Friday, February 22, 2013

Author-illustrator Nadia Shireen

It is Friday! You know what that means, right? Yes, it is the day an author or an educator finishes my sentences. This week's guest is author-illustrator Nadia Shireen. She writes and illustrates picture books that are always a hit with my students.

I wrote the words in red, and Nadia wrote the words in black. Thank you, Nadia! 


Hey, Presto! tells the story of two best friends, and what happens when one of them starts to get a little bossy.

I hope Presto and Monty make you laugh. Presto is a quiet little cat who is a very clever magician. Monty is his funny, noisy friend.



I created the illustrations for Hey, Presto! by doodling them in my sketchbook, then finishing them on my computer, also using collage and pencil and pen. I make it up as I go along - I just play!

Good Little Wolf was my first book, which I hope made people laugh. It's about a very sweet little wolf called Rolf. A few people were surprised by the ending. Look out for that Big Bad Wolf...


I doodle all the time. It got me into trouble a few times at school because I would doodle instead of listening to the teacher. And later, it got me into trouble once or twice at my old office job when I would doodle on important bits of paper! I'm happy I get to do it all day now - it's the best job in the world.

Reading is a fun, cheap and easy way to transport yourself to another time and place. It's also a great way to get people to leave you alone. Everyone respects a reader!



Picture books are  a lot of fun to make. I get to be like a movie director. I tell the story, and control what the audience sees and what they have to work out for themselves.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about my next book! It's about a great big hairy creature, and my hand is sore from drawing so much FUR.


I am giving away one copy of Hey, Presto! 

Rules for the Giveaway

1. It will run from 2/22 to 11:59 P.M. CST on 2/24. 

2. You must be at least 13. 

3. Please pay it forward. :) 



Borrow Hey, Presto! from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops

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