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326. Martin Azambuja

Martin Azambuja

I’m really enjoying the work of Martin Azambuja, a designer and illustrator working in Montevideo, Uruguay. Through fluid lines and rich textures he crafts vibrant landscapes pulsating with life and energy.  You can see more of his work on Behance as well as at Mundial, a small studio he recently formed with friend and fellow designer Francisco Cunha.




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327. Untitled drawing

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328. Lucasfilm Announces Surprise Animated Feature ‘Strange Magic’

Disney-owned Lucasfilm dropped a bombshell on the film world this morning: "Strange Magic," a new previously-unannounced animated feature based on a story by George Lucas, will be released into theaters by Disney's Touchstone Pictures label on January 23, 2015.

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329. Happy Veteran's Day

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330. Gone Pear Shaped

What to do when your best laid plans go pear shaped, when they blow up or take a hard left turn?  You own it, handle it, deal with it.  And then you move on.  Next!  Quite a few events have gone the way of the pear here lately.  But that's life, right?  Not everything can take the shape of a Slim Jim.

Today's illustration might have been inspired by all the things-gone-wrong lately.  Or it might have been inspired by my bing-watching madness of The West Wing and seven seasons of President Bartlet.  But in truth, it was inspired by the bowl of pears I saw in a furniture catalog.  Vapid, yes.  But I like pears.

Right now, I'm obsessed with the Podcast Serial, which tries to unravel the true murder of a high school student and the perhaps wrongful conviction of her ex-boyfriend.  Riveting, I tell you!

A big salute and heartfelt gratitude go out to our Veterans, today and always.  Thank you.

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331. Lilly the Kid's School for Bandits (working title)

So last February I went to the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators conference in New York City. Made the journey all by myself, leaving my toddler 871 miles away with daddy in Atlanta. The first night there I got food poisoning, forcing me to miss the entire morning session on Friday. Oh, did I mention I was 2 months pregnant as well? It was an experience for sure.

But none of that really matters. What matters is what I learned from the convention and what came out of it. I've wanted to attend for years and was not disappointed. Learned a lot, including how to approach my portfolio and branding for the next time I attend.

What's especially wonderful is how many art directors/editors are right at your fingertips. The conference allows for a lot of self promotion. During the open portfolio showcase, where you get to display your portfolio as well as leave out business cards and postcards, I had an editor ask me about one.

He especially liked the little girl and wanted to know if there was a story to go with her and if I would send it to him.

"Yup!" I replied. I did have a story, just didn't know what it was yet.

So after the excitement, nervousness, panic, and anxiety went away, I asked a few experienced illustrators and writers at the conference what I needed to do exactly. Elizabeth O Dulemba gave me some great advice. If an editor or art director asks you if you have a story, always say you have a story (check). Then take a couple months and write it. Editors expect it to take some time, and 2-3 months is not out of line. But make sure it is perfect! Illustrations to accompany are a bonus, but not necessary. He already liked my illustration style, he just wanted to know what it was all about.

So I followed their advice, kind of. Being pregnant and moving just a few months after the conference set me back a bit. Then a severe case of writers block set me back even more.

"You need to work on that story," my husband would often say.

"I know," was my only reply.

I have a lot of picture book ideas. I'm not saying every one is gold, but they are an idea, a place to start. But having an illustration and being told "come up with a story for this" put my mind in a fog I could not overcome. So I did the only thing I could do, took my time. Did research, had some creative procrastination and worked on the story little by little.

Till voila, I had an idea. Which developed into a story. Which has since become a world with characters and setting and concept. Here is a little peak.

Once the storyboard is finalized I will send it off to the publisher! Only 6 months late.

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332. Disney Will Release Both ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Moana’ in 2016

Disney has set release dates for its two 2016 releases: Zootopia and Moana.

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333. SkADaMo 2014 Day 11

Piguin 2

March of the Piguins!

What is SkADaMo? Check it out here.

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334. 8 Useful Watercolor Tutorials

8 Watercolor TutorialsOver the last few years I’ve created a few posts on using or working with watercolor.  They each focus on something different but can all help you with creating watercolor illustrations. I’ve also added some of my favorite go to watercolor videos.


 How to Paint Glow

Is a quick watercolor tutorial showing how you can make an object look like it’s glowing. There is also info on creating glow using other mediums.


  4 Tips for Painting Dragons With Watercolor

This video shows how you can use watercolors to create fun dragon effects. It goes through some watercolor basics and then shows how to use them to paint a dragon.


  Watercolor Sketching With My Pocket Set

This watercolor tutorial shows how I use my pocket watercolor set and waterbrush to sketch with watercolors on the go.


  Creating A Ghost-y Illustration

This post doesn’t show painting  but it goes into detail about my planning process for getting an illustration ready to paint.


  How to use Colored Pencils With Watercolor

This tutorial along with the next one show things you can do on top of your watercolor. This demo shows one way you can use colored pencils on top of a watercolor painting.


  Try New Things: An Illustration Experiment

This post shows how I used photoshop to create a similar effect to the colored pencil technique I showed above.


  Line Quality in your Drawings

B for bonus. This post doesn’t actually talk about watercolors much but it does talk about line quality and show an example of how you can use ink line with watercolor

These next two youtube videos are from a show called Put Some Colour In  your Life. I watch them over and over and learn new stuff about watercolor every time.


The first is a demo by Joseph Zbukvic



This second is a demo by Alvaro Castagnet

Do you have any favorite go to watercolor youtube videos? Comment below and let me know what they are. I’d love to see them.

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336. laying down an icy background...

©the enchanted easel 2014
on some arctic adorableness! :)

it's no secret how much i LOVE winter (yes, i know, i'm a freak...but hey, someone has to love that beautiful season...). so....

i thought i would do a quick set of penguins. cute penguins, of course. will be selling the ORIGINALS of these cuties once they are done.

ah, winter, my friend. can not wait for your return! :)

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337. Wow!!! Phyllis Harris Designs is in Vanity Fair Magazine!!!

Oh my goodness!!!!! I never dreamed that Phyllis Harris Designs would be featured in Vanity Fair Magazine but we are!!!! On page 118 in the December 2014 issue we are listed in Punch Hutton's Hot Gifts! Here is a peek. I cannot hardly contain myself! Wahoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Go pick up a copy and see for yourself!

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338. Illustrator Byron Eggenschwiler


Byron Eggenschwiler Website >>

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339. SkADaMo 2014 Day 11

Piguin 2

March of the Piguins!

What is SkADaMo? Check it out here.

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340. New Agent Looking For Clients at Writers House

alec-shane-literary-agent-220x300Alec Shane has been promoted to agent at Writers House, which is one of the largest literary agencies in the world. It prides itself on providing an extraordinary amount of individual client attention combined with the full service benefits of foreign and sub rights departments, as well as a full accounting and royalty staff.

Alex began his career at Writers House as an intern in September of 2008 and simply refused to leave, so he was given the wonderful job of Assistant to Jodi Reamer. And while he continues to work under Jodi’s careful tutelage, he is now also in the process of actively building his own list and currently represent a fairly eclectic mix of Children’s and Adult fiction and nonfiction. He is eagerly looking for both.

On the fiction side, he loves mysteries, thrillers, bad-ass protagonists with a chip on their shoulders, beautifully told historical fiction (The Vietnam War, the Maccabees, and The American Revolution fascinate him in particular),well-researched adventure stories, and great horror. He says, “I haven’t been scared to turn off the light in far too long and something needs to be done about it.”

In terms of children’s books, getting boys to read again is especially important to him, and thus he’s particularly on the lookout for a fun middle-grade adventure series, ghost story, or anything else geared toward younger male readers.

On the nonfiction side, he’s attracted to odd, quirky histories, biographies of people he didn’t even know existed (but definitely should have), “guy” reads, humor, narrative nonfiction that sheds light on under-the-radar events and lifestyles, and all things sports. He is also currently up in the air as to whether or not he believes in ghosts, hauntings, and the supernatural, so if you have something that can convince me one way or the other, I’d love to see it.

Alex majored in English at Brown University, a degree he put to immediate use by moving to Los Angeles after graduation to become a professional stunt man. Realizing that he prefers books to breakaway glass, he moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in publishing. Alec quickly found a home at Writers House Literary Agency, where he worked under Jodi Reamer and Amy Berkower on a large number of YA and Adult titles.

Twitter handle: @alecdshane.

He is looking for: Alec is now aggressively building his own list. “What I’m looking for in fiction: mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and books geared toward young male readers (both YA and MG).

What he’s not looking for: Romance (paranormal or otherwise), straight sci-fi, high fantasy, picture books, self-help, women’s fiction, food, travel memoir.”


SHARK WARS, EJ Altbacker
MONKEY TOWN, Ronald Kidd
SHARK WARS 6: THE LAST EMPREX, EJ Altbacker (Razorbill)
SEEING AMERICA, Nancy Crocker (Medallion Press)

Submission guidelines: He accepts e-mail and snail-mail queries (although email is preferable), and will usually respond within 4-5 weeks. Please send the first 10 pages of your manuscript, along with your query letter, to ashane [at] writershouse.com with “Query for Alec Shane: TITLE” as your subject heading – no attachments please! If sending via regular mail, please include a SASE with proper postage.

Writers House
21 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
phone 212-685-2400

Talk tomorrow,



Filed under: Agent, authors and illustrators, Editor & Agent Info, Middle Grade Novels, opportunity, Places to sumit, Publishers and Agencies, Young Adult Novel Tagged: Agent Looking for Clients, Alex Shane, Fiction and Non-fiction

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341. Vaguely Neighbors

Vaguely Neighbors is a collaboration I have the great good fortune to be working on with the wonderful illustrator Kevan Atteberry. He provides the monsters and I provide the robots. Every new piece Kevan delivers raises the bar and makes me work even harder. I don't know where this will lead us, but I'm truly enjoying the ride. You're invited to come along and follow us on Tumblr.

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342. Pixar’s Tony DeRose Explains What Makes CG Characters Look So Smooth

What makes computer animation characters look so smooth? Hint: It's not the artists.

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343. Purple people eater.

I think the problem with doing a barely visible loose drawing to start with is that its only once its coloured can you see just how wrong some bits were. Loose but not wrong- that's the goal.

Also when it comes to shading you realise how using reference would be a good idea- gets a bit cagey without.
Well you could try to  reference on the internet for your silly tentacle homage......... but why spoil it?

Thankfully I'm using these little watercolour blocks- no stretching of paper- so for me that equates to less stress about screwing it up (because it didn't take 2 hrs to wet,tape, stretch and dry the paper only to screw it up-  )

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344. Comic: Pseudo-Productivity Tip for Writers, especially those doing #NaNoWriMo

If you're doing NaNoWriMo, I encourage you to check out my friend Errol Elumir's daily NaNoToons!

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345. Still Evolving

For those who don't know, I started drawing Seacats when I was nine. They are over 20 years old, and I'm um ... barely any older.

I drew Seacats on everything. I drew them in grade school. I drew them in middle school, I drew them in high school. I drew them in class, I drew them in journals, I drew them in year books, I drew them on my hands. And other kids were still so impressed they asked if I drew or traced them.

Yeah, I used a pencil to trace this onto my hand. Okay....

I lied, I don't usually draw with a pencil. Ink, baby, ink.

Luckily, as an adult I'm never asked that silly question. Like I can imagine some art director for XYZ Publishers calling me up — "Hi, is this Chrissy? I'm looking for an artist and I saw your portfolio online. Did you really draw that, or did you trace it?"

Yeah, that would never happen. At least, it hasn't, after nearly a decade in business.

Anyway. I drew them. I painted them. I etched them. I watercolored them. My dad still has a room full of my old Seacat stuff.

They look really different now. More professional for sure. But they're still the same, really.

I'm working on some new Seacat projects. I thought I'd share some line art here. I'm trying to get Izzy Bell to complement Timmy just a bit more. Very minor changes, but they're still there. They're pretty close, but still evolving. You can see their evolution here and follow them on Facebook here.

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346. SA beta art tools

Experiments with SA V5 beta software.
The images below were made with (much tweaked) Presets that make either swatches of color that bleeds out (appears to) or a line drawing preset that fires off stray material in its wake.

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347. 5 mins quickies

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348. Artist of the Day: Timothy Lamb

Today we look at the work of Timothy Lamb, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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349. November- Stories Are Forever, Kids, Books and Dogs



Stories Are Forever


"You know, we’ve got to quit worrying about the idea of books as a repository of stories. Stories are what are important. They could be oral. They could come on CDs. They could be television programs. It’s fascinating that when the iPad first came out, the initial marketing campaign had it linked with Winnie the Pooh. It shipped with a free copy of Winnie the Pooh. It was a marketing concept—we’ll get the “soft and fuzzy” to go with the silver, steel thing. The Android tablet—the Nexus—used Madeline and Curious George in advertisements last summer. But what they didn’t anticipate was that the most resistance to the idea to put children’s books and tablets together would come from reactionary parents. Even the most high-tech parents want their offspring to experience stories in the old-fashioned way. My point is that we shouldn’t get upset about stories and what they’re embedded in. Stories are what are important.

Stories have been embedded in a variety of devices. In the 19th century there was 
BurtonAlice3something called toy theaters: these cardboard things you would cut out and glue, with characters and scripts. When I was growing up, there was the “View Finder,” a device to put this disc in and you would click it and see fairy tales and so forth in 3D, and we have pop-up books. We’ve got to get over the idea that stories can only be embedded in books and there’s some sort of natural link between them. Stories can be embedded in a lot of different things…"

Jerry Griswold...Author, Former Director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature and Emeritus Professor of Literature, San Diego State University; the above remarks are an excerpt from an interview in  childlitunjournal

The  Tea Party illustration is by John Tenniel. The photo is from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.  

GrimmstheRobberBridegroomJohnBGruelleFast and Loose with Fairytales...

"Translators of fairy-tale collections have always played fast and loose with the rules of their craft. The 'television and pornography' of an earlier age (as John Updike tells us), fairy tales migrated into the nursery during the nineteenth century, and no one objected when they were edited, adapted, bowdlerized, and cleaned up to suit the younger crowd. The Brothers Grimm did some of that tidying up on their own in six successive editions of the tales..." Maria Tatar in her New Yorker review of Phillip Pullman's Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

The illustration of the Grimm's Robber Bridegroom is by John Gruelle


Stories Are Forever

Over the centuries, the classic story of Hansel and Gretel has been reinterpreted in HanselGretelGaimenLorenzoMattotibooks, films, TV, ballet, opera, and now, a new version by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti has been published.

Here is an excerpt from Maria Russo's review in the New York Times"Written with a devastating spareness by Neil Gaiman and fearsomely illustrated in shades of black by Lorenzo Mattotti, the newest version of “Hansel and Gretel” astonishes from start to finish...Their rendition brings a freshness and even a feeling of majesty to the little tale. Some great, roiling essence of the human condition — our fate of shuttling between the darkness and the light — seems to inhabit its pages..." 



Stories Are for Children Everywhere

The Gift of Reading from Litworld 

"We serve only the most underserved in the poorest communities around the world, LitWorldReadingAloudfrom the United States to Kenya, from the Philippines to Haiti. We grow steadily, thoughtfully and mindfully, partnering with community based organizations that share our core values and also believe in a child’s humanity and in the power of “Be the Story” to change the world. These sites represent many different parts of the world, different languages, cultures and mindsets. We seek to prove that a creative, holistic approach to supporting a child through her academic and emotional journey to independence is possible anywhere and everywhere.

LitWorld believes that literacy is not a gift given just to some lucky ones, it is a fundamental human right that brings joy, economic independence, gender equity and a pathway out of poverty.

This holiday season LitWorld's goal is to raise $450,000. Reaching this goal will allow LitWorld to bring Kenyatheir programs to the places in the world that need them the most, and to deepen the work in existing locations. From the Za’atari Syrian refugee camp to the Detroit public schools, from Haiti to Nairobi, from Manila to Harlem to Pakistan, LitWorld can reach at least 20,000 young people in 2015 with joyful literacy programs that work across languages and cultures because they are universal and built from hopes and dreams that belong to everyone."

LitWorld now reaches underserved children in 14 Countries...Click this link for an interactive MAP



A Little Girl, A Therapy Dog and a Wondrous Event 

PetPartnersJordanGirlJennaDogPet Partners, (formerly Delta Society), is a "non-profit organization that helps people live healthier and happier lives by incorporating therapy, service and companion animals into their lives."

Pet Partners' therapy animal program trains volunteers and evaluates them with their pets so they can visit patients/clients in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice and physical therapy centers, schools, libraries and many other facilities. Over 11,000 handler/animal teams have been certified."

Pet Partners
has very good video showing many people --  from kids with cancer to veterans and blind people -- benefiting from interaction with dogs and other animals. About halfway through, there is a more comprehensive and rather amazing true healing story of a critically ill little girl, Jordan, and an amazing therapy dog, Jenna. Here is the video link to Jordan's story.


The Story of the Hunger Game Continues with Mockingjay 1


 Once again, teenagers are fighting with heartless, fascist-like rulers.

Hunger Games Worldwide revenue thus far is over 1.5 billion.

The film opens in theaters in most of Europe on November 19 & 20 and in the USA on November 21...
Here is a link for an advanced look:  Mockingjay1 trailer


Divergent18Next Month: The Dystopian Story...A theme for success in the YA film market...

An update on the booming YA movie market...insights, review highlights, box office results and links to trailers...including Mockingjay1; the Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies; the Maze Runner; Divergent; Into the Woods; and a special report on The Giver...as well as children's films, including Boxtrolls, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Paddington, Annie, and Hero of Color City. 

Big-Hero-6--3Big Hero 6 (Disney), opened November 7 to very good reviews ... "Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated"... and ticket sales. It looks like another popular kid's movie has arrived. Here is a link to the trailer: Big Hero 6. Disney also produced Maleficent this year.


 DreamWorks Animation will bring Santa Claus to Malls

DreamworksLogoThe following excerpt is from an article by Brooks Barnes in the New York Times 

GLENDALE, Calif. —" For months, DreamWorks Animation has been working on a prototype for a product it hopes will change how the world’s children meet Santa each Christmas. Code name: DreamHouse.

At shopping malls that buy in...Santa Claus will sit inside a 2,000-square-foot “cottage” with walls that are essentially giant video screens. Children will go on a virtual sleigh ride with Shrek before meeting Santa. No more waiting in line; appointments will be made by app..." 



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Snow Valley Heroes, A Christmas Tale


This is the true story of how the dogs saved Christmas, told for the first time in many years. It begins like this...

"It was a few weeks after Christmas when all the troubles began. It had been a lovely day in

Pauli&Sledge-397KB Lucy&Castle-397KBSanta Claus Village with the winter sun sparkling on the snow. Most of the elves, after enjoying a fine dinner cooked by Mrs. Claus, had gone to the workshop to continue cleaning up and to begin making plans for next year.

Santa, sitting in his favorite chair, had dozed off to dreamland when he was suddenly awakened by Tulip, the elf lady. “Santa! Santa! Wake up! Two of the reindeer are gone!”

This was how the troubles began. And they continued to grow -- missing reindeer, stolen sleds, winter storms – until it seemed there could be no more Christmas. It was then that Daisy, Bean, and the dogs who would become known as the Snow Valley Heroes arrived in Santa Claus Village…"

 To read more and to read reviews, click here: Snow Valley Heroes

The illustrations are by Stella Mustanoja-McCarty for Snow Valley Heroes, A Christmas Tale



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Snow  Valley Heroes, A Christmas Tale, Volume 3 in the Planet Of The Dogs Series, is published by Barking Planet Productions. We also publish C.A. Wulff's books for dog lovers and dog advocates.

Our books are available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell's, Independent Bookstores and on your favorite Internet book store.

If you are a librarian or teacher using therapy dog reading programs, we will send you complimentary copies of the Planet Of The  Dogs Series. Therapy reading dog owners and organizations may also obtain complimentary books. Simply email us at planetofthedogs@gmail.com.


SitStayReadlogoSit Stay Read

Tails Magazine posted a comprehensive article on Sit Stay Read , the excellent, Chicago-based, therapy reading dog program with nearly 300 active volunteers. Here is an excerpt: 

SitStayRead"Dogs certainly can’t read, but they can help students develop critical early literacy skills. With insufficient funding, overworked teachers, and crowded classrooms, many low-income Chicago students are not getting the help they need to set them up for success. That’s where everyone’s best friend—dogs—can step in. Enter Sit Stay Read, a Chicago non-profit that brings dogs into the classroom to increase students’ confidence and skills and generate excitement about reading. The organization was founded ten years ago by Mary Ellen Schneider and Sarah Murphy, two dog lovers who wanted to make a difference in the lives of Chicago’s at-risk students..." 


Stories are Forever
2011-07-17 Kite Rose_001 “Our plan is to begin with the children. They are more open to trust, love, and learning new ways than adults. We will go to Planet Earth and work with the children…”   -       Miss Merrie, Queen of the Dogs in Planet Of The Dogs

The photo is of Rose, Susan Purser's therapy dog, reading to a friend


The Book of Life...an animated film

BookOfLife2Colorful Fun, Short on Story

Critics Consensus (from Rotten Tomatoes): "The Book of Life's gorgeous animation is a treat, but it's a pity that its story lacks the same level of craft and detail that its thrilling visuals provide..."

Manohla Dargis, in the NewYork Times, agrees with the Concensus:                 "The director Jorge R. Gutierrez, who shares script credit with Doug Langdale, has a far stronger visual sensibility than story sense. “The Book of Life” instantly pulls you in with its eye-poking palette and amusingly exaggerated character designs that with a few touches, telegraph entire personalities..." 


See for yourself- here is the trailer: Book Of Life


 A Classic Story for All Ages

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The little prince compressed-thumbFrom Slate...Included in a list of "12 Classic books that will change your life" is this wonderful description...

"The Little Prince is a novella written by a French aristocrat, poet, writer and an aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It tells about curiosity, beauty, love, and loss, seen from innocent eyes of a little Prince who lives on a little planet and is in love with a rose. Little Prince is the most read and most translated book in the French language. It was ranked as the best book of the 20th century in France. The book is translated into more than 250 languages and dialects and Braille. Over a million copies are sold per year worldwide. It is one of the favorite books for children and adults. “Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.' ”



The dogs in the photo, Scooter and Bear, live in the northwest and belong to dog lover Kaitlin Jenkins. Both dogs are adopted. We knew Kaitlin, originally, through her personal blog, She Speaks Bark.

We subsequently found that Kaitlin is an evaluator and chief blogger (one of five) for PetParent where pet products are dog tested and evaluated against common sense criteria. It was there that we discovered an excellent -- free -- offering for pet owners, especially dogs...

petparent City Guides for Traveling with Pets


The photo is of Pittsburgh, one of 40 American cities covered in the PetParent City Guides for traveling dog owners. Traveling with pets can be difficult. PetParents City Guides provide pet owners with important practical information ranging from dog friendly hotels and dog parks to emergency pet care and dog friendly restaurants. And it's easy to navigate.

The  40 cities range from East to West, including San Francisco, San Antonio, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia. In the words of the PetParent bloggers...

"Whether you’re looking to eat, play, live, or stay, PetParent City Guides has done the research for you!"


 Who Is Yelodoggie ?What is Yelodoggie?


Yellodoggie Art  by author and artist C.A. Wulff illustrates the Yelodoggieporpoise_sm inner spirit of dogs.












All dogs in their heart are yellow. Because yellow is the color of light, joy, and happiness and these attributes are the true essence of dogs.

Yelodoggie_circle_charmYelodoggie can be found on greeting cards, coin purses, mousepads, kids shirts,iphone cases, coffee mugs and more at Cafe Press





A Museum of Stories and more


If You Live in New England, and you care about children's books, here is a link to the Eric Carle Museum. in Amherst, MA. They have changing exhibits, active programs for kids, and kids theater events. Although I've never been there, I would very much like to visit, for any 

EricClarkeHuckScarry9museum that has a visit from Huck Scarry, the artist now bringing Busytown to the world, must be very special. In the words of the Museum: Huck was visiting the United States from his home in Austria and was at The Museum to demonstrate how to draw all his favorite Busytown  characters, including Lowly Worm and Huckle Cat on the big back wall in The Art Studio..."  A visit from Busytown. Wow!    



Among the many helpful articles on Way Cool Dogs was this one...
Behavior from a Well-trained Puppy

Daisy&winterdog-397KBIt is always an exciting moment when you bring a new puppy into your home for the very first time. Everyone is soooooo excited! However, this excitement can sometimes wear off quickly when you start to realize how much training you have to do in order to have a well-trained puppy to show off.

Remember: “If you want your puppy to grow into a well-behaved adult dog, then you need to start with a well-trained puppy first.”

Here are a couple of training tips you can use for new puppy behavior, avoiding any later incidents that may cost the puppy its happy home ...Here is the link to read it all: Way Cool Dogs

The illustration is by Stella Mustanoja McCarty from Snow Valley Heroes, A Christmas Tale


 "Got me a blog. Got me a library job. And now I’ve got me a TV show. Sorta kinda."

BetsyBirdBookWild ThingsbookThese are the words of Betsy Bird, librarian and Youth Materials Specialist at the New York Public Library (NYPL) and a vital person in the world of Children's Lit. She is the co-author of Wild Things: Acts Of Mischief in Children's Literature 
and the founder, organizer and hostess of NYPL's popular (and free) Childrens Literary Salon. Her always lively Fuse#8 blog appears on School Library Journal (SLJ). Here is more from Betsy..

"The nice folks here at SLJ took a gander at that little Newbery/Caldecott pre-game/post-game show I created with Lori Ess last January ...and decided to give me a little airtime. Announcing the debut of Fuse #8 TV! Here’s the official description:

BetsyBird'Fuse #8 TV is a monthly webcast hosted by A Fuse #8 Production’s Elizabeth Bird featuring interviews with notable authors of literature for children and young adults. Recorded live online, it is made possible by Scholastic, Penguin Random House, Little Brown, Macmillan, HarperCollins, and School Library Journal.'

...Now for our first episode I wanted to start things off with a bang.  So Travis Jonker was kind enough to help me relive the glory of our previous wordless conversation.  After that, I decided to do something timely.  I engaged Coe Booth (KINDA LIKE BROTHERS) and Kekla Magoon (HOW IT WENT DOWN) in a discussion ranging from women writing as boys, the “next” Walter Dean Myers, African-American women writers, and more.  To see the results, click the link: Fuse#8 TV

The next Children's Literary Salon at the NYPL will be held Dec 3, 2014. The roundtable discussion topic will be: Funny Ha Ha: Humorous Books for Kids. Click here for more info: HaHa



There is a largely unsung  group of dedicated animal lovers who are saving dogs as you are reading these words...Volunteer Animal Rescue Drivers... Sunbear has all the information on what is happening in volunteering, what it takes to qualify and more...here is an excerpt with a link... 

 "Each weekend in America, an army of volunteer rescue transport drivers deliver dogs and cats to safety in an organized relay of vehicles. Hard-working volunteer transport coordinators plan the logistics, organize the four-legged passengers, and provide support by phone continuously during the entire one- or two-day operation. Drivers sign up for relay "legs" via e-mail. They meet the previous leg drivers at an appointed time, transfer the lucky dogs and cats to their vehicles, and drive to the next relay meeting spot where the process is repeated until the destination is reached..."

To read the entire article follow this link: Rescue 


 "Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies."-Gene Hill



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