is the illustrator of DOTTY (FALL 2010)
by Erica S. Perl
. She doesn't have an imaginary friend of her own, but she does have a loyal feline friend, Serif, who is black with just one white dot on his chest. He doesn't like to wear a leash, but he follows her where ever she goes. Julia grew up in a the small Connecticut town of Cheshire
. Oddly I too am from this same town.
Julia's little house in Cheshire, Connecticut
(age 9 depiction).
Adam McCauley enjoys illustrating, playing music, and making things. His illustrations have appeared in magazines, publications and campaigns world wide. Adam's work has been included in group shows in Osaka, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo and Nashville. He works out of his studio in the sunny Mission district in San Francisco.
Adam's clients have included Time, MTV, Apple Computer, National Geographic, Levi's, Viking, Harper Collins, Microsoft, and many others.
Adam's awards have included American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Print Regional Design Annual, 3 x 3, and How Magazine.
Adam received the Society of Illustrator's Gold Medal for his illustrated monster stamp endpapers for the book "The Monsterologist:A Memoir In Rhyme" by Bobbi Katz.
CW: My goal so far with the various interviews of illustrators is to help of illustrators find there way. The following questions will be add to this underlying idea. Let's get started!
AM: Do the best work you can do, make it as interesting to look at and experience as it is interesting for you to do. Good work makes for good work received.
CW: How would you recommend to other illustrators to get there work published?
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by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Nikki McClure; Abrams Books for Young Readers
(March 2009); ISBN 9780810983212; 32 pages
Book Source: Review copy from publisher"Every bird and every tree
and every living thing
loves the promise in a day,
loves what it can bring."
Carpe diem (seize the day) is a phrase that most of us are familiar with but might not always take to heart. Each day is a gift, full of hope and promise. Cynthia Rylant reminds readers to live each day to the fullest in her book, All in a Day
. She doesn't often mention particulars in her wonderful, poetic verses, but rather describes a day using broad phrases that apply to all lives and appeal to all ages."The past is sailing off to sea, the future's fast asleep. A day is all you have to be, it's all you get to keep."
Nikki McClure's idyllic cut paper illustrations provide the reader with imagery needed to visualize a perfect day in the life of a child. From sunrise to sunset, a little boy's life is full of simple moments outside as he takes joy in both work and play, observes nature and spends time with family. He feeds the chickens, blows dandelion seeds, cuddles in a hammock, and takes a walk through the woods. Each and every image is nature-based and full of astonishing detail. McClure is a master of cut paper art and each illustration is cut by hand from a piece of black paper.
I'm so thrilled to finally be able to share this news!
"Tamar Brazis at Abrams has bought author-illustrator Jennifer Thermes's Charles Around the World in a preempt. The picture book biography tells of Charles Darwin's adventures on the HMS Beagle, featuring maps illustrating the route of his travels and his discoveries in each location. It is scheduled for fall 2016. Marietta B. Zacker of Nancy Gallt Literary Agency brokered the deal, which includes a second book, for world English rights."
(Charles Darwin is one cool dude!)
By: Stacy Dillon,
How timely is this?
Hillary wasn't first. Nor was Ferraro. Have you heard of Belva Lockwood? I had not either before reading this fabulous picture book biography.
Belva once read that a person could move mountains if he or she only had faith. Belva believed this wholeheartedly, and lived her life accordingly. Belva was born in Niagara County, New York in the year 1830. She was the daughter of a farmer, and by the time she was a 39 she had already been married, had a child, been widowed, become a teacher and gotten involved in the suffrage movement. She decided that she wanted to attend law school. In 1869, however, not many law schools wanted to admit women, and the few that did certainly did not want to grant degrees to the women who attended. If you've figured anything out about Belva by now, you know that she found a way to get her deserved degree, and to have it signed by President Ulysses S. Grant to boot!
What could be next for Belva?
After becoming the first woman to graduate from the National University Law School, she became the first woman to practice law in the federal courts. She was the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court. She rode her tricycle around Washington D.C. oblivious to the stares from those around her. And then in 1884, Belva became the first woman to officially run for president.
Before the ratification of the vote, Belva ran for president! And she got votes. Votes from men. 4711 to be exact. She got more votes than that, but they were thrown out, since the men doing the counting could not believe that anyone would actually vote for a woman.
I found this story not only timely, but incredibly inspiring as well. An author's note, glossary and timeline are included, which make this ripe for classroom use. Do today's kids know that the vote was taken away from women in 1787 (1807 in the case of NJ)? Author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen has done a great job of writing a readable storyline filled with, but not laden down by, facts surrounding suffrage and the political process. Courtney A. Martin's illustrations reflect the time period, though I do wish that the cat accompanying Belva everywhere was explained! This is a book that deserves a prominent place in classroom and library alike!
By: Stacy Dillon,
I always give a little laugh as I walk through the hallways in my school and overhear 2nd graders reminiscing about what it was like to be in the 4s. How they yearn for rest time now. (Mind you when they were 4, you couldn't pay them to stay on their mats!) Lazy Little Loafers has captured the nostalgia of the older child and brought in some snark for good measure.
"Here's a question for you: Why don't more babies work?"
Really. Why don't they?
Our unnamed protagonist who is busily dragging her HUGE backpack filled with work, is trying to figure this out. There are lots of jobs...there are lots of babies...could it be that babies are simply lazy? Babies certainly look lazy. They are wheeled everywhere in their fancy strollers, they eat snacks and roll around. It seems like the hardest work they do is trying to walk!
Illustrator G. Brian Karas' babies are hilarious as they stick out their tongues, suck their thumbs and cavort in the park. This may not be the picture book for everyone, but older kids who appreciate sarcasm will certainly eat it up! I think my readers who loved A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, and Chowder will love Susan Orlean's Lazy Little Loafers.
By: Chad W. Beckerman
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One of my favorite books on the Fall 2009 Amulet list is 3-2-3. I have talked about evolution Michael Buckley's NERDS
in dept and will soon be posting about Lauren Myracles Luv Ya Bunches
but right now its time to take a look at the evolution of the 3-2-3 cover design.
First a little bit about the bookFast-paced, full-color, and divided into short, easy-to-read chapters, this is a wonderful graphic novel for younger readers, offering a seamless transition between picture books and novels.
On the 3:23 Express to Whiska City, five unlikely friends meet and decide to form a detective agency. There is Jenny the wise donkey, Roger the gourmet dung beetle, Priscilla the theatrical penguin, Slingshot the hyperactive sloth, and Bluebell, the shy but brave rat. With little training but a lot of pluck, they set up shop in Whiska City and soon tackle their first mystery: a rash of disappearances linked to a pink poodle’s beauty salon.A funny, clever detective story for young graphic novel fans!.
On one of Fiona's many enjoyable visits to our offices she dropped off these 2 pulp comics, AMAZING STORIES. Which I took some direct and indirect influence from. The trick was to introduce the characters in a pulp comic setting while remaining true to the Fiona's voice.
Here are three of our first attempts.
We all loved the humor an wit of Fiona's characters along the spine but how to make the type work was still and issue.
In all three of the above the title type was a problem. No matter what we tried the design forced us to put the copy in a box which just didn't seem to work. Also, it became repetitive to show all five characters along the spine and in the main image. There were to many parts, to many things going on. Below is an attempt at simplifying the above ideas.
This direction seem to click at the time. We liked it enough to present it and the other ideas at our weekly cover meeting for discussion. The conversation in the meeting turned to a confusion over why the monkey was hypnotized and whether this was the image that was best for the book. We also talked about what was more important, introducing the characters or telling the audience that this is a pulp mystery graphic novel. At the moment we were displaying all these ideas yet nothing was working 100%. So we were sent back to the drawing board.
Almost a month went by before I was able to take another go at rethinking the design Luckily we were ahead on this book so I had time to waste. But more importantly time to step back and take another look from a far.
Knowing what we needed to be on the cover helped going forward.
1. Introduce the characters
2. Pulp comic design influence
3. Simple design/Iconic Image
4. Communicating that the book is a mystery.
5. Setting up a design for a possible series if needed.
On a rainy Thursday afternoon Fiona and I sat down in my dark office and I sketched this up while listening to Fiona's ideas.
We wanted to somehow keep the circle character drawings from the first cover comps. Can any one say BACK COVER?!
Fiona's Final cover art
Back cover hand drawn text
Back cover hand drawn text
Back cover text plus illustration
A needed graphic element hinting at a mystery and an important plot point.
Final cover design.
Final Paperback design
Final Hardcover with Flaps design
About the authorFiona Robinson is the author-illustrator of The Useful Moose: A Truthful, Moose-full Tale. Publishers Weekly praised her “flair for humor tinged with heart.” Her work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts and been featured in many gallery shows. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
Available in two editions:
Paperback, and hardcover with jacket
SPECIFICATIONS FOR BOTH BOOKS:
80 pages, full color, 6 3⁄4 x 9 3⁄8"
PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-0-8109-7094-6
HARDCOVER ISBN: 978-0-8109-8489-9
US $9.95 CAN $12.95 PB
US $17.95 CAN $23.50 HC
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FB staff take an ice cream break
A fabulous thing happened on the way to Romeoville…
Last month, I got a ride from Chicago to our First Book National Book Bank distribution in Romeoville, Illinois from my friend, Jason Wells, who is the publicity director at Abrams Books for Young Readers. On the way, Jason mentioned that to promote the upcoming Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days book, Abrams was doing an ice cream truck tour. By the time we arrived at the distribution, we had an idea. Wouldn’t it be fun if the truck could make a special visit to a First Book recipient group and Abrams could provide brand new books for all the kids, as well as free ice cream?
In typical First Book fashion, Outreach Director Mitali Chakraborty worked her magic with our partners and everyone at First Book jumped on board to help. On Thursday, August 20, approximately twenty First Book staffers arrived at the YMCA’s Anthony Bowen chapter here in Washington, DC. Summer camp director Imani Bell and the YMCA staff introduced us to the kids: the Jaguars (ages 5-7), the Pythons (8-9) and the Icons (10 and up). The First Book staff members then broke up into small groups to read aloud with the younger kids and discuss books with the older ones.
Mitali, Imani and me
When we brought out the boxes of new books, the kids’ eyes lit up. They were so excited that they could each have their own books to keep! I was particularly impressed with the extent to which the Jaguars engaged with the illustrations in the book we read together. The First Book staff members were taking turns reading aloud when a little girl jumped in to take her turn (hey, why should the grown ups have all the read-aloud fun?) and carried the show for several pages, sounding out some challenging words like a champ.
Just then, the bright yellow Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ice cream truck arrived, ready to serve up free frozen treats for all (my popsicle – okay, I had two – was excellent)! And, boy, was it a perfect ice cream day: sunny and hot! This event turned out to be the perfect way for the First Book staff to beat the heat and celebrate summer reading with some terrific kids in our own hometown. It’s hard to say who had more fun (or who ate more popsicles) – the kids or us!
Thanks again to Abrams Books for Young Readers and Jason Wells for the inspiration!