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73726. Author Interview: Becky Bravo


I've got another special author interview for you today! Meet Becky Bravo, one of the nine winners of the first Philippine National Children's Book Awards. Here is the official Philippine National Children's Book Award citation for Becky's book, Just Add Dirt (illustrated by Jason Moss and published by Adarna House in 2009):

One morning, Miguel wakes up to find little mung bean seedlings growing out of his ears. "That's what you get for not taking a bath," his mother says quite nonchalantly. Miguel promises to take a bath, but he keeps putting it off so that he can play with his friends. Meanwhile, more and more plants start growing all over his body - a veritable vegetable garden! Miguel starts to panic, but his mother remains cool and calm.

Becky Bravo has written very interesting characters and a funny, immensely entertaining story. Jason Moss' colorful, vivid, and detailed illustrations add even more humor to the book. Just Add Dirt will have children giggling behind their hands, then bursting into loud and hearty laughter. And they just might think twice about not taking a bath....


I'd like to add that Just Add Dirt is also an immensely satisfying read. =D Here's a spread from the book. Click to enlarge the image! (Image provided by Adarna House. All rights reserved.)


Now let us welcome children's book author Becky Bravo!


Hi, Becky. =D

What does winning a National Children's Book Award mean to you?


It's a great honor to be chosen as one of the winners of the first NCBA. There's never before been an award like this created especially for our genre, so I guess I've just made local literary history along with Russell, Gidget, May, Jason, Jomike, Bru and all the other writers and illustrators who were given citations this year. Our community is so small and our influence in the greater Filipino literary scene so minimal that our work has been overlooked time and again by the National Book Awards, so it's rather nice to have our own special awards night to look forward to every year from now on.

I read that your older brother Miguel inspired Just Add Dirt. Can you tell us a little bit more about that stor

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73727. Sketchbook Project #13: Don't Tell Me...


Don't tell me what to do... unless you want to see me do the opposite.

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73728. From Impotence to Singing Cats!


I'm still on the go: it's the Cheltenham Festival today so, while I'm away, here is the last of the short films I have to show you. It's sort of a prequel to the others, as it's me talking about how I came to be a children's book illustrator.

I talk about the textile designing and editorial work I did before I discovered children's books and how I got my first picture book commission. It lasts nearly 8 minutes:



If you missed the previous films here are links:

How to illustrate a book part 1
Keeping a sketchbook

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73729. Moleskine Things

Some sketches done on the streetcar in marker. I was reading ghost stories.

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73730. The Best Place On Earth...

...is my new studio.

Still needs some paint.

Shelves shelves sheeeelves!

Used up some green paint there. Check it out: designated space to hang a hairdryer!

There will be exhibitions here!

Sometimes dreams come true!
Ha ha haaaaaaaaaa!

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73731. Seaglass Summer: Poppy speaks

Seaglass Summer by Anajali BanerjeeYou may have seen our review of Seaglass Summer, by Anjali Banerjee among the reviews recently added to PaperTigers as part of our focus on children’s literature from India and the Indian diaspora. If not, here it is.

After reading it, make sure to check out Uma Krishnaswami’s metafictional interview with Poppy, the book’s eleven-year-old protagonist. The fact that Uma read drafts of the novel before it was published gave her a privileged perspective on the character’s evolution from idea to full development. Uma’s interview questions prompt Poppy to reveal how she and her story changed in the process of being written.

What a fun way to get some insight into an author’s creative process! That’s what I call giving voice to a character!…

Does anyone know of other interviews with book characters (keeping in mind our focus on multicultural children’s and ya books)? I know Uma also did one with Amadi, the Nigerian boy from Katia Novet Saint- Lot’s picture book, Amadi’s Snowman… If you’re aware of any others, do let us know!

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73732. Small Dog gets his "Bones"

Once the metal armature was completed, I experimented with Epoxy Sculpt and Epoxy Clay, both come from Aves Studio, LLC. I ended up liking Epoxy Clay better than the Epoxy Sculpt because it really feels like polymer clay (good ole Sculpey), BUT you do not have to bake it!!!! The Epoxy Clay has a work up time of about 2 hours, which is plenty long enough for making "bones." What I really wanted to do with the Epoxy Clay was to bulk up some areas like the hips and skull; and also to protect the ball-bearing joints from the wool fibers to come. Small Dog looks a little freaky at the moment, but once the needle-felting is applied I think that he starts to take on a personality.

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73733. MIRROR by Jeannie Baker



In her new book, "Mirror", Jeannie celebrates the differences that makes up the diversity of world cultures and the elements that unite us, the bonds of family and the mundanities of every day life.

Even the presentation, as two books united within one cover, highlights 'same and different', but highlights it in a way that draws us closer to both families, the traditional Moroccan family and the modern Australian family.

Turning pages of each book simultaneously, reveals parallel aspects of the daily lives of these very different families. We see them with the intimacy and immediacy of a fly on the wall. They are at work, at meals, settling for the night, shopping and sharing. The colours are luminous and the details absorptive. Words are superfluous!

I have always been a fan of Jeannie Baker's beautiful, evocative, detailed collages. This latest book is a treasure!

"Mirror" by Jeannie Baker, Walker Books, ISBN 978-1-4063-0914-0.












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73734. Books for Art Junkies

Thanks to the National Art Gallery of Singapore for picking Imaginative Realism as one of the "Top Five Books for Any Art Junkie."

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73735. Review – “Mirror” by Jeannie Baker

 

"Mirror" by Jeannie Baker

 

In her new book, “Mirror”, Jeannie celebrates the  differences that makes up the diversity of world cultures and the elements that unite us, the bonds of family and the mundanities of every day life.

Even the presentation, as two books united within one cover, highlights  ’same and different’, but highlights it in a way that draws us closer to both families, the traditional Moroccan family and the modern Australian family.

Turning pages of each book simultaneously, reveals parallel aspects of the daily lives of these very different families.  We see them with the intimacy and immediacy of a fly on the wall. They are at work,  at meals, settling for the night, shopping and sharing. The colours are luminous and the details absorptive. Words are superfluous!

I have always been a fan of Jeannie Baker’s beautiful, evocative, detailed collages. This latest book is a treasure!

“Mirror” by Jeannie Baker, Walker Books, ISBN 978-1-4063-0914-0.


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73736.


This is a cover I did for an Israeli children magazine.
The theme: the Jewish holiday of Sukot.
On that holiday each family build some sort of booth outside their house, decorate it and sit, eat and drink there for 7 days.
You are more than welcome to visit me in my Flickr :)

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73737. The Sunday Funnies (10/10/10)



Brewster Rockit (10/7) by Tim Rickard; Brevity (10/5) by Guy and Rod; and Off The Mark (10/7) by Mark Parisi.

(Thanks to Jim Lahue and John Hall)

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73738. And now for the felted wool...

I took a deep, deep breath and started felting on top of the armature. Why the deep, deep breath? Because I want this to work so much. I love the story and I want Small Dog to stay with me for a good long time. Since writing the story, I have come up with an entire series of Small Dog episodes. I also hope that once I learn Flash Catalyst that I can animate Small Dog (and of course his best friend Chimp).

Anyway, back to the felting. It is amazing how fast the felting process is (theraputic too). This part of the felting is the underlying "skin". Just like Triscuit, I plan on adding fiber as fur once the basic shapes and forms are set.  Don't be too alarmed that Small Dog has no ears, eyes or nose yet. He will.

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73739. “GRIEFABET” by Karen O. Johnson, MEd.

 

GRIEFABET by Karen O. Johnson MEd.

 

“Griefabet” by noted American therapist/counsellor/presenter, Karen O. Johnson is unusual.

The book,of course, is primarily aimed at counseling and therapy settings and there is a workbook that can be purchased to accompany “Griefabet”.  But this little book is a great deal more.

A book of warm, witty, affirmations for those who are coping with grief and loss, it has a few happily playful ‘venting’ exercises thrown in for good measure.  It is also a free verse poem that celebrates life and the resilience of the human spirit. Finally, it is a work of art – illustrations use the letters of the alphabet in designs that mirror the  verse of affirmation opposite. It is a design achievement!

 

GRIEFABET - peek inside

 

“GRIEFABET” by Karen O. Johnson, www.griefabet.com, ISBN 978-0-615-39746-7.

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73740. Knuffled out!

I'm back from an exhilarating and exhausting tour. The crowds have all be great both is size and demeanor. It's such a kick to meet kids (and their favorite stuffed friends) so enthusiastic about books.The biggest news during the tour is that, thanks to your support, Knuffle Bunny Free reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list! This is a milestone that can only have happened with the

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73741. Do you have a favorite Lips Touch story?

I'm curious :-) Do you have a favorite Lips Touch story? There's a little discussion going over at Readergirlz, if you would like to input your input.

I *might* say in comments which one *might* be my favorite.

I also *might* hint that I want to write more Druj stories. I was kind of stoked to have a google alert pop up a few hours after this hint that alerted me that, ahem, there are people in the world (or at least a person) excited by that prospect! Which is totally exciting to ME. Thank you Fantasy Cafe! To be clear, there is not an immediate Druj sighting on the horizon -- the horizon is all about Daughter of Smoke and Bone and sequel right now, but Druj are out there, all creepy with their pale eyes, waiting. My head has plans.

Please come over to Readergirlz and weigh in! Thank you!

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73742. Arrested by the Art Police

I'm keeping one step ahead of the art police.
Arrested for bad perspective, poor value organization, tangencies and hard edges.

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73743. Review – “It’s a Book!” by Lane Smith

"It's a Book!" by Lane Smith

“Its a Book!” – whilst I am definitely in favour of innovation and new technology, there is nothing like a book! This little gem beautifully and humorously puts books and new tech in perspective! Highly recommended! :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhUNyzYzBX0

Monkey is absorbed, reading a book. Jackass is busy, playing on his laptop. Jackass gets curious. What is it about this very static, boring looking assemblage of cardboard and paper that has Monkey’s attention so completely? Jackass does what all curious kids do, asks and asks and asks and asks. But, instead of deterring Jackass, Monkey’s repetitive response  only spurs him on till, in desperation, Monkey lets Jackass look see for himself.

What is the result? Computer geek Jackass gets hooked on a book and Monkey heads off to the library!

By highlighting what a book is not, Lane Smith cleverly shows exactly the joy, fascination and involvement to be had by turning the pages of a good book. The illustrations humorously depict the characters of Monkey, Jackass and Mouse and further definition is given by the clever use of a different font for each character.

Not a word is wasted in this celebration of what a book is and why we love them!

“It’s a Book!” by Lane Smith, is a Walker Book, ISBN 978-1-921720-14-7.


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73744. 12 Days Giveaways - more winners!

It's been a great launch week for THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA! Thanks to everybody who helped spread the love by posting our banner on your blog. They were:
Flip-Flop Creations by Jennifer Tidwell
Fabulous Illustrator by Mary Reaves Uhles
My Heart Belongs 2 Books by Abi Buening
Susan R. Spain (the author!)
May Bennett's On Top of the Children's Lit World
Scrappily Ever After by Melanie Holzwarth
Just Coffee Please... by Jennifer Scull
Martha Bennett Stiles
Finders & Keepers by Cathy C. Hall
Laurie J. Edwards ~ Author, Artist, Dreamer
Dori Reads by Doraine Bennett
Do Thing Different by Kristin Tubb
Write From the South & Visualeyes by Gail Handler
(Please let me know if I missed you!)

It's never too late if you'd like to help spread the word too! Just go to the 12 Days Activity Page to get the code to add this to your blog or website:


Meanwhile, I drew five names from the comments all week and five people win a free copy of THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA! (Drum roll please...) They are...
Apple Blossom, GrammaR, Deebi27, Melanie Hozworth, and Jami {sgtStamper}! Wahooooo!!!! Y'all be sure to email me at elizabeth at dulemba dot com to share your address and to whom I should dedicate your books! Thanks for the love guys!!!

We started this week hearing "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles - so let's close with him singing one more time... a little farther along in his career at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1997.

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73745. love cats


one of the paintings i must be parted from. a bit sad.. :p

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73746. day 284: 10.10.10: world hoop day!

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73747. Funz For Kids Magazine

I talked with Laurie Wallmark today and she received an e-mail today from Fun For Kidz, saying they would like to publish her article titled The Sound of Freedom. That story was written from a first page prompt at the NJSCBWI Writer’s Retreat last year. She is proof that I wasn’t lying when I said earlier in the week, that a lot of these prompts have gone on to publication.

Soon I will be announcing a new feature on this blog. Betsy Devany will be contributing a prompt once a week. We hope that writers who read this blog will challenge themselves to write at least a first page using the prompt. It doesn’t matter whether you think it is good. If not, throw it away. It will help you in the writing process and maybe, just maybe you will develop it into a book or maybe just like it the way it is and submit it to a magazine. That’s what Laurie did.   

Here is one of their kids magazine looking for articles.

Magazine for Boys Seeks Fiction, Nonfiction

Boys’ Quest is published six times a year, for boys ages 6-13 (with readers ages 8-10 being the target age). Looking for material that fits the issue’s theme and deals with timeless topics such as pets, nature,hobbies, science, sports, games and careers.

Fiction (about 500 words) should feature lively writing from a 10-year-old boy’s viewpoint, with the boy or boys directly involved in an activity that is both wholesome and unusual.

Nonfiction (200-500 words) that is accompanied by clear photos with high resolution is more likely to be accepted. Also looking for puzzles, poems, cooking, carpentry projects, jokes, and riddles.

Pays a minimum of five cents a word for both fiction and nonfiction, with additional payment given if the piece is accompanied by appropriate photos or art. Pays a minimum of $10 per poem or puzzle, with variable rates offered for games, carpentry projects, etc. Buys first American and serial rights; pays upon publication.Authors can view sample articles at www.funforkidzmagazines.com/samples

A list of current open themes can be found at www.funforkidzmagazines.com/writers
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73748. Small Dog's Progress

Many people have asked me how Small Dog is coming along. I was a bit nervous trying out my new stop-motion armature and the Epoxy-Clay. Now I can gladly report that I think the little guy is going to work out nicely. I ordered a "Dog" set from the Armaverse people. Yes, it was expensive, but well worth every penny. Each joint moves and stays in position perfectly. Take a look at the "skeleton" of Small Dog.

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73749. October 10th - Ash! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

31 Days of Halloween continues! Here is the card for Sunday, October 10th - Bruce Campbell as the infamous Ash from Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness (1981, 1987, 1992). This card is currently up for grabs - $20.00 plus $5.00 for shipping, flat rate. If interested, please email me at slatermark33@hotmail.com, subject heading "Creature from the Black Lagoon Sketch-Card." More on 31 Days of Halloween.

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73750. Pumpkin Pictures and Emma chooses winner


A local church in the center of town has an annual Pumpkin Patch sale for the kiddies.
Yesterday was a clear, beautiful Fall day and the pumpkins beckoned me.
Here are a few shots I took.




And now, drumroll please as Emma chooses the winner of my notecard giveaway...

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