Applause, Applause!— The Bear and the Piano

This book just looks magical. The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield looks and reads like a classic fairy tale and I find that really refreshing and appealing. I want to dive into David Litchfield’s gorgeous, light emitting paintings. This beautiful book reminds me of many of the classic picture books of yore ( …

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Making Yaks Yak with Linda Sue Park, A Book Giveaway and a Birthday!

Here’s something to crow about— Yaks Yak, Animal Word Pairs by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by me hits the bookshelves today! In this fun and funny picture book “Bugs bug bugs”, ” Flounders flounder”, and “Steers steer”! I asked Linda Sue where her idea came from for the book, and …

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Night Animals by Gianna Marino– Lights Up the Dark with Laughter!

  Night Animals by Gianna Marino, what a hilarious and beautifully designed romp through the very “scary” night woods. Only the whites of their eyes show on the black end pages and set the stage for the “dark” story to come.The premise that night animals are afraid of the dark …

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William & the Missing Masterpiece… a cheesy mystery!

  William & the Missing Masterpiece made me laugh. It was smart and silly and… cheesy. The cover alone is hilarious as the author/illustrator, Helen Hancocks has cleverly shown only bits of what we know are famous paintings. The first page opens with William, “international cat of mystery” receiving an …

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A Heavenly Design… Stars, by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee

Stars, by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee. What a beautiful, beautiful book. No names are on the front cover. None. Which made me really want to explore this book and look for the answer to ‘why’ that decision was made? The jacket features just the word, “Stars” brighter at the …

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The Perilous Paper Predicament

  A few weeks ago my family came home to a very grumpy me. Over the next several days my mood worsened. As I explained the magnitude of my  situation to my compassionate loved ones, I became aware that most people don’t know the importance of something which is absolutely critical to an illustrator’s vocation— paper. My …

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Illustrating THE INVENTOR’S SECRET—A Book Give-Away!!!!! And Suzanne’s Winners Announced!

Charlesbridge Publishing contacted me in June, of 2013 to ask if I would illustrate a non-fiction picture book written by our very own, spectacular, Suzanne Slade. The book is titled, THE INVENTOR’S SECRET, WHAT THOMAS EDISON TOLD HENRY FORD. In this 48 page non-fiction picture book, Suzanne shares the story of Thomas Edison’s successes and Henry …

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The Secret is Out: The Inventor’s Secret releases today (plus a unique give-away!)

Okay, so what are the odds? I post once a month on Picture Book Builders, and this month my turn fell on September 8, the release date of my newest book, The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford.  (By the way, my son calculated the odds of this …

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