Wow. I can’t believe I’ve let several months pass without an update here! I’ve been so busy, not only with new projects, but also with an extraordinarily large number of school visits, appearances, and book signings! Its so incredibly rewarding getting out to share my work with new people, visiting new schools especially, but now I’m taking a deep breath and giving some updates.
So, first up, my new release of the fall, Puff, the Magic Dragon. Published by Sterling Publishers, I was delighted to be able to adapt the best selling Peter Yarrow/Lenny Lipton/Eric Puybaret picture book into pop up form. While rising costs of manufacturing prevented all of my ideas from being implemented, Puff was a delight to work with. With magnificent paintings by Mr. Puybaret and a cd of four songs from Peter Yarrow himself, this book is a must have for fans of pop up books and folk songs alike. Our book has been well received, as in this wonderful review posted recently in the New York Times. Check back soon as I’ll be creating a page on my website of images of the interior spreads soon.
Work continues on my next large book, a magnificent look at the major national parks of America. Featuring incredibly detailed illustrations by the talented Dave Ember and the insights and guidance of Don Compton (wwwest Publishing), this book is on track to be released next spring. It will feature 6 major parks and glimpses at several more. More on this soon!
Of immediate note, The Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX has asked me to deliver a presentation and workshop Sunday, May 6. Additionally they have created a display of some of my work and processes. If you are in the area, please consider coming by. Would love to meet you! While there, be sure to enjoy the traveling exhibition of the work of Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. I don’t have to tell you how exciting their work is!
And a month later, The Museum of Fine Arts in Dallas has invited me to give a presentation and workshop at their annual BooksmART Festival. Click here for more information on this exciting event. There will be many exciting authors and illustrators in attendance!
I mentioned that I have been visiting schools and telling the students all about the Magic of Paper Engineering. They were all wonderful. So I’d like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart! Here’s a huge Thank You to the staff and students at: The Branch School of Houston; St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary; from Tomball ISD: Canyon Pointe Elementary, Creekside Forest Elementary, Lakewood Elementary, Rosehill Elementary, Tomball Elementary, and Willow Creek Elementary; from CyFair ISD in Houston: Holmsley Elementary, Reed Elementary, Wilbern Elementary, and Robison Elementary; from Katy ISD in Katy, TX: Hutsell Elementary, West Memorial Elementary, Nottingham Elementary, Memorial Parkway Elementary, Hayes Elementary, Alexander Elementary, Rylander Elementary, Pattison Elementary, King Elementary, and Katy Elementary; and from the Lamar Consolidated ISD, McNeill Elementary.