Betsy Devany in three scenes:
- Betsy is the 2016 picture book debut author of Lucy’s Lovey, illustrated by award-winning New York Times-bestselling illustrator Christopher Denise and published by Henry Holt (Christy Ottaviano Books). Spunky Lucy has seventeen baby dolls, all uniquely named. But from the get-go, the peppermint scented cloth doll, aptly named Smelly Baby, becomes Lucy’s lovey and does everything with Lucy, in the process becoming quite, well, smelly. When the doll is lost following an incident involving Stasher, a pug obsessed with swiping stuffies, Lucy remains loyal to what remains of her lovey. But then Smelly Baby returns home . . . different.
- Lucy’s Lovey has themes of friendship, family, creative play, independence, resilience, and loyalty.
- Betsy Devany grew up in in Teaneck, NJ and comes from a creative family. She lives near Mystic, CT with her rescue dog, Buddy; rescue cat, Terrapin; and her life-sized lovey, Norman the gorilla. When not writing or doing creative play with her grandkids, she works at an old-fashioned toy store where she meets hundreds of rag-tag loveys, and occasionally offers on-the-spot therapy for parents who accidentally left their child’s lovey on the roof of the family car, strapped their sleeping child in their car seat and then drove away. Betsy also rescues lost loveys, almost always successfully reuniting them with their kids.
LUCY’S LOVEY will be available September 27, 2016, wherever books are sold.
For anyone who’d like to share a childhood lovey story, please contact Betsy via her website. You can also post lovey pics with the hashtag #WhosYourLovey.