Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fu Finds the Way

My husband, John Rocco's newest book, Fu Finds the Way is coming out tomorrow! We have an advanced copy and it looks gorgeous. I am so proud of him. The book is bound in cloth and has a golden teapot on the front, all protected by a beautiful dust jacket. The story is very zen and the art is breathtaking. He also made a really cool trailer for Fu. 

Monday, September 21, 2009

Feeling Fall

The end of the summer has been a whirlwind. Rearranging my city workspace, preparing a little one for nursery school every morning, and finding a new rhythm in it all. The beautiful fall weather has been luring us out of the house, which has taken its toll on my work time. We are starting to get ready for Halloween and are trying to find a creative way to make a less typical, more spooky princess costume. I did make some skellington inspired earrings for my Etsy shop, and a fall color necklace that put a smile on my face. I hope it does the same for you!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Duck Tents

Our newest picture book acquisition happens to be Duck Tents, by Lynne Berry, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata. Five little ducks go on a camping adventure in the backyard. They each set up their own colorful tent, grab their poles, tramp through the woods, go fishing and toast marshmallows. These ducks are going for the whole camping experience. When the owl starts the nighttime sound symphony with a loud 'Whoo-whoo'  five little ducks change their tune.
The cover of this book immediately caught my eye, brick red with a plaid spine surrounds a charming watercolor painting. They story is cute although somewhat predictable. The inside illustrations however, completely live up to the beautiful cover. Nakata's use of color is superb, her details super cute without getting too sweet, and her page layouts are refreshing. A welcome addition to our picture book library.