Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Little Red Henry Trifecta

The Nerdy Book Club, Colby Sharp, and I scheduled today's terrific trifecta with Linda Urban and Madeline Valentine nearly eight months ago. I'm so excited today is finally here! I hope you have fun jumping from blog to blog! 

I wrote the words in orange, and Madeline Valentine wrote the words in black. Thank you, Madeline! 

When I received the manuscript for Little Red Henry I immediately fell in love with Henry and his glorious independence.

I created the illustrations for Little Red Henry with Linda Urban’s wonderful sense of humor as my inspiration.

Henry’s family is loving, loyal and a bit suffocating. But who isn’t every now and then?

The best thing about being a picture book illustrator is the chance to revisit my childhood every time I put pencil to paper; I’m constantly drawing from my memories of being a kid (No pun intended).

Picture books are magical.

If you visited my studio you would see my well-loved watercolors, my stubby colored pencils and my toy collection.

Reading is one of the few things that both plays on the imagination and is also grounding.
Mr. Schu, you should have asked me what my favorite picture book was when I was a kid.
I was obsessed with Imogene’s Antlers by David Small. The illustrations are phenomenal.

"Years ago, when my son was a preschooler, I watched one of his classmates struggling to put on the many layers of snow gear that can sometimes be required for a Vermont recess. His mom hurried over to help him remove his leg from the armhole of his parka. “I can do it myself!” said the preschooler. And, eventually, he did well enough that he was able to join his pals outside." -Linda Urban | Click here to read the full post. 

"I’m a pretty big fan of Linda Urban. When I read a Linda Urban book for the first time I’m always wearing my “Linda Urban Glasses." -Colby Sharp | Click here to read the full post. 

Borrow Little Red Henry from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

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