April 23, 2013 § 3 Comments
April 22, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I needed to take a short break from the books that I’m illustrating. And inspired by seeing some illustrations by of one of my favorite artists, Garth Williams, at the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum thought it would be fun to practice my penwork. Until seeing his beautiful sketches and inks of Fern and Wilbur up close, I hadn’t realized what a big influence his work has been on mine. And I so loved seeing his different versions of the Charlotte’s Web cover art. I’d love to see a book of his collected work and sketches. I would eat it up.
March 22, 2013 § 2 Comments
is always a nice way to start the day!
Nerdy With Children:
Happy Punks 1 2 3: A Counting Story
Who says that punks have to be human? Beats me. In the world of New Flip City, home to the care-free, talented, fun-loving, and creatively exciting group of punks known as the Happy Punks, they redefine this oh-so-conventional rule.
Spending their nights and days attending shows and making a ruckus, the Happy Punks are always partying hardy with a group of their best friends who just so happen to be snowmen, zombies, robots, animals, and so many other types who comprise the majority of residents who live in New Flip City. And since they all love to dance and make merry through the eclectic rage and beat-rific peppiness of punk rock, slam dancing is always in abundance.
From authors Jana Christy and John Seven comes Happy Punk 1 2 3: A Counting Story that tells the tales of these 12 awesome punks as they punk it up with other ilk-minded rebels, explore the confines and weird alleyways of their city, meet new friends, and mosh the night away as they teach toddlers how to count to 12 in the most punk rock ways possible.
As an alternative to boring, mainstream counting books, Happy Punks is a brand-new revised take on an old-school lesson that every child eventually has to learn. And as a parent who loves punk as much as any other hardcore enthusiast of this genre, sitting down with your kids to count to 12 in the same way that The Ramones would count to four is an imaginative teaching technique that will teach kids the importance of learning stuff. “To call Happy Punks 1 2 3 ‘adorable’ would be an understatement. It tells us ‘Welcome to Planet Earth!’ and ‘Here’s some cool stuff you could do in life!’”—Teresa Taylor, B*tthole Surfers. That pretty much says it all.
ALSO! This totally sweet review of A Year with Friends! from
A Year with Friends is a month by month compilation of a friendship. From January’s snowy sled day to December’s hot cocoa by the fire, you’ll be mesmerized by each glimpse of a girl and her sweet companion.
The illustrations by Jana Christy are so precious and delightful it could put any reader in a good mood at once. Her characters have sweet faces, the colors are vibrant, and the movement in each piece really takes this book to a new level.
It’s not too late to start the year off right with A Year with Friends.
Good seasons start with good beginnings. -Sparky Anderson
January 8, 2013 § 1 Comment
This is a very exciting week for me! Four books that I illustrated in 2012 are being released!
The first! A Year With Us written by my husband/ creative partner, John Seven and Published by Abrams Appleseed! This is what Kirkus had to say about it: ”While lots of books about seasons are available, this one is as fresh and crisp as a cool fall breeze…The charm is in the narrative’s simplicity and the breezy, soft-edged artwork that captures the special wonder of each month…This expressive childhood tribute to the joys of nature throughout the year warmly conveys the message that anytime is best when shared with a friend.” -Kirkus Reviews
The 2nd- my first Little Golden Book!!! Yippeeeee!
Whew! I’ve been busy! Time for some tea!
November 8, 2012 § 3 Comments
The first snowflakes fell tonight in New England and I went out to hang with the girls in their coop. It’s starting to get pretty cold. I can’t help but worry about them, in my kind of lame, new-chicken-owner way. I worry they get too cold, even though i selected winter hardy breeds. I sat on their hay bale and one by one tucked them into my wool coat and warmed them up. Tatty fell asleep, Buffy looked comfy, Polly escaped and flew on top of my head. Luna wanted none of it and flew away. I came to terms with the fact that they’re not my farm animals- not only do i not have a farm, I only have four. I worry about them like I worry about any other creature I’m besotted with. They’re my outside pets. And if my neighbors looked out their window, they would’ve seen my sitting inside my lit chicken coop, with one girl on my head, another two sticking out of my coat and would’ve heard me singing to them. So be it. I’m the crazy chicken lady.
November 6, 2012 § Leave a Comment
A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy