Thursday, February 25, 2010

Nice User Review for 'On a Dark, Dark Night'

I wanted to share this user review from Amazon. Thank you JP! I really like the little boy's reaction...

This book is a great read aloud. The text gives you the opportunity to build suspense and finishes off with a perfect feel good ending for every preschooler. It's great when a picture book comes along that allows even the youngest to feel a little scary thrill and then find out it's all ok. It's not too long and is sure to hold the attention of every wandering 3 year old. I used this in story time and when I closed the book I had every eye in the room and all you could hear was one little guy saying "boy that was a good one". The art really adds to the story - I think every preschooler can identify with the wide eyed boy in the book. The picture of him peeking out from under the covers is just perfect. If you are looking for a good preschool story time book - this is a great one and is certainly going into my permanent collection.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Chinese New Year

Happy New Year! Yesterday we went to Chinatown to see the lion dancers and I brought my new camera along to try it out.

After Chinatown we ended up at the Museum of Science. I was quite happy with how my camera did taking photos of the Van De Graaff generator.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Illusion Knitting

My new thing is knitting. I'm not great at it or anything but I'm finding it relaxing. There is something very cozy about knitting socks on a cold day. And I was so excited that my very first sock came out looking more or less like a sock. It's not a great sock but you'd be hard pressed to mistake it for anything but a sock which is more than I had hoped for.

When I was surfing the internet this evening looking for knit patterns I discovered illusion knitting or shadow knitting. This is so cool. When you look at it from straight on it looks like plain stripes but when you look at it from an angle an image appears. You can do a simple pattern or you can go nuts like this person did and knit a portrait of Daniel Radcliffe. Hmmm, I can't wait to try this. If you google "illusion knitting" you'll find all sorts of patterns.

Monday, February 15, 2010

NESCBWI Conference May 14-16, 2010

It's hard to think about a spring but registration opened last week for the New England SCBWI conference in Fitchburg, MA. The New England regional conference is always a really wonderful event. If you are in the area and are interested in writing or illustrating for children I highly recommend attending this conference.

This year author Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrator Marla Frazee, and editor Allyn Johnston will be giving the key note addresses. Plus there are lots of other great speakers including Matt Phelan, Dani Jones, and Frank Dormer just to name a few. And yours truly will be running a Photoshop workshop for illustrators on Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spring Promo

This is a little piece I did for the Illustration For Kids spring promo mailer. I don't know if I'll end up using it or not. It's kind of boring.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Please Write Back - Flip Book

I volunteered to help out at the primary school book fair last week and although I enjoy helping out at the school I also had a selfish motive. I wanted to get my hands on a copy of the Alfie flip book that Scholastic is selling at the book fairs this spring. It was hard not to stuff my book into the hands of every little kindergarten kid that came through but I controlled myself and let them choose their own books. But I bet they'll regret buying those Sparkle Magic Glitter Kitty Princess books someday. Well, "Sparkle Magic Glitter Kitty Princess" might not have been the exact title but I'm sure it was something like that. ;)