Yesterday I bought myself some flowers and Champagne (ok, cheap sparkling wine). When I came home I chilled the wine, put the flowers in water and sat down to sign a four (yes, four as in 4!) book deal with Sterling Publishing Inc. in NY! YAYYY!!! I'll be illustrating classic fairy tales in a series they are publishing and the first one will be Thumbelina! I can't tell you how happy and grateful I am to be busy at doing what I love, it's a privilege really.
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In other news, I've been working on a book for a publisher in Texas. It's a lovely story in rhyme called "In Grandma's Garden" by Ms. Brenda Cockerell. It takes you on a travel around a garden where the plants are often shown as characters or the objects they are named after. It is scheduled to be published as a book and an e-book later this year. All the proceeds will go to breast cancer research and to a fund in the name of Ms. Holly Horton, which sadly died from cancer, in 2009, but she was a dear friend of Ms. Cockerell. It's truly a beautiful story with a beautiful purpose and I'm happy to be a part of it. I'll post more thumbnails and illustrations from it in the next few weeks.
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