Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
As you know, I am a huge fan of The Gentleman Bug. You've probably been asked this question a gazillion times, BUT what gave you the idea for writing and illustrating The Gentleman Bug?
While waiting for a story idea to come to me, I filled several sketchbooks full of characters and settings in an effort to give The Gentleman Bug a world to live in. Later on, after my first book, The Little Matador was released, my editor and I got together to brainstorm new picture book ideas - she really liked The Gentleman Bug and pushed me to come up with a story. In the end, I really just wanted a story that allowed me to feature all of my favorite characters and locations from the original world building sketchbooks, and, as you can't have a gentleman bug without a lady bug, a light romance felt appropriate. The addition of the library was a play off of one of my earliest ideas, where I thought that it would be fun to tell a story about a group of feral bugs who learned how to read and become civilized.
I love your book trailer for 10 Scary Animals: A Field Guide. Book trailers are extremely popular in my school library. Why do you think so many readers are drawn to book trailers?
What inspired you to create picture books? Is there a picture book you love to reread?
Julian Hector: I can't really point to a single thing that inspired me to create picture books. I think that my isolated, son of biologists, surrounded by animals and mountains of drawing paper upbringing helped to groom me for this life. There are a lot of creative types who say that their profession chose them, and I think that sentiment could apply to me, too. I entered design school wanting to be an architect, but slowly realized that writing and illustrating was the more harmonious and least painful thing for me to do - though, I would really love it if someone asked me to design a concert hall or Guggenheim satellite location.
I love to reread The Story of Ferdinand. It's my "if there was a fire in your apartment and you only had time to grab one book" book.
Can you share what you're currently working on?
Julian Hector: I can! I'm slowly finishing the illustrations for a bilingual, Spanish/English fairy tale anthology for Harper Collins, and I'm working on two of my own picture books; one about a scorpion, and the other about a mouse who is half tricycle, and I'm working on a short internet-based picture book written by Leslie Muir (author of C.R. Mudgeon), which she and I are giving away for free in a couple weeks.
* If you win The Gentleman Bug OR C.R. Mudgeon, I will send you an email.
* You must be at least 13 to participate.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Browse the children’s section of your favorite independent bookshop and you will find quite a few exceptional books in which the main character desperately wants a pet. Well, let's see... Petunia wants a skunk. Prudence wants the pet of her dreams. Zelly Fried wants a dog. And, in our hilarious picture book of the day, Cave Boy "want pet." You see, he is tired of playing with rocks, sticks, and a club. What's a prehistoric boy to do? Why, naturally, he takes matters into his own hands and searches near and far until he finds a ...How does Mama react to Cave Boy's new pet? "He too big. Where he sleep?" Uh-oh! Cave Boy tries again. This time he brings home a...
How does Papa react to his son's new pet? "Make me sneeze! No can stay!" Poor Cave Boy! Should he try again? This youngster is not a quitter. He searches and searches until he finds a...
Will Mama, Papa, and Gran let Cave Boy keep a dodo bird? You'll have to head on over to your public library to find out.
Me Want Pet. By Tammi Sauer. Illustrated by Bob Shea. Simon and Schuster, 2012. Grades K-2.
2. Tami Sauer's comical text and Bob Shea's bright and bold illustrations will make readers laugh out loud.
3. It is perfect for one-on-one sharing and storytime.
4. You can never have too many "I want a pet" books.
5. Me think it good book. ;-)
* If you win Me Want Pet!, I will send you an email.
* You must be at least 13 to participate.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Where are the Magic Tree House books? Did you know I love Jack and Annie? Have you heard of the Magic Tree House? I only read books about Jack and Annie. I read all of the Magic Tree House books over the summer. My mom wants me to check out a Magic Tree House book. I need Magic Tree House number 31I am not exaggerating. :)
Sunday, March 25, 2012
ENTERTAINMENT for the entire family
FUN, fun, fun for all ages
A GREAT way to introduce road signs
INCLUDES an informative author’s note
KIDS will read it over and over
LENDS itself to car games
MOMS will appreciate it
NEEDS to be read aloud
PERFECT for long and short trips
QUITE possibly the best road trip book for young children
SIGNS never looked so appealing
TEACHES and entertains
UNIQUE book spine
YOUNGSTERS will find it fresh and exciting
ZOOM on over to an independent bookshop to pre-order a copy.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
After an author-illustrator visits our school library, I always encourage students to self-reflect and share what they will remember about the experience five years from now.