Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Trailer Premiere: Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship by Kelly Light

Happy Friday! I am so excited for you to watch the book trailer for Kelly Light's Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship. After you watch the book trailer, please read Kelly's fantastic "ends" to my sentence starters. Congratulations, Kelly! I adore Louise, Art, and Andie! 



The book trailer for Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship was an act of true friendship. Joanna Davidovich and I made the first book trailer in 2014 together. In April, I learned my father had terminal cancer and when Joanna heard, she said, "Kelly, I’ve got this. I want to do this for you.” I handed her the storyboards and what she made is so much more than I could have hoped for. She is wonderful. Friendship has turned out to be the constant buoy during the roughest year of my life. Gratitude washes over me many times a day, for the friends I have made in books, through books and through a shared love of art. 

Joanna can be found at: http://www.cupojo.net.
On June 14, 2016, I feel like we all get to hang with Louise again! I love being able to bring readers back into her life with her brother Art and The Cat! Meeting Andie and Bacon… we see how new friends can struggle to see that differences are okay and interests can overlap but diverge. A little common ground is good along with room to just be yourself! 


I hope Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship builds upon Louise’s world from the first book. She feels real to me and through the letters and drawings and photos that I am sent, I suspect she feels real to readers, too. In the third book, she is off to the first day of second grade with her lucky pencil. The "I Can Read series” I am working on, is like creating mini episodes of Louise’s life. It will be fun to see her world get bigger and bigger. I enjoy every minute with these characters and I hope that comes across for kids! I really want to encourage through subtle nods and winks at the entire world of art and sheer Louise enthusiasm… that picking up a pencil and expressing yourself through the simple act of drawing, doodling..creating…gives yourself and the world some peace, some joy and a whole lot of fun.



I hope art teachers get more attention for the work they do cultivating young imaginations.

Look for Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship on June 14. 
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3 comments:

  1. Thanks for introducing me to these characters! Ahh . . . the art of friendship.

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  2. I met Kelly Light at SCBWI Houston last year and love her cute authenticity. Can't wait for this new book!

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