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26. Dogger

When's the last time you read Shirley Hughes' classic, Dogger? Isn't it time you gave it another read? Here's your temptation...

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27. Beautiful Bologna

Sunday was my play day here in Bologna. Susan Eaddy (Midsouth SCBWI Regional Advisor) has been to Bologna many times to help out with the SCBWI booth, so she's learned her way around. We spent the morning visiting the many and amazing Catholic cathedrals. (Remember, this is Italy!) They truly are stunning. (I'm mixing them up here, but you get the idea...)

Not an inch of space is left free of decoration. And it was interesting to see how most of the artwork looked similar - as if by the same hands. And perhaps they were, with master artists and their apprentices. This Renaissance look was everywhere, and ironic considering I don't know anybody (personally) who paints like that today. (An interesting contrast to what I'll share later from the book fair.)

Which is a shame. We don't build like this anymore either.
Heck, even they didn't build like they used to. We had the opportunity to see some terra cotta sculptures that blew my mind. This was The Campianto by sculptor Niccolo dell'Arca who passed away in the 1400s. Wow.
Another terra cotta wasn't quite as moving, but still had so much more motion compared to the marble sculptures surrounding it. This one was by Alfonso Lombardi in the 1500s.
One of the high points was to see the altar to Saint Catherine. It's usually locked, so this was a rare treat. Here's Susan at the open door.
We were able to walk right up to the altar, which is famous for two reasons. One, this little angel on the right is believed to be hand carved by Michelangelo himself.
And two, when you walk around the back of the altar, you get to see what is called a relic - a valued piece of a revered saint. In this case, quite a big piece. They have Saint Catherine's head (now a skull) ensconced in this beautiful case - and yes, you can see it in there.
Outside, Susan explained the mystery of these harsh exteriors.
Apparently these rough-looking bricks are the structure before the facade is built on. So here you see the finished Basilica di San Petronio at the bottom and the work-in-progress at the top. (So far, it's been several centuries - these things take time.)
     The Basilica overlooks Piazza Maggiore - pretty much the center of Bologna. Just off to the side is the Piazza del Nettuno with its Fontana del Nettuno, which is a favorite meeting spot for Book Fair attendees. "I'll meet you at the Neptune Fountain!" is a common phrase here.
Pardon the angle, but Susan and I couldn't resist a selfie.
And this was all before lunch! Susan had to run to the Fair grounds to set up the SCBWI booth and I was left alone. Or so I thought. Within a few minutes I ran into Margo and Marilyn from dinner the night before. (How strange to hear your name called out in a completely foreign city surrounded by thousands of people!) We had tea while overlooking the piazza for a while.
     And then I ran into fellow classmate Catherine Thomann. We did the more modern side of Bologna and did some shopping down Via dell-Indeipendenza, which connects the city north to south. The sun came out, our sweaters came off. I bought a scarf as my Italian souvenir. And we had wine and cheese at a lovely out of the way cafe. What a day!
     And that wasn't even all! SCBWI hosted a private party that evening at Libreria Trame Bookstore. It was a great opportunity to catch up with industry friends from America - so very cool!
     So that was Day 2, and I haven't even made it to the Book Fair yet! It's coming, I promise!

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28. Illustration Challenge #44

Is it a pretty day where you are? Just take your sketch book outside and DRAW! Whatever you like - a close up of a flower, or a landscape of a park. The point being, enjoy your time outside!

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29. Friday Linky List - 8 April 2016

On Today (via Cynsations): Children's author Beverly Cleary on turning 100: 'I didn't do it on purpose'

From Janette Rallison & CJ Hill Books: Ten Things Published Authors Won't Tell You

From Jane Friedman: My favorite books on getting published

From Ask the Agent: Question - "But ok if I get an agent, what are my chances of selling a book REALLY?" Answer...

From Imgur: Advice From the Creator of Calvin and Hobbes (in comic book form, of course)

From School Library Journal: Copyright: Will We Always Be Behind the Times? | Tech Tidbits Phil Goerner shares some great resources to help you and your students understand copyrights!
From GCF LearnFree.org: Blog Basics: Copyright and Fair Use

From Shelf Awareness: Cool Idea of the Day: Little Free Library Grants

From PW Global Rights: Bologna 2016: Agents Talk Children's and YA Trends

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30. Rebecca Dudley's HANK HAS A DREAM - Guest post

Making Real Look Real -
- The Material Challenges of Three Dimensional Illustration

by Rebecca Dudley

      Just last week I was wracking my brain, trying to think of a modeling material that had some mass to it, something like clay, but flexible and light. I tried metal mesh but it is awful -- the edges are sharp, it was like trying to make origami with a ball of pins. Chicken wire has the same problem, and it fights your efforts to make mounds with it, it wants to be flat. I returned to my old standby, clay, but making masses with clay is not ideal because it is expensive, takes a long time to dry and solid clay can be quite heavy, even when completely dry. I was staring at a heap of mangled wire mesh I realized I had something in the kitchen that was better than all these materials: aluminum foil. It is light, inexpensive, abundant, it can be stretched, squeezed and punctured. I have been using it for a week now and it is my new favorite material!

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      All the materials I work with are easily available – everything in my pictures is clay, wire, cloth, wood or paper. I built Hank’s little blimp from bass wood. I drew the frame directly on the bass wood sheets, cut it out and covered it with ‘silkspan’, a paper that tightens a little bit when spritzed lightly with water. It is an old technique, the same technique my father used for making model planes in the 1930s. It takes patience, and just a little skill.
      For everything that appears in my scenes, every tree, stream, stone, leaf, and character, there are dozens of failed prototypes. I make things that look good by first making a lot of things that look bad. I experiment a lot with materials, which means there is going to be some waste. I can usually find a use for the rejected prototypes. I have a big bag of dried clay which works great as “landfill” when I am building mountains.

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      The trees are made from lightweight, air-drying clay. I made so many awful trees before I came up with the technique I use now. After dozens of attempts to make clay look like bark it occurred to me that bark is a record of movement and, specifically, a record of stretching. I realized I needed to make the tree bark using a method of stretching, so I found stretchy clay and it worked really well. All previous clay bark attempts showed my finger marks which gave away the scale of the model trees and ruined the illusion that the whole set is larger than it really is.

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      Hank is sewn from three different fabrics. It took about a month to make him. I made four prototypes before I made the Hank you see in the books. Hank has a “stand in” or understudy so he doesn’t have to spend the entire day on set. I use the understudy for scale. As I am building a set I need to see where Hank is going to be in the final image. I may change an entire set if Hank’s head is not hitting the horizon line the way I want it to, so I need a version of Hank on the set constantly as I am building the scene.
      I use Photoshop to remove the little supports that hold everything in place, pins and wires, but I try not to use it for anything more than that. It would be easy to add dramatic light and shadows in Photoshop, but when I am tempted to tweak the overall image that way I know it is a sign that the picture is not good enough and I need to re-take it. Children are exposed to so many Photoshopped images and I want them to be able to look at my photographs and trust that the scenes are real.

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Click the image below to watch the book trailer for HANK HAS A DREAM on YouTube - FABULOUS!

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31. Bologna - The Arrival!

I am in Bologna, Italy! I'm here for the Children's Book Fair, but I arrived a day early to enjoy this lovely city. The first thing that struck me about this trip was how odd it was to be leaving Edinburgh, realizing that it is now home - that when people ask me where I'm from, my story has grown quite a bit more complicated! Georgia? Virginia? Scotland. At any rate, the first plane went to Amsterdam, and from there, it was a small plane to Italy.

I navigated everything just fine and ended up in sweet Bologna. I'm staying at an AirBnB in the city center. This is my view. (I'm not in Scotland anymore!)
Agatha got me set up on Wifi and had put together a map o key places to see and good restaurants, then I had to rush off to meet friends for dinner. It was Chris Cheng (Regional Advisor for SCBWI Australia), Susan Eaddy (Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Midsouth), Marilyn and Margo (Conference Coordinators for New England).
We met up at La Mela, just off of Piazza Maggiore. The one sad thing about this trip is being gluten free - no pasta, no pizza. PAH! So, I had stewed octopus instead, which was delicious.
Afterwards, we went for gelato - something the Italians are famous for, and rightly so. Then we walked around a bit. It's just beautiful here.
And I saw no less than four couples completely making out right in public. Yes, this is a country for lovers.
In the center of town there are two enormous towers. One is much bigger, while the smaller one leans just a bit. (Not as much as this photo would imply!)
The reason for them isn't completely clear, although the going story is that wealthy families built them to be able to keep an eye on the countryside and any possible invaders. Here are Chris and Susan with the tower.
And the rest of us. (Not a great angle, but I was trying to get us with the towers.)
We split up after that and Susan and I meandered to the monastery where she's staying. One of the things that immediately strikes you here are the covered colonnades. You could walk the entire city in the rain and never need an umbrella because of these covered sidewalks. And they are BEAUTIFUL. No two are alike, and I am in awe of their construction. I've walked on marble, terrazzo, shaped stones, and then there was this one.
There are little bits of beauty everywhere.
And a little bit of not so beautiful. This is Santa Lucia.
I have never seen a more intimidating religious structure in my life. It screamed 'inquisition' even though that happened in another country. Fear of God indeed.
     So, I made it back to my flat and after that long day, I fell over. The nice thing, though? No jet lag. It's only an hour's difference from home. Yeah, I know.
     Check back soon for my wrap up of the Bologna Children's Book Fair!

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32. Coloring Page Tuesday - Spaghetti!

     I'm in Italy this week and this is what I hope I'll be doing! Okay, I'm gluten free, but I hear the Italians are very supportive of that since they were the original home of gluten-based decadence! I hope so!
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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33. Bologna Children's Book Fair!!!

As you read this, I will be in ITALY!! That's right. April 2nd through 8th I am finally off to the Bologna Children's Book Fair - something I've wanted to do my entire career as a children's book creator. Now that we live in Scotland, it finally became doable! Add to that, the SCBWI only has a presence every other year, and this is the year! I can't WAIT!
     I've been busy preparing everything I'll need. I have my postcards.

I made my own portfolio. It's small enough that it will fit in my backpack, with an acetate cover to protect it (orange!).
And I bound it using the tortoise shell Japanese stab binding design with thread I dyed hot pink. It's a cultural clash, but so is my life right now!
I mentioned SCBWI... I am the official SCBWI twitterer (tweeter? twit?). At any rate, if you follow at https://twitter.com/SCBWIBologna or #bol16SCBWI, that'll be me trying to keep you up-to-date on all the happenings. Wish me luck with that!
Meanwhile, I've been busy planning meetings and lunches and dinners and such. Some big ones are:
1) I will finally meet Rana DiOrio, my publisher at Little Pickle Press
2) I will participate in TWO drawing challenges at the SCBWI booth on Tuesday
3) I'll have a table from which to share my wares within SCBWI on Wednesday
4) I'll have dinner with Erszi Deak and Susan Eaddy the first night there
5) I'll hang out with writer and illustrator peeps throughout
I cannot WAIT! And of course, I'll share with you guys on FB, twitter, and HERE on my blog! I hope you'll follow along - wrap-up blog posts coming soon.

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34. More gloves!

Remember my post about found gloves being left on fence posts in the hopes that their owners might be back by for them? Lost Something? Well, before it gets too warm and people stop wearing gloves altogether, I wanted to share more of these visible acts of kindness with you. And truly, there seems to have been an uptick in lost gloves on fence posts of late. Perhaps it's a sign of spring? Folks are taking off their gloves and well...

Not that I would know anything about losing things. Hm. I lost a favorite scarf when I first moved here, had to back track for both of my gloves a few months ago, and I had to walk across town for my plaid cap the other day. I wear it almost daily, so there was no question about going to fetch it. But some gloves really do get left behind...
I hate it for the little kid who lost his or her froggie. But some nice person picked it up and put it on a ledge. I especially love it when I notice a lost glove, and walk by the next day only for it to no longer be there. I like to think they found their way home.
It's also a nice way to show off this lovely city, where I live with old stones, ancient and modern buildings, cobbled streets, moss(!), and textures everywhere.

And they don't always end up on old iron fence posts. This one was in the Meadows (one of our most central parks) on the way to dinner the other night.
And sometimes really nice gloves get left behind. I love the compositions they create.
This one was actually in the College of Art.
And of course, sometimes people lose more than just a glove. I know somebody else who likes to take pictures of stray shoes. Hm. I'll have to look for those. Meanwhile, somebody found a bag near one of our local restaurants. Is it yours?

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35. Marla Frazee

In her studio. "Time in matters." This is a great video! Click the image to watch on Vimeo.

Thanks to Travis Jonker for the link.

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36. Illustration Challenge #43

Let's play with texture this time... choose an object that has an interesting surface texture—shiny, fuzzy, bumpy, whatever! Try to draw it and capture that texture.

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37. Friday Linky List - 1 April 2016

From Phyllis Harris: How did the whole adult coloring books craze start, anyway?

From The Guardian: Carnegie medal and Kate Greenaway shortlists 2016 announced

From SCBWI British Isles: What is the value of listening to a story? Q&A with Untold Tales

From The Guardian: How William Shakespeare changed the way you talk - in pictures (by my friend John Shelley!)

From Jane Friedman (via Candy Gourlay): The Pros and Cons of Using a Facebook Profile But Not an Official Page

From the BBC: JK Rowling shares Robert Galbraith rejection letters

From Writer's Digest: Coping With Writer's Jealousy

From The Hub: Magical Realism as Metaphor

From PW: Four Questions for... Peter Brown

From The Picture Book Den: The Picture Book Event Anxiety Check List - OMG!!! LOL!!!

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38. Jaleigh Johnson's THE SECRETS OF SOLACE - Guest Post

Story Behind the Story
by Jaleigh Johnson

      The story behind THE SECRETS OF SOLACE is as simple as this: I love museums. I always have. To me, they are windows to times and places that are gone now, attempts at preserving things that need to be remembered. Several years ago, I visited the Louvre in Paris, France. What a fascinating place. You step into a big glass pyramid, walk down a turning stairway, and there you are, with paths to cavernous, connected rooms and thousands of artifacts waiting to be explored.
      As I walked through each room, night began to fall, and the windows turned dark. The museum was open later than usual that night, and as the crowds began to thin and my footsteps echoed on the floors, I began to feel as if I was in a different world. I could have explored for ages.
      My mind always being in one world or another, after that visit I began to think about the idea of a museum filled with objects preserved from different worlds. Who would build such a place and why? That’s how I came up with the idea for the archivists, the dedicated men and women who have made it their life’s mission to study and preserve the objects from other worlds that fall in the meteor storms in Solace. They collect objects and store them in vast, underground museums deep in the mountains. Some of these objects are beautiful, some scientific, and some of them feel like magic. All of them are worthy of being preserved and remembered, but in such a large museum, sometimes things get…lost.
     It’s up to my protagonist, Lina Winterbock, a lost girl herself, to find them. She teams up with a brave, resourceful boy named Ozben, and their adventures and choices could end up changing their world forever. Because every object, no matter how small, has a purpose, and every person, no matter how small they may feel, is important.

     JALEIGH JOHNSON is a lifelong reader, gamer, and moviegoer. She loves nothing better than to escape into fictional worlds and take part in fantastic adventures. She lives and writes in the wilds of the Midwest, but you can visit her online at jaleighjohnson.com or on Twitter at @JaleighJohnson.

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39. Woodcuts at the University of Edinburgh

I've been surprised to find that I really enjoy doing woodcuts. Some recent projects have let me experiment with it, and although I'm still terrible at it, I do enjoy the process. The first project was to do an illustration from a classic novel. I chose Robinson Crusoe. He seems to be constantly worrying about religion, so I created the image on the left on Asian Plywood. The second project was to do 15 prints (all the same) utilizing the print lab (screen print, relief print, etc.). Sign and number the pieces, one for each of our fellow illustration classmates. I decided to do a children's book version of The Wild Hunt - on the right.

At first, I liked the Asian plywood better, it carved more easily. But then it warped. Hm. The MDF was a little harder to carve, but stayed flat. Here's my print setup:
I was so proud of myself, I didn't need to ask for help once!
Not even when I used the more modern relief printer.
Although, maybe I should have. Our third project was to create a portfolio to hold the 15 prints we get from our classmates. I made the portfolio just fine, then decided to make a label using a linocut. What's wrong with this picture?
Did you get it? Click the image to go see the answer.

Yeah. That was an hour of my life wasted. PAH! And I don't like working on the lino as much anyhow. But, y'know what? I'm LEARNING!!!!!
     So the final prints were done. Maybe you noticed I made the same mistake on the Robinson Crusoe piece? Lucky for me, the final product was digital for that one, so I was able to reverse it. The project also required a second color being added in. Here's my final:
The Wild Hunt took a little longer. I had to ink the woodcut, carefully place it on the relief printer with paper facing right side down, then the heavy fabric on top. Roll, roll, roll, roll... for every single print—16 total (one was a test). It was time consuming. But I got them all done.
I think they look better from a distance. My method is a mess, but considering this was only the third woodcut of my life, I'm okay with it. (I hope I get better at this!) Meanwhile, this is what my classmates will receive:

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40. Coloring Page Tuesday - Tortoise and the Hare

     What if...
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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41. Bookmarks at ECA!

Thursday was the Bookmarks event at the Edinburgh College of Art. My fellow classmates have been panicking for days preparing for it.

I decided to just observe this year mostly because I'm also trying to put together my PhD proposal instead. But I did get to enjoy! Here was the sculpture court as folks set up. It got insanely busy later.
Lectures began at 1:00 - speakers were bookmakers, museum curators, printers, and professors from other colleges. It is amazing what a book can be, so much more than we initially assume! Here's a good example. Sorour Fattahi did the most amazing things with the book form:
I got so inspired by what people showed. My favorites were collograph pieces by Anupa Gardner - GADS! And first year illustration students had made some stunning mini woodcut books.
My friend Sara did well, and I bought a diary from her.
And all my fellow post grad classmates did well too. Look at the spread!
I was so proud of them! Here are Karin, Catherine and Sarah - good job, guys!

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42. Kubo

This looks really interesting! I want to see! Click the image to watch the trailer on Youtube:

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43. Illustration Challenge #42

In honor of Janice Hardy's Icebox Challenge over at Fiction University, I give you a similar challenge... Pull something out of your cabinets or from your kitchen counter—fruit, a box of crackers, a can of soup—and render it as realistically as you can. Don't forget to choose some interesting lighting!

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44. Illustration Challenge #41

Try to draw water - in all its forms: rain, river, ice, mist, lake, ocean. Your choice!

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45. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ooooo - this looks like it may even be more fun than the book! I can't wait! Click the image to read an article about the upcoming movie at Entertainment Weekly and watch the trailer.

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46. Edinburgh Printmakers

All sorts of traditional printing methods have made a real comeback in the art world. In no small part, Edinburgh Printmakers is partly responsible. This is a print studio just around the corner from where we live. They were having a clearance sale on Saturday, so Stan and I dropped by.

Image from Google Street
It was a beautiful day, and word had gotten out. The place was jam-packed with people! On the second floor there was a window where you could look down into the print studio.

Click the image to see a larger version in a new window.
In the back left you can see the screen printing tables. There's a press, sort of like our ECA Eagle Press near the front, although this one looks to be a little newer (but still old). Drying racks are to the left of that. Heck, the place is just chocked full of fun toys. It makes me want to get into our print studio at school and get my fingers in some paint! And I may have to explore etching next year. Hmmmmm.

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47. Coloring Page Tuesday - Peter Cottontail!

     Here comes Peter Cottontail... in STYLE!!!!
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     CLICK HERE to sign up to receive alerts when a new coloring page is posted each week and... Please check out my books! Especially...
my debut novel, A BIRD ON WATER STREET - winner of six literary awards. Click the cover to learn more!
     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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48. Pomegranates and Color Palettes

I don't know if it's because I'm a student, or if there's just more color here in Edinburgh (they use colored lights in such strategic and beautiful ways here), but I have been hyper aware of awesome color palettes of late. One of the best ones has occurred around a restaurant on Leith Walk called Pomegranates.

Image from restaurant website.
The other day we ate at a restaurant across the street and I had a great view of the facade of Pomegranates. The paint on the exterior alone was enough to excite this artist's brain. But add to that the people walking by in various colored coats and sweaters (olive, scarlet, navy, pink, etc.) and it became a constantly changing feast for my eyes! I couldn't stop commenting on it.
     Stan just rolled his eyes. "You're such an artist."
     So, this weekend we went to Pomegranates for lunch. It is some amazingly delicious mediterranean food, so we will be back. But what really got me were the colors. The inside was even better than the outside!
I mean look at the chartreuse and scarlet, light purple, aubergine, turquoise, hot pink - GADS! And then, THEN, a woman walked in wearing a French's mustard yellow coat! My head nearly exploded!

Image from restaurant website.
She sat down at a table near us and proceeded to reveal a light chartreuse shirt. Even the wood trim took on an orange hue with the light shining on it. Between that, the table cloth and her coat, I just couldn't stand it!

Image from restaurant website.
I love color and I love how it moves me here - I am inspired constantly!

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49. New Feature: Heart Art starring Guess How Much I Love You

This week I'm starting a new feature I'm calling HEART ART. These posts will be about books, new and perhaps a little older, that are illustrated with such skill and magic, they capture the reader and won't let go. Sometimes I'll get interviews with the illustrators, sometimes not, but I won't let that stop me from sharing some exceptionally illustrated books with you! So be looking for my new logo on books I think are extra special and full of true HEART ART!

I'll begin my HEART ART feature with...
Just in time for Easter, although it a lovely story at any time of the year, a special anniversary gift edition of Guess How Much I Love You is now available with a gold cover and a unique note from the award-winning creators inside. Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure! Now new and existing fans can relive this cherished classic with this lavish edition, celebrating two decades of delighting readers since its initial creation.
Go to www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com to learn more about the book and download free activity pages!

So what makes Guess How Much I Love You HEART ART? Look at the interactions between the characters, the sense of play, the wonderful gestures. Also notice the fine ink line and delicate watercolor. There's a reason this book has become a classic!

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50. Friday Linky List - 25 March 2016

From PW: Cuban Odyssey, Coauthors give a reading at the island's only English-language bookstore

From PW: The King of Coloring Books: Laurence King Publishing

From TechCrunch: Blockai uses the blockchain to help artists protect their intellectual property - Interesting, but is it free?

From 100 Scope Notes: One of world's oldest children's books found in North Staffordshire

From PW: Enchanted Lion: A Visit with the Brooklyn-Based Indie Publisher

From From the Mixed Up Files: Interview with Dr. Phil Nel, children's book scholar

From Next Avenue: 5 Reasons to Enjoy Being an Old, Invisible Woman - love it!

From The Huffington Post: Unhappily Ever After: How Women Became Seen But Not Heard In Our Favorite Fairy Tales

From the ALSC Blog (Association of Library Service to Children): Challenged Caldecotts & This One Summer

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