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Origami and Haiku

I was invited to participate in Penny Parker Klostermann’s wonderful series featuring family collaborations of art and poetry. The series titled: A Great Nephew and a Great Aunt, started out with Penny’s poems based on her nephew, Landon’s drawings. They’ve teamed up to produce some brilliant art and poems. Then, Penny started inviting others to join in the fun. I am happy to share my collaboration with my great stepson, Gabe (his origami/my haiku). Please join us here!

Poetry Friday: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

This past Tuesday, I had a fantastic surprise that I just have to share with you. Astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, who was living on the International Space station for 200 days (until yesterday when she returned to earth) recited the poem from my picture book, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It was out of this world- literally! You can watch the video here.

Twinkle Cover 120 res

Jama Rattigan at Jama’s Alphabet Soup has some delightful blueberry-themed offerings as well as the Poetry Friday round-up of poems. Please check them out here!

Revising Rhymes


Today I am very happy to be the featured blogger on Angie Karcher’s outstanding site! If you are not familiar with it, I urge you to check it out. It’s chock-full of informative posts on the topic of rhyming picture books. She also includes lots of resources, writing prompts and much more! And,  if you are interested in the rhyme editing process and want to read some of my lousy first drafts, then hop on over here.

OLD KING COLE book trailer

Hello, anybody there…?

I know, I know. I have been away a long time and I apologize. I’ve had an unplanned hiatus- an awful case of blog block,  and then I was too scared and embarrassed to return. But now it’s a new year…

And may it be a happy one for us all!

Last July when I posted, I had already finished the paintings for Old King Cole and was starting sketches for another book (Gabe and Goon 2016.) In the meantime, I have been waiting for final high-res scans and proofs for King Cole which just arrived a few weeks ago. It’s a lengthy process- this book making stuff. I have learned to be patient, though it’s not always easy.

So now, as publication date (Aug 4th) is getting nearer, I’ll be able to post a few of my early rhymes and sketches and compare them to the finished versions. I will do that soon and I hope writers/illustrators will find it informative.

In the meantime, here is the OLD KING COLE BOOK TRAILER.  My stepson put it together. My good friend played the fiddle. And I? Well, you’ll find out my contribution :-) I hope it makes you smile! 



Picture Book Illustration: Making an architectural model

Well, thank goodness for modern technology. Here I am on a small island 10 miles offshore and, though reception is mostly spotty, there are rare moments when I have a good internet signal and can actually tether my iphone to the computer. This is one such moment and I want to show you what I’ve been doing on my working vacation.

In preparation for my next book, Gabe and Goon (Fall 2016), I have made up an architectural model of a boy’s bedroom. Since the whole story takes place in the room, I thought it would be helpful to have this model to sketch from. I can take photos from various angles and viewpoints and maintain consistency. I have drawn floor plans in the past, but I have never done a 3D model before. What fun!



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