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Author-illustrator Vincent X. Kirsch’s picture book From Archie to Zack is an unapologetic celebration of friendship and first crushes.
“Archie loves Zack!”
“Zack loves Archie!”
Everyone said it was so.
But Archie hasn’t told Zack yet. And Zack hasn’t told Archie. They spend just about every minute together: walking to and from school, doing science and art projects, practicing for marching band, learning to ride bikes, and so much more.
Over the course of a few months, Archie tries to write a letter to Zack to tell him how he feels—from A to Z. None of his drafts sound quite right, so he hides them all away. One by one, Archie’s friends (Zelda, Zinnia, and Zuzella) find the letters . . . but they know exactly whom they’re meant for.
This picture book from Vincent X. Kirsch celebrates young, queer love in a whimsical, kid-friendly way.
“A pure and perfect capture of first love.” —School Library Journal (Starred Review)
About the Author
Vincent X. Kirsch is an author, illustrator, playwright, and designer. He is the author/illustrator of books for children, including How I Learned to Fall Out of Trees and Natalie & Naughtily. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.
"A pure and perfect capture of first love, joyful and painful in the worries and doubt; the love on the page is so vivid it raises goosebumps of veracity and provides parents with a model to share with any child in the throes of a lasting crush."—School Library Journal
"This is a gentle, catchy, quick read that is sure to put a smile on the listener’s face and a request for another read-through."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[A] heartwarming, sweet-spirited story of friendship and more." —Booklist