Tuesday, April 26, 2011

visit at Altamont Elementary

Thank you to my new friends at Altamont Elementary for inviting me today. What a wonderful day. Go to Bed, Monster is always fun to read. The potato game always a big hit. The visit was well organized, the kids excited, the faculty engaged. I have been so lucky with my visits so far!
Thank you Kari for contacting me and leading me into your lovely library.

4 groups, 4 team pictures, 3 of them with dogs! Good thing I like dogs.

Our first dog was to ride a motorcycle, be happy, wear shorts and flip-flops and a leash (!)

The second dog was to cook potatoes, be sad (i mistakenly made the tail wag), wear chef hat, clown shoes and pajama pants.

The third dog was to wash dishes , standing on a pile of china plates, be angry about it, and wear party hat, rubber gloves, and shorts.

The K class finally broke with the motif and wanted a crocodile riding a play-jeep, and looking shocked. No wonder as he was heading straight onto a red light (that I accidently cropped upon taking the picture.)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

school visit near Chicago

Tuesday was school visit day for me. In Glencoe, IL. What a fantastic visit! What a fantastic school! What a fantastic team of parents, children and faculty! Everyone was so welcoming, enthusiastic and helpful.

Thank you Lisa and Carolyn for inviting me, for organizing so beautifully and for your attention to all details. Thank you Jacob for getting up early to pick me up at my hotel and showing me into the school. Thank you Nancy the librarian for your welcome. I enjoyed eavesdropping on your class while I was signing books. Thank you to the principal for being so interested. Thank you to all the teachers and a special thank you to the art teacher who is a gem of a teacher. I loved seeing her class. (I am sorry I do not remember all the names.)

(note to Lisa's daughter: next time, I would love to see your graphic novel!)

Here are the images we came up with:

A happy koala bear eating spaghetti.
(with top hat, glass of milk, flip-flops.)
(I am sorry to say I need to review my knowledge of koala bears.)

A worried tiger ready to eat a huge potato.
(with tap dance shoes, bows, dress. side lamp.)
(Kids had eating in mind that morning.)

An excited lion dancing disco.
(with new shoes, a zebra outfit, party hat, sunglasses, and, of course, the disco ball.)

A very tired giraffe -named Sabrina- jazz dancing.
(with tank top, shorts, rose in mouth and bow tie.)
(Kids had dancing in mind too!!)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

blue, pink and yellow

detail from dummy in the works.

Friday, March 4, 2011

back in time

It is always such a treat to go back to the Robert C. Parker School. My daughter went there for her whole elementary schooling and it was so good for her.
Yesterday I went back, not as a parent, but as an author-illustrator and enjoyed the children so much. Thank you Carol for inviting me. Thank you Liliana and Michele for opening your classrooms to me. Thank you to all the children who became my new friends and teamed up to come up with some good images.
Great job coloring our picture K-4! Better than anything I would have done.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

fan mail


once in a while i receive a note from a parent who is enjoying one of my books with his or her child. it warms my heart. thank you Peter for this:

Just wanted to say thank you for your book 'I Love You, Mister Bear'. Just a perfect book for a 3 year old. My daughter Josefine loves it.
My wife and I are always shocked at how many children's books are not age appropriate. Yours is a true gem.
P.S. After 3 and a half years of reading children's books to my daughter this is the first time I've felt compelled to write an author. Thanks for a great book.

Josephine, Mister Bear has a message for you: "Dear Josephine, I am so glad to have a new friend. Love, Mister Bear."

Saturday, February 19, 2011

silly bob has found a home

detail from submission page for SILLY BOB

i am so glad SILLY BOB has found an interested publisher. Dutton. contract is in the works. it will be so much fun to work on. still waiting to start on TINY BABY. the way things work, both publishers will get in contact the same day and it will be a real challenge to keep up with the work then. in the meantime, working on ZIG. (that is all i am going to say about Zig for now!)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

cute but not it

acrylic sketch
after 3 double spreads along these lines, decided that it wasn't the way i wanted this idea to evolve. i guess it is good to find out where one doesn't want to go. like eliminating a wrong path in the creative labyrinth. still the sketches helped me discover a possible story line. will that survive? to be followed.

Monday, January 24, 2011

studio tour

detail from dummy of THE VERY TINY BABY

yesterday i hosted a studio tour at the CLC's suggestion. i did not know what to expect. who really wants to come, i thought. about 18 people came! friends, colleagues, teachers, librarians, artists, all such delightful people. Janice brought all the necessary things for a lovely tea and coffee and sweet afternoon. more people brought homemade pastries. all i had to do was talk and enjoy the attention. which i did. plenty. sometimes i'm afraid i talk too much. i talked a lot about my new direction (the strip format) and my thoughts on comics (or graphic novels). also showed the dummy for THE VERY TINY BABY. i think they liked it.
thank you CLC, thank you Janice, thank you to all that came.
for the CLC website: http://www.childrensliteratureconnection.org/wordpress/

Friday, January 21, 2011

snow day

what i've been doing...
i remember when there was no such thing as "too much snow". that was a long time ago, when there was also no such thing as a "side-walk to shovel".

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

just for fun

amusing little doodles done for no reason at all.