The Emily's Blue Period Trifecta

Moments after Colby Sharp and I read Emily's Blue Periodwe knew it deserved the Sharp-Schu trifecta treatment on its book birthday. I think you'll see why after you pore over each page. It is one of those picture books that you want to share with everyone in your life. Perfection. 
 Please join us in celebrating this marvelous and unique picture book with the Nerdy Book Club, Cathleen Daly, and Lisa Brown. 

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

Emily and her family were fun to draw. Especially Jack’s temper tantrum in the furniture store. I named the store “STÜF” and it was NOT modeled after any actual store, I swear…

The illustrations for Emily’s Blue Period were done in graphite and watercolor on paper. I used a lot of blue paint, for obvious reasons. Then I scanned the art into the computer and added texture and collage elements in Photoshop. For Emily’s collage, I used scraps of colored and patterned paper that I found at an art supply store, plus items that I picked up around my studio and my house: buttons, wrapping paper, ribbons, keys, washers, old scrabble letters, and more.

Cathleen Daly and I met each other a long, long time ago when she came to a panel at 826 Valencia on which my husband was speaking. About children’s books, of course. I was in the back of the room on my first evening out with our newborn baby who promptly threw up all over me so I went home.

Pablo Picasso painted a painting of his son and his son’s toy horse. It is called “Claude à deux ans avec son cheval à roulettes” (Claude at two years old with his wheeled horse).  I decided to give Emily that same toy horse in our book.

Whenever I visit a school library, I make sure they have a graphic novel section.

Reading is more important than breathing. Ok, ALMOST more important.

Picture books are my obsession.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me…If I wanted another martini. Why yes, I do, THANK YOU.

I am giving away one copy of Emily's Blue Period

Rules for the Giveaway 

1. It will run from 6/17 to 11:59 p.m. on 6/18. 

2. You must be at least 13. 

3. Please pay it forward. 

Head on over to Mr. Sharp's blog to read his interview with Cathleen Daly. 

Cathleen is today's Nerdy Book Club guest blogger. 

Borrow Emily's Blue Period from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


  1. OF COURSE I entered the Giveaway. Almost always do! :D This was a very fun read. I really enjoyed learning more about Lisa's process and seeing her work. I was just at Colby's site and now off to Nerdy! Thanks for the great interview, John and Lisa :)


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