On books...

Publishing can be a bit of a mystery. You create these books, work on them for a year or so-laboring over every detail and then wait as they are sent overseas to be printed and eventually released a year later. You hope for good reviews and aside from promoting the heck out of them and doing as many events as possible (I also plaster car magnets on my Jetta), they are basically out of your control. Not always easy.

Yesterday I was in the local bookstore and spotted my second book "The Grumpy Pets" and was delighted to see that not only was it in its third printing, but the back now had the New York Times blurb added onto it! Made me smile.

 back cover of The Grumpy Pets 3rd printing

back cover of The Grumpy Pets 3rd printing

It's been a good month for this book. A few weeks ago I was tagged by a librarian in Texas with this news:

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It's one thing to get a review, but to have the children love your book is really what this is all about. It's easy to get caught up in the business of things but this is the good stuff.

 

Newburyport Literary Festival!!!

Beyond excited to head to Newburyport, Mass in a few weeks. I lived there about 13 years ago and have many fond memories of this charming, coastal town. So honored to be a part of their literary festival and SO SO excited to meet author Andre Dubus III among others. Should be a fun weekend! :) I'll be doing an reading/activity on Saturday morning with The Grumpy Pets.

Montclair Literary Festival

This past weekend was the second year of the Montclair Literary Festival. I had a workshop at the Montclair Art Museum based on my third book "Mr. Biddles" and the collage-style illustration used for it. I had all the kids create their own inventions, like Mr. B and it was so cute to see the what they came up with! So clever and cute.

 Love to see their drawings. One child named LEo had a tree going up to space! Another child used the accordion lamp as a sun over the city.  

Love to see their drawings. One child named LEo had a tree going up to space! Another child used the accordion lamp as a sun over the city.
 

 Oh! And I met the actor Patrick Wilson. Kept remembering "that episode of Girls". lol

Oh! And I met the actor Patrick Wilson. Kept remembering "that episode of Girls". lol

Art on Paper

I recently attended the opening of Art on Paper down at Pier 36. My friend Lori had some of her lovely silverpoints in the show and because I had taught Thursday nights for years-was never able to attend her openings. I loved the idea of works on paper. I took a few photos of the art, but found the crown just as interesting. ;)

 Whimsical drawings and I loved the beauty of the shadows from the piece on the right. 

Whimsical drawings and I loved the beauty of the shadows from the piece on the right. 

 I adore alla prima like the plate above, but I should point out that this bust was made entirely from cut-out subway maps. The intricacy was amazing!!!   

I adore alla prima like the plate above, but I should point out that this bust was made entirely from cut-out subway maps. The intricacy was amazing!!!

 

 Mustard, chartreuse-all kinds of yellow spotted in the crowd.

Mustard, chartreuse-all kinds of yellow spotted in the crowd.