Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Book Trailer Premiere: Oona Finds An Egg

I am celebrating the release of Oona Finds An Egg's book trailer with Adele Griffin and Mike Wu. We chatted about mushroom crepes, the recipe for Vulture Vittles, caves, and school libraries. I wrote the words in orange, Adele wrote the words in green, and Mike wrote the words in brown. Thank you, Adele and Mike! 

Oona Finds an Egg tells the story of so much more than Oona finding an egg.

This is a story of how one special Stone Age family changes the world. In a funny way. And helps invent things like the wheel and mushroom crepes.

The Oodlethunks series will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you almost throw up. There is so much Stone Age fun and adventure (and just enough disgusting bits) that you will wish you lived back in the good old Really Old Days with Oona, her brother, Bonk, and Mom and Dad Oodlethunk.

You will also learn things that no one ever knew about prehistoric life. Like the recipe for Vulture Vittles, and what the cave teachers really taught in Grunts and Bellows class.

Mike Wu’s illustrations will change your life. They are so funny and smart and amazing. Kind of like Mike, now that I think about it. Which is why the best animation studios like Pixar and Disney have had Mike work for them. Mike Wu's illustrations make you feel like you are right there in West Woggle.

School libraries are going to love that the animals, vegetation, and topography of West Woggle are inspired by prehistoric Denver, Colorado. This mix of Stone Age facts and fiction combine to make a lively series about hunting and gathering, friends and family, celebration and courage-- and one very special surprise.

Photo Credit: Mike Wu 
Oona Finds An Egg’s book trailer is an awesome introduction to the wonderfully fantastic and fun world of the Oddlethunks!  I think the voices are spot on really bring Oona and Bonk to life.  The book has so much more in store for readers to discover but the trailer is a great companion to it.  Enjoy!!

I created the illustrations with all of you in mind and pictured each scene, character and situation in my head first.  Adele’s lush world provided such a rich roadmap to help define West Wog so wonderfully.  I had tons of fun creating the art, and feel honored to be paired with such a talented writer, who gave this world life.  

Did you know the silhouette cave drawings in the book are inspired by real cave paintings found in Montignac, France.  They are known as the Lascaux Caves.  I was amazed by the keen observation and design sense of these cave artists. Très magnifique!

School libraries are going to love traveling back to the prehistoric days with Oona, Bonk and all the characters in West Woogle. I hope they enjoy seeing all the clever details and humor I've designed for this prehysterical world.

I am giving away 5 copies of Oona Finds an Egg and 5 special prints (see above) illustrated by Mike Wu. 

Rules for the Giveaway

1. It will run from 1/26 to 11:59 PM on 1/28. 

2. You must be at least 13 to enter. 

3. If you win, please pay it forward. 

Borrow Oona Finds an Egg from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 

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