Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Painting with Procreate and the iPad


I've been having a lot of fun lately with the Procreate app on my iPad.  This is a scene that I saw on my drive this morning.  It was very cold (8F) and this house looked so cozy.  So when I got home I painted a quick sketch.  Remember no matter how tempting it is - never paint and drive!




Monday, January 05, 2015

Steve and Wessley Cybils Finalists


Steve and Wessley's first book, The Ice Cream Shop is a finalist in the Cybils awards in the Easy Reader category.



In case you are not familiar with the Cybils. They are the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards. Here is the the mission statement that they post on their website...

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.

Since most of my books revolve around food that sounds like the perfect award for me!  I'm very happy and honored that they recognized my book for this award.  


The reviewer, Katie Fitzgerald, mistakenly called Steve a rat (he's an opossum).  But that's ok, because I was thrilled that she picked up on the theme of the book, which is, reading is important.  In the book, Steve the opossum is having trouble getting into the neighborhood ice cream shop because no matter how hard he pushes, the door won't open.  Had he used his reading skills and read the "PULL" sign on the door he would have gotten his ice cream much sooner.