Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Writers and Their Pets

Announcing the release of a lovely new book: Writers and Their Pets!

This fascinating collection of biographies for middle-grade readers is duopress's follow-up to Artists and Their Pets. Twenty well-known writers and an array of pets are featured, including Virginia Woolf and her beloved Pinka (above), and John Steinbeck and his trusty friend and travel companion, Charley (below).

Writers and Their Pets is packed with art: nearly 250 full color spot illustrations!

Whether you're a cat person (like Mark Twain)...

...a dog person (like Gertrude Stein)...

...a chicken person (like Alice Walker)...

...or a peacock person (like Flannery O'Connor)...

...you'll find authors and animals to love in Writers and Their Pets.

Click here to order a copy of Writers and Their Pets today!


Writers and Their Pets
Written by Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by Violet Lemay
Designed by Thomas Boucher
June 11, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Shred Girls: Lindsay's Joyride

Announcing the release of
Shred Girls: Linday's Joyride

Written by Molly Hurford
Illustrated by Violet Lemay
Rodale Kids
May 8, 2019

Lindsay's Joyride is the first book in this outstanding new Shred Girls series by Molly Hurford. Ride along with Lindsay as she makes new friends and conquers her fears. Quoting the author, "It's not about bikes. It's about confidence."

There are tons of black and white illustrations in this book.

Also: Tons. Of. Bikes. (Illustrator friends, I know you understand everything associated with this particular drawing challenge!) 

Click "Look inside" at amazon.com to see some of the art in the layout, or stroll on over to the "Tweens" section of my website, where I've posted nearly all of the art from the book.

Bookstore Babies!

Written by Puck with art by Yours Truly, Bookstore Babies is the latest in duopress's Local Baby series. What a pleasure it was, illustrating this book!

Bookstore Babies officially launched on April 2, a day after being featured as Powell's Pick of the Month for April.

If you'd like to see more samples than are featured here, "look inside" at amazon or stroll on over to my portfolio site and click on "Kids' Books".

Bookstore Babies officially launched on April 2, a day after being featured as Powell's Pick of the Month for April.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Yes I Can!

I am proud to announce the upcoming release of Yes I Can!: A Girl and Her Wheelchair. The book will officially launch in late November, but is available for pre-order.

Yes I Can! (written by Kendra J. Barrettt, DPT, Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD and Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, and illustrated by Violet Lemay) tells the story of Carolyn, a little girl with a big heart. 

Carolyn is in a wheelchair, but she doesn't let that stop her! She can do almost everything the other kids can, even if sometimes she has to do it a little differently.

Yes I Can! includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers with more information on discussing disabilities with children and helping them to build positive, empathic relationships.

Yes I Can!: A Girl and Her Wheelchair is published by Magination Press. Art direction by Katie Ten Hagen. 

Click here to pre-order your copy today!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

"100 Pablo Picassos" at the Hyundai Museum

Recently, the Hyundai Museum of Kids' Books & Art (MOKA) in Seoul, Korea, included 100 Pablo Picassos—a book which I illustrated in 2014in their "Artists in Books" exhibition.

100 Pablo Picassos, written by Mauricio Velazquez de Leon and designed by Beatriz Juarez (with art by Yours Truly), is a picture book/biography that invites kids to find 100 instances of Pablo Picasso throughout.

It's a brilliant concept, a beautiful book, and I'm very proud to be associated with it.

100 Pablo Picassos has been translated into several languages, including Korean, which is probably how it turned up on MOKA's radar.

The printer's proof above gives a glimpse of MOKA's exhibit pamphlet. Exciting!

Because of an international move three years ago, most of the art that I painted for 100 Pablo Picassos is in storage; however, I had access to the three paintings shown above, a handful of sketches, and the book dummy shown below.

The event organizers graciously agreed that this was enough to merit inclusion in the show. The section featuring 100 Pablo Picassos is shown in the photos below.

Check out this cool drawing station, complete with wonky mirrors... for drawing Picasso-esque self-portraits. Genius!

Besides featuring a brilliant portrait of Yours Truly (top left), doors open, inviting viewers to interact and learn cool stuff about Picasso. More genius!

The dark blue interactive wall was flanked by my three paintings and two sketches, in frames. The book dummy is disassembled, displayed in those white cases.

I'll post photos of some of the other books included in the show, to give you a feel for the whole thing. Enjoy!

Don't you wish you could have been there? I know I do. Between the expense of the trip and an overcrowded schedule, flying to Korea was impossible. Thank goodness for all of these incredible photos, sent by curator Jongji Chen. 

What an honor, to have shared museum space with an impressive array of illustrators and children's books—all celebrating fine artists, and sharing their lives and work with children. Dreams do come true. :)


Click here to order 100 Pablo Picassos.