I'm Not Moving!

Wiley Blevins (Author) Mattia Cerato (Illustrator)


Dad says we have to move. He has a new job. Mom says I'll like my new room. Well, I'm not moving! Change isn't easy for young boys and girls. And when change means moving to a new school, a new house, and away from friends, well that can be downright complicated!

Product Details

Red Chair Press
Publish Date
August 01, 2014
8.7 X 0.3 X 11.0 inches | 0.85 pounds
Library Binding
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About the Author

Wiley Blevins has written more than 70 books for children, as well as created reading programs for schools in the US and Asia. Wiley currently lives and writes in New York City.

Mattia was born in Cuneo, a small town surrounded by the beautiful Italian Alps. At 2-3 years old, besides eating a lot of pasta, his father (an artist in his own right!) introduced and encouraged Mattia to draw. As a result, he spent most of his time creating funny images on every surface he could find. When Mattia grew up, he decided to study illustration at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Turin. Within eight months of graduation, he landed his first Illustration job, a book titled My First Picture Dictionary for Rass Language House, Hong Kong. Mattia resides in Cuneo and when not illustrating, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling around the world, playing his bass guitar, and skiing on the Alps.


"Dad's new job means moving to the city, a tough adjustment for little Keesha. 'I got the job, ' Dad says. 'We're moving to the city!' Mom says. 'I'm not moving, ' Keesha says. And so it goes, all through packing, loading up the car and driving past the farm and lake and woods she loves on the way to the big sunny apartment the three of them will now call home. Dad lets her paint the walls of her new room any way she'd like. Keesha chooses trees and a lake and a horse, but 'It's still not home, ' she says. Dad takes her for a walk; there's a park not far from their apartment, with a small zoo within. Mom tells her to put on her dance clothes. They check out a handful of classes that look interesting, though nobody wears a pink tutu like Keesha. She's also negative about her new school, until she finds out that she gets her own computer, sees a classmate wearing a shirt with a horse on it, and starts dancing with the others. Sold! Blevins refreshingly defies stereotypes with a heroine who happens to be African-American moving from the affluent 'burbs to the alien city. Cerato employs a spectrum of colors to good effect. Her shapes and big-eyed, big-headed people have a Lego vibe. Pleasant and reassuring." --Kirkus Reviews