Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Berlin 2014

This is pulled from a spread for the latest in my series of books done with Kids Can Press (Follow that Map, Look at that Building and the upcoming Look Where We Live.)
Just coming to the end of another great visit to Berlin.  But this time has been special because I've been working on a story based on real people living here.  This is a first for me and I have to say it's pretty special to be influenced by your surroundings. The story could take place in any city but I think it's definitely influenced by the casual nature of Berlin and it's mix of urban life with nature creeping in on all sides (in a good way.)   Hopefully next time I write I'll be reporting that I found a publisher but I'm talking to someone now and keeping my fingers crossed.
Other than that there's a few books on the go - all 3 I have already written and am now preparing to get to work on the illustrations.  Usually I prefer the art part of a book the most but I think that has more to do with the fact that I've illustrated so many books but only written a handful.  The more I write the more I enjoy it.
I also did another great project with pirates and the great big ocean as a theme.  I'll put up one of the mazes I created for that.
I'm also looking forward to a new book I just illustrated called "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck'., based on the old children's song. This was so much fun to do because everything is so outrageous with the old lady eventually swallowing a whole hockey rink.  It's written by the very talented Stella Partheniou Grasso for Scholastic.