Illustration Friday - Octopus

Illustration Friday - Octopus

Cannonball!

Cannonball!

Frog Comedian for Highlights Magazine

Frog Comedian for Highlights Magazine

The Next Big ThingThe Next Big Thing is a global blog tour for authors and illustrators, started by social media wizards in the land down under. I was tagged for the tour by Monica Wellington, a fan-tabulous author and illustrator and  the teacher of an amazing children’s book class at SVA. I’ll be passing the baton on to two other great illustrators to keep the tour going, so stay tuned!
Here goes!What is the working title of your next book? Who is publishing your next book?"HICCUP!" is my latest book, which was published by Blue Apple Books. I’m also working on a few new book ideas: one about a curmudgeonly king who cannot laugh; one about a sloth with superhero powers; and one about monsters which teaches kids about colors.In what genre does you book fall?HICCUP! is an early reader comic, best for ages 4-7.What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?HICCUP! tells the story of Jamie, a young rabbit who has the worst case of hiccups the world has ever seen. With the help of his trusty ally Jenna, he must cure the hiccups before they ruin their school play.Where the idea come from for the book? The idea, like almost all my ideas, came from doodling. I was drawing in a coffee shop, and for some reason I drew a little boy having an enormous hiccup. Eventually the boy became a rabbit, and I added a host of other characters who tried to help him cure his hiccups. Who or what inspired you to write the book?When I was young I was obsessed with Peanuts. Now that I’m older and writing my own stories, I find that I create a lot stories where the main character is a bit “Charlie-Brown-esque”. Like Charlie Brown, Jamie is a sweet, thoughtful boy who has some serious bad luck. The fun of the story is seeing Jamie overcome all that dumb luck.The other character, Jenna, is a spot-on copy of my lovely wife, whose name is, well, “Jenna”.In general I like to write stories that will hopefully make kids laugh, and have a really fun read. I try to avoid anything too preachy or feel-goody.What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? A hiccuping rabbit? Johnny Depp of course! For Jenna, I’d say my wife’s doppelganger, Maggie Gyllenhaal.How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?Much longer than I expected, since I had some trouble with the ending. (How DO you cure the world’s worst case of hiccups?) Writing the story and storyboarding probably took me a couple of months.What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? HICCUP! is a an early comic reader, similar in style to the Toon Books comics such as “Otto’s Orange Day”, “Benny and Penny” and “Jack and the Box”.What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest? The book has both boy and girl main characters, and is perfect for a kid who’s just starting to read on his/her own. (The text is very simple). Also, think of the great conversations you can have about crazy hiccup cures. Who doesn’t love those?I’d like to end with the first question again!What is the working title of your next book?The working title for my next book is “That’s Not Funny!”, which tells the story of a mean king who will not laugh, despite the antics of his poor beleaguered penguin jester. The jester tries wilder and wilder strategies to entertain the king. Hijinks ensue.

The Next Big Thing
The Next Big Thing is a global blog tour for authors and illustrators, started by social media wizards in the land down under. I was tagged for the tour by Monica Wellington, a fan-tabulous author and illustrator and  the teacher of an amazing children’s book class at SVA. I’ll be passing the baton on to two other great illustrators to keep the tour going, so stay tuned!

Here goes!

What is the working title of your next book?
Who is publishing your next book?
"HICCUP!" is my latest book, which was published by Blue Apple Books.
I’m also working on a few new book ideas: one about a curmudgeonly king who cannot laugh; one about a sloth with superhero powers; and one about monsters which teaches kids about colors.

In what genre does you book fall?
HICCUP! is an early reader comic, best for ages 4-7.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
HICCUP! tells the story of Jamie, a young rabbit who has the worst case of hiccups the world has ever seen. With the help of his trusty ally Jenna, he must cure the hiccups before they ruin their school play.

Where the idea come from for the book?
The idea, like almost all my ideas, came from doodling. I was drawing in a coffee shop, and for some reason I drew a little boy having an enormous hiccup. Eventually the boy became a rabbit, and I added a host of other characters who tried to help him cure his hiccups.

Who or what inspired you to write the book?
When I was young I was obsessed with Peanuts. Now that I’m older and writing my own stories, I find that I create a lot stories where the main character is a bit “Charlie-Brown-esque”. Like Charlie Brown, Jamie is a sweet, thoughtful boy who has some serious bad luck. The fun of the story is seeing Jamie overcome all that dumb luck.

The other character, Jenna, is a spot-on copy of my lovely wife, whose name is, well, “Jenna”.

In general I like to write stories that will hopefully make kids laugh, and have a really fun read. I try to avoid anything too preachy or feel-goody.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
A hiccuping rabbit? Johnny Depp of course! For Jenna, I’d say my wife’s doppelganger, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Much longer than I expected, since I had some trouble with the ending. (How DO you cure the world’s worst case of hiccups?) Writing the story and storyboarding probably took me a couple of months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
HICCUP! is a an early comic reader, similar in style to the Toon Books comics such as “Otto’s Orange Day”, “Benny and Penny” and “Jack and the Box”.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
The book has both boy and girl main characters, and is perfect for a kid who’s just starting to read on his/her own. (The text is very simple). Also, think of the great conversations you can have about crazy hiccup cures. Who doesn’t love those?

I’d like to end with the first question again!
What is the working title of your next book?
The working title for my next book is “That’s Not Funny!”, which tells the story of a mean king who will not laugh, despite the antics of his poor beleaguered penguin jester. The jester tries wilder and wilder strategies to entertain the king. Hijinks ensue.

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A romantic vespa ride,

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