Here I am tooting that horn which belongs to me. A Very Witchy Spelling Bee written by George Shannon and illustrated by me was selected as an ideal Halloween book by USA Today. And who would know better?
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A nice review of A Very Witchy Spelling Bee over on this great little blog. Take a few minutes and and give it a read — the blog AND the book! I’ve received many nice comments from kids who enjoy this book and teachers and librarians who have fun with it celebrateing the season AND introducing some spelling lessons. See it at Amazon and Indie Bound.
Here’s a spot image from the book I haven’t shown before.
It’s that time a year again. Me out shilling books I’ve worked on for the Halloween time of year. But this time I’m not the only one.
The Huff Post picked out some of the Best Halloween books for 2013 and A Very Witchy Spelling Bee is on the list! Even though, you know, it’s not reallllly a Halloween book. It’s a spelling book. With witches. And pumpkins.
Happy Halloween indeed!
And thanks to illustrator Bob McMahon for spotting this and letting me know before my day even had a chance to get ugly! And now the day can’t get ugly.
There are some early reviews floating around for a new picture book I illustrated called, A Very Witchy Spelling Bee. Written by George Shannon.
I can’t wait for a permanent settlement on the moon that has a literary review, so I can link to a review and write, “The Lunar Review gives it 5 stars. Literally.” But because of cost per ounce of launching anything into space, they’d probably get a digital download of the book. And the fact that they have to drink recycled urine because there’s so little water available at the moonbase would make me sympathetic about them even if they gave my books bad reviews.
Gentle readers, you know what to do. Order three copies for yourself and at least seven as gifts. Or not.
There are a lot of ways to have a good day. But one way is receiving the first color proof of a new book, or a first actual copy of a new book. I received my advance copy of A Very Witchy Spelling Bee the other day. A very nice way to start a day indeed.
I’ll be honest. Whenever I see my work in final form I always think about what I would do differently if I did it again. How I might approach a page turn or visualize a plot beat in an alternative way. But I put a lot of effort into pushing those feelings aside and enjoying the results of what is often two or more years of working with the material.
A Very Witchy Spelling Bee, written by George Shannon, will be available later this year.
I’ve posted a bit about this already, and you’ll be sick of hearing about it by October. But that’s when A Very Witchy Spelling Bee comes out. So get ready for some witchy tales as October approaches!
This was written by George Shannon and is based on a funny idea of combining spelling and spells.
I’ll post more art as the release approaches.
There’s a few great moments in regards to working on a picture book.
Getting the first set of proofs is usually right up there. The first concrete sign that what you have been working on for perhaps three years, sometimes longer, is nearly an actual thing that other people will get to see and share. The proofs are proof.
Of course you get a bit nervous scanning the proofs for any mistakes, things overlooked. Visual inconsistencies. Yeah, that’s kind of scary. But overall it’s a good thing to get them.
Below are the first proofs for A Very Witchy Spelling Bee which is already listed on Amazon.com. No art yet but the book’s placeholder is there. It’s won’t be for sale until next Fall. So there’s still some waiting involved in this.