen-chatty biography that puts the young Egyptian pharaoh’s sexpot image into fresh … [Read more...] about The BCCB Weighs in on Cleopatra Rules!
One of the more fascinating legends about Cleopatra involves a very big pearl and a swig of wine. According to Pliny, Cleopatra bet Mark Antony that she could outspend him on a party. Game on! Antony went all-out for his shin-ding. When it was her turn, the queen held an ordinary banquet. Thinking he’d won, Mark Antony began to gloat. Until Cleopatra took off an oversized … [Read more...] about Did She Or Didn’t She?
Amazon says my book will not be released until October, but they LIE, I tell you, they lie! The official release date for CLEOPATRA RULES! is August 15. I've even signed stock at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur. Kirkus recently reviewed it, saying, "Shecter effectively makes the case that Cleopatra was a far more capable and powerful ruler than she has been depicted in … [Read more...] about My Book Has Arrived!
The shot of young queen Cleopatra VII is actually a self-portrait by photographer Elizabeth Salib (c). CLEOPATRA RULES! (Boyds Mill Press) comes out August 15. … [Read more...] about Finally, the cover for CLEOPATRA RULES!