Monday, September 22, 2014

The Noisy Paint Box

(I just sat next Mary GrandPré at a SCBWI book signing. Why didn't I get someone to take our picture? I am the dumbest blogger ever.)

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Shift of Perspective for Madame Martine

Madame Martine
Sarah S. Brannen 
Published 2014
Age Levels: 4-7

Madame Martine lives a solitary life of safe routine. And that’s how she likes it, until the day she adopts a bit of chaos in the form of a “very small, very wet, very dirty dog.” When the adorable mutt gets away from her, the chase leads to the top of the Eiffel Tower—a place Martine has avoided (believing it was a tourist-trap and “a waste of time”). A luminous panorama of Paris at dusk changes Martine's thinking.

Straightaway, the cover of Madam Martine conveys Sarah Brannen’s finesse with watercolors. The city at twilight, the intricate metal work of the Eiffel Tower, and even a simple yellow bedspread have a translucent, delicate quality. Brannen’s light touch is perfect for telling this sweet story of an old woman’s new appreciation for life in Paris.

To see more of Sarah S. Brannen's work visit

Ivy and Bean the Musical

Dot Day-- September 15

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Meet the Author/Illustrator column

I wrote a short column for the September/October issue of Knowledge Quest. Visit the Children’s Book Council ( to read my column and previous Meet the Author/Illustrator columns.  

Friday, September 05, 2014

Jim Henson's Journals

'Imagination Illustrated', the delightful journals of Jim Henson, published by Chronicle Books...
Imagination Illustrated

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Julia, Child

'Julia, Child' is yet another terrific book by author Kyo Maclear and beautifully illustrated by Julie Morstad. The book, as Kyo says, is "A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the importance of never completely growing up, and mastering the art of having a good time, “Julia, Child” is a fictional tale loosely inspired by the life and spirit of the very real Julia Child — a story that should be taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter"… 

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Christian Robinson

I love the work of Christian Robinson. It's full of joy, colour and wit. Check out his latest book, 'Gaston' (written by Kelly DiPucchio) with its timely tale about a bulldog and a poodle who 'learn that a family is about love, not appearances'...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Artist Creates Intricate Mud Paintings On School Walls

Japanese artist Yusuke Asai  painted a classroom  in Sujata Village, India. Read more about the school and Ysuke Asai here.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Ali Reza Goldouzian

Beautiful illustration by Iranian artist Ali Reza Golduzian. See more of his illustrated books at the wonderful resource, The International Children's Digital Library, with Goldouzian's books here
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