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Fee Fi Fo Fum… I smell a new counting activity book based on a classic tale!

21 Sep

Miles Kelly, an independent kids’ book publisher in the UK, created a series of wipe-clean math activity books, based on classic fairy tales. I was happy to be selected to work on Jack and the Beanstalk! It was a super-specific brief, as each spread from one to ten had to have increasing numbers of repeated elements fit in, along with all the usual information needed to tell the story. It was a bit tricky but also fun to create the world of this grumpy giant and his bemused giantess wife.

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If you’d like to see more of my illustrations, my full portfolio is right here 🙂

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Back to School with Chirp Magazine

12 Sep
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Chirp magazine Sept. issue

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Marvin’s Monkey Bars

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The “Everybody Bars”

Chirp, Owlkids’ magazine for 3- to 6-year-olds, commissioned me to illustrate the cute story “Marvin’s Monkey Bars” for their September issue. Marvin the monkey thinks the monkey bars should be ONLY for monkeys (i.e., himself, as he seems to be the only monkey at this school) – hence the name. But after a little solo time on “his” bars, he realizes playtime is more fun with friends, and decides to call his favourite part of the playground the “everybody bars”! An important lesson – everyone belongs – learned early on by most, but sadly not all, kids.

If you’d like to check out more of my illustrations, have a look here. Thanks!

We Are All the Best Chef!

26 Oct

lw_bestchef_yikes_1000Repeat client Yeamoonsa Bien House, an educational publishing house in South Korea, gave me this wacky and adorable story to illustrate. It’s about a restaurant run by animals, and the food is HORRIBLE. Nobody is happy. So, the staff go on a hunt for “The Best Chef”. Each applicant has his or her own specialty (unfortunately the silly quail’s specialty is worms – yuck!), and they all really want to help. In the end, of course the solution is teamwork, and the animals learn that, together, “We are all the BEST CHEF!”

To see more of my anthropomorphic animal art and some more appetizing food art as well, please check out my portfolio. Bon appetit!

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The Elephant’s Child – New book for Miles Kelly

24 Oct

This fun book I illustrated for Miles Kelly in the UK, The Elephant’s Child, by Rudyard Kipling, recently became available for purchase: Order The Elephant’s Child.

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It’s a “Just So” story and tells the story of how the elephant got his super useful and stylish long trunk – previously he just had a fat little piggy nose, apparently! It was a treat to illustrate all the cute characters and the African scenery including the Great Grey Green Greasy Limpopo!