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April 22, 2019

Chester the Worldly Pig

Bill Peet

Bill Peet was an animator for Walt Disney (1937 to 1967), but when the stress was too much, he branched out in his own and created some of the most wonderful and memorable characters in children’s books. Peet writes beautifully. Each sto...

March 17, 2019

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Scholastic Books

Gregor and his baby sister Boots fall down a tunnel behind the laundromat grate and find themselves in the Underland. Population: Giant Bats, Giant Rats, Giant Cockroaches and Violet-eyed Humans. 

March 1, 2019

Inspired by The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale. Thanks to a run in with a sly panther, Marlin finds himself in a bit of trouble with the apes and monkeys in his father's South American turn-of-the-century zoo. 

January 14, 2019

The Zoo at the Edge of the World

by Eric Kahn Gale

The boy, Marlin is called upon by all the birds in the aviary to use his special gift and  have a word with the love-struck bird of paradise who has a crush on the wall mural.

December 17, 2018

19th century British paleontologist biologist Richard Owen, was the first scientist to notice similarities in the skeletal structure of fossils such as Megalosaurus and Iguanodon. Previously believed to be mega crocodiles or iguanas, Owen argued they belonged to their...

December 9, 2018

Brighty of the Grand Canyon  By Marguerite Henry  

Horse lover in the family? Marguerite Henry, teamed with Illustrator Wesley Dennis, are far and away one of the best equine story teller teams to date. Today I'm saluting Brighty of the Grand Canyon with a few...

November 30, 2018

National Velvet by Enid Bagnold

One classic I haven’t read is National Velvet. You can tell because I’ve painted a show jumper not a steeplechaser. And Pi was a Piebald (paint) not a chestnut. But they didn’t get that right in the movie either, so I feel somewhat vindic...

November 26, 2018

When I first turned my career towards story illustration, I had no idea the amount of prep work that goes into making a stunning piece. Before an illustrator puts brush to canvas, they've already done a ton of homework.

The tricky bit is that the image has to look belie...

November 16, 2018

Alice in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll

As an artist It’s hard to pick just one character from Alice in Wonderland to illustrate. I hope I’ve done the Cheshire Cat justice.

“What road do I take?”

The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?”

“I don’t know,” Alice answered.


November 5, 2018

Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

This first book from Auxlier sets an uneasy undertone as our two main characters orphan siblings Molly and Finn wander into service at an isolated estate, secluded on an island buried deep in the woods. Without parents to provide for t...

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