I’m happy to report that I will be appearing, along with author David LaRochelle, at Red Balloon Books in St. Paul, Minnesota for a super-duper, book kick-off extravaganza! Officially it’s being called a Publication Party for How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans. And green beans are invited too. But they better behave.
It’s not that often that an illustrator and author of a picture book get to sign together or are even seen together is this day of projects being divided out long distance. Especially not when separated by 1,800 miles or so. But of course I still consider myself a Minnesotan for life, so I had to make this one. It’s like a reverse Oregon Trail experience. I’m headed back east from the wild, wooly, muddy, pierced and tattooed frontier. But I’ll use an airplane. And I’ll have an iPad to entertain myself with. There will be much less to do with Ox’s this time around.
You can check out an early review of this picture book at Kirkus by clicking here AND clicking your heels together three times and saying, “There’s no place like Kirkus for a review…” Here’s a excerpt from the review that examines the illustrations, I mean, come on. Of course I’ll going to excerpt that part!
“Dramatically comic illustrations rely on bold colors as well as exaggerated gestures and facial expressions to heighten the absurd. With their silly black hats, boots, mustaches and eyes, the spindly green beans actually do look menacing enough to steal the show.”