Saturday, July 22, 2006

Illustration Friday - Opposites

Most people couldn't believe Geraldine and Earnestine were related much less identical twins. The sisters were as opposite as brussell sprouts and deep-fried Twinkies. About the only thing they shared was lunch every Tuesday at Tiny's.

It was a bit creepy working on this drawing because I posed for both women. I couldn't help wondering which one I will turn into in twenty years. Which one do I want to turn into? Hmmmm...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Illustration Friday - Sacrifice

I live in a rural area with many small country roads. Often, while driving on a particularly long, straight stretch of road with no other cars in sight, a chipmunk will jump out of the bushes and dive under the front wheels of my car. About one time in ten I hear a heart-sinking little thump as he goes on to chipmunk heaven. (Sorry, Chippy!)

But why, when there hasn't been a car past in hours (possibly days) do they jump out right in front of my car? One might hypothesize that it's because the noise of the car startles them. But the animals around here are so accustomed to the sounds of civilization this seems unlikely to me. The only remaining, logical explanation is that it's some sort of a sacrificial rodent ritual. Could this little chippy be ensuring a good harvest of acorns for the rest of the chipmunk community? I like to think so.

And then again, maybe I'm just a little woozy from the heat and having trouble thinking of something for this week's Illustration Friday topic!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Alfie the Alligator is listed as a "Best Bet" Book

My book "May I Please Have a Cookie?" was listed by the TEMPO Reading Program at the University of Virginia as being a "Best Bet for the Classroom." I feel honored that my beginning reader book was listed right between Tedd Arnold and Kate DiCamillo.

You can see the rest of the list here. For more information about my book you can click here.

My son's preschool class liked my book but I think they are a little biased because the teachers and the kids know me. But I recently heard from a friend in NY that she saw a battered copy of my book at her child's preschool. The teacher said the kids like my book and she reads it often. When someone forgets to say please, the teacher says to them, "What would Alfie say?" That just made my day!!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

SCBWI Contest

I received an email today that said I was the runner up in the latest SCBWI illustration contest. The challenge was to draw a child (human or otherwise) driving the vehicle they would most like the go cruisin' in.

Here's my fishy entry...

Here's a link to the rest of the winners...

SCBWI winners

I think they were all wonderful. Mai Stewart's Elephant is terrific. And I adore Holli's "junk" pictures.

Boy I've been slacking on Illustration Friday. I hope to get back to them next week.